Who is Your Ideal Employee?

If you secretly want a doppelganger working for you, you’re not alone. It’s a desire many managers and business owners have privately shared with me. What they really want, more than anything else, is an employee who: has the same values that they have can make decisions like they would take action when they would have … Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Peer Feedback?

Have you ever had one of your peers give you feedback and tell you how you should be doing things differently? Did you get turned off? If you have, that’s normal… and at the same time, you missed an opportunity to improve. People tend to feel quite protective about how they do things. It might … Read More

Handling Signs of Employee Disengagement

Do you know what your employees think about their work environment? Are they engaged and productive? More importantly, would it make any difference if you knew they weren’t? When it’s 90 degrees out and your employees are sweating profusely in the office, you know that they are hot and uneasy. At a time like this, … Read More

The Illusion of Employee Productivity: Part 2

In The Illusion of Employee Productivity: Part 1, we explored how setting expectations and providing support impacts your employees’ productivity levels. Now let’s see what other factors influence employee productivity and what you can do about it. The Four Big Factors Continued 3. GRANT RECOGNITION Although some jobs, such as commission based sales positions, are … Read More

The Illusion of Employee Productivity: Part 1

Many business owners believe that offering their employees fair compensation guarantees high productivity in the workplace. These same managers run their organizations under the assumption that telling their employees what needs to get done will result in completion at the quality level the supervisor had in mind. Often, these illusions and miscommunications are the exact reasons projects … Read More

8 Ways to Get the Most From This Blog

Whether you are a casual reader here or a dedicated follower of our work, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the time you’re investing with us. Below, you’ll find a list of 8 easy-to-implement suggestions that give you a significantly bigger return on your involvement here by increasing your engagement. … Read More

Why So Many Avoid Making New Year Resolutions?

As you are reading this, it is getting closer to the ball drop on Times Square and the new year and your resolutions are in place. Every year, we see that January is the best month for growth in gym membership sales. Traditionally, people set new goals regarding their health and sign up for one … Read More

Bringing a Stress-Free Attitude to Life

Life is hard. People are dumb. Money is evil. My mother-in-law is… Stop right there. Isn’t it time to see whether these opinions are really true? Some of these claims make a big impact on the way you live. The opinions you have affect your ability to relate well to others and your attitude. If you … Read More

Four Selfish Reasons to Listen

Just because you know the benefits of listening doesn’t necessarily mean that you see the value in applying the skill to your own life! This raises one highly important question. Aside from being nice, why would you waste your time listening to what others have to say? 1. First of all, when you listen to … Read More

What Do I Do With Underperforming Team Members?

We were moving fairly quickly on our project. My team was easily hitting every milestone. I was even able to start working from home once a week. As a matter of fact, you couldn’t find a happier manager. But happy times were about to end… or at least to be questioned. As weeks went on, … Read More