The Madness Over March Madness

Thursday March 23, 2017 comments

Blame it on my admiration for successful organizations that have chosen NOT to make a policy out of everything and yet have spectacular results. Places like Netflix and Nordstrom come to mind. By contrast, when I read of advice to business leaders about the need to codify rules around everything that employees might even think of doing that could negatively impact productivity, I wince. Were at Sweet 16, smack in the middle of March Madness. So, those who would wring their hands cite: A change in the behavior of employees; An... Read More

3 Leadership Resolutions for the New Year

Monday January 2, 2017 comments

Lose weight. Get in shape. Stop smoking. Get out of debt. Its just so human to want new beginnings, fresh starts, and do-overs. So we come up with resolutions our noble intentions to do things that may be more grandiose than what we actually do or even can do. But its all good because it helps us focus on the future, think of things we want to do, and create new ways to improve. We need that. So do our organizations. So do our teams. Survey after survey after survey after survey of working people show 3 things most of them find most... Read More

Overtime Rule Blocked - Not Tackled

Wednesday November 23, 2016 comments

Overtime Rule Blocked but Not Tackled Big news yesterday a federal judge has blocked the Department of Labors new Overtime Rule from taking effect next week. Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the Department of Labors authority to change the salary threshold. As much as this is good news, it is only a preliminary injunction. It only means a delay while the court determines the Department of Labors authority to make the rule, as well... Read More

Constant Change is Here to Stay

Monday November 21, 2016 comments

Constant Change is Here to Stay If you did not like the change promised 8 years ago, you may welcome the change coming January 20. If you liked the change over the last 8 years, you may dread whats ahead. Change is coming. Of course, its always coming. Business leaders like stability in which to conduct business. They dont like it when they arent in control of the change and its imposed on them. Especially by the government. Following are the 7 bigger changes coming that will impact work: ACA The Affordable Care Act is... Read More

Office Politics 2016 v 2.0

Monday October 10, 2016 comments

Office Politics 2016 v 2.0 Less than a month to go and mudslinging is taking a new slog this election. I suspect it will get worse. A quick rundown of the last few days and whats next: On Friday, we first heard of a video of Trump 11 years ago being pretty much as crass as everyone knew he could be; Over the weekend we saw shock and outrage from people in both camps, and a whole lot of talk about it and numerous showings of the video; Last night at the debates, this video and his words were discussed. In response, Trump... Read More

Help! I Hired the Wrong Person!

Monday September 26, 2016 comments

In the space of 1 week I heard this 3 times from 3 different companies. It's easier to make a mistake in a low unemployment employees' market. I'm in business to help organizations find solutions. I enjoyhelping people make transitions, get closure, and move ahead. BUT, I would much prefer to prevent all that by creating solutions in advance that help organizations find people who will get their mission, see their vision, and live their values. There are ways to get out of a bad hire quickly without being careless. There are risks and... Read More

7 Reasons for Workplace Drama

Tuesday September 13, 2016 comments

Whats worse than workplace drama? Its right up there with election year political attack ads. Pretty much everyone hates both, wishes they would go away, puts up with it thinking it will end soon. The attack ads do at least for a little while; the workplace drama doesnt self-resolve. Thats where leadership comes in. There are numerous reasons office drama happens. It manifests itself in attitude, gossip, complaining, overreaction, hurt feelings, sides, resentment and a lot of other things that have one big impact: a huge decrease in... Read More

When Someone Is Throwing Rocks At You...

Sunday August 21, 2016 comments

When Someone Is Throwing Rocks At You I got a call from a client who was wondering how I would handle a fabricated story someone said about his company. The potentially damaging words came from someone who may have been disgruntled because they hadnt done business together and probably werent going to. The fabricator had no access to this kind of information, so there was no credibility to it. Of course, those who heard it wouldnt know that; one of them called my client. And the potentially damaging comments were said in a group setting.... Read More

Pokemon: Go or No Go?

Sunday August 14, 2016 comments

Pokmon: Go or No Go? Boy thats been a quickly developing phenomenon! Its estimated that over 1 billion installs of Pokmon Go have occurred as of August 1. Its estimated that it has generated $250 million in revenue, and is projected to hit $1 billion. Not too shabby for a game thats been out about a month. Thats a lot of downloads. Thats a lot of data usage. Thats a lot of people chasing Pokmon. It can also be a lot of people doing so while at work. In a recent survey of about 110 thousand employees conducted by Forbes, 32% said they... Read More

Creating a Culture of Appreciation

Monday August 1, 2016 comments

There are thousands of books with thousands of ideas about how to appreciate, recognize, or honor people in your organization. So many good ideas. The problem with them is that they are ideas that worked in some other organization that took the time to figure out what worked for them. Though imitation may be the highest form of flattery, its not a recipe for creating the best solution for your workplace. One of the top reward or motivation factors for employees is full appreciation. Its a relatively free or inexpensive solution to the issue... Read More


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