It’s important to motivate and reward your best people, but is promotion really the right call?
In the medical sales field and across a number of industries, employees who perform well are often promoted to manager. The idea is to recognize your best people and foster internal talent.
This makes sense, since a recent Gallup poll discovered that 70 percent of employees aren’t actively engaged in their roles. Companies with employee engagement routinely enjoy at least 22 percent greater productivity and up to 65 percent lower turnover. Read more…
On one side of the campfire sat “Newbie” — a 20-something who was ripe with energy. On the other side of the fire sat “Senior” — a 60-something who was stacked with wisdom.
It wasn’t often a new guy was invited to our annual canoe trip in Canada. Most of the group had been making the grueling trip into the middle of the wilderness for at least a decade.
So, on the first night of our trip, Senior was sharing some of the rules of the island — like how our food bag was hung by a rope, on a tree branch, every night, so that a hungry bear wouldn’t steal it while we slept. Read more…
As my American team members prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m in a mood to share top ways to say thanks.
While all below are written with the workplace in mind, all of them can (and should) be applied in our personal lives as well. The power of thanks goes deep — at work and at home. Read more…
Dickens may have penned A Christmas Carol back in 1843, but the ghost of bad management is still haunting workplaces in 2013.
Nowhere is this more prevalent and on display than in industries that boom in Q4 (i.e. retailing, food service, hospitality, transportation, entertainment, etc.). The make-or-break pressures of managing a business during the holidays can bring out the worst in the best of us..
So if the challenge to increase sales and decrease overhead amidst staggering competition has left you feeling as though you’ve been inhabited by the spirit of Rob Ford, why not go all-in and ensure that your employees hate the holidays as much as you do? you know, share your misery and get some company! Read more…
Second of two parts
Editor’s note: If you missed Part 1, see New Study: 96% Think Culture Change is Needed in Their Organization
The bottom line from the Booz & Company culture study is this: 96 percent said culture change is needed.
The challenge is that leaders must go far beyond basic tips, keys, or “levers,” like Booz & Co. highlighted in their study, if there is hope for sustainable culture change.
There must be a better way to build pride, drive out fear, and support the purpose and strategy of an organization with effective culture work. We believe the answer is to build your unique culture foundation. Read more…
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King” — Erasmus of Rotterdam
I love quotes, but sometimes one comes across that you have not heard of and it is all too powerful. My interpretation is even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
I had a conversation a few weeks back from a young professional that I mentor. On her LinkedIn page, she listed herself as a “PR expert.” Two years into her career and she was already an expert. How did that happen? Read more…
The unemployment/underemployment problem facing Millennials predates the Great Recession.
It goes back to the early programming they received from their parents when the economy was booming in the early 2000’s. And parents haven’t let up.
“Follow your dreams.” “Find your passion.” “You’ve got to love what you do.”
Dreams? Passion? Love? Read more…
I get asked a lot about the future of HR and I always say – if I’m not talking to someone totally uptight – that in about 10 years most of us will be replaced by artificially intelligent machines who don’t whine about money or appreciation.
That’s why I tend to limit my crystal ball gazing to about five years.
(For you doubters, I just watched a science show in which I learned that the biggest obstacle to robots replacing humans isn’t the ability to think or learn, it’s the ability to climb stairs! And between you and me, I think they’re gonna solve that one sometime over the next 10 years.)
So let’s look at the next five years and leave everything beyond that to the clever folks over at MIT. Here are seven (7) trends that are transforming HR as we speak, and by extension, how work is compensated. Read more…
There are several things that stall progress, but one that occurs a lot is the human tendency to avoid conflict.
It’s almost impossible for a team to make progress on something new, without raising, and working through at least some uncomfortable conflict.
If you are avoiding conflict, you are avoiding execution.
Many teams opt for a false sense of agreement and pleasant-ness instead, because it’s more comfortable. Read more…
I read an article the other day that advised employees to never tell a boss, “I don’t know.” Instead, the authors advised, the right response is: “I’ll find out right away.”
Well, any regular reader of career advice (I’ll plead guilty) knows that there is a lot of bad advice out there. A lot.
And while I wouldn’t consider the above to be the worst of the bunch, it’s close.
What’s so objectionable about saying “I don’t know,” if in fact, you don’t know? Read more…