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


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


Team Work for Your Work Team

Monday July 18, 2016 comments

Teamwork: Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause. Thats what Dictionary.com says. But thats not what Im talking about. Im sitting in a gym at Wheat Ridge High School on a JulySaturday afternoon, waiting to watch my teenage daughter and her basketball team play the first of five games in a weekend summer tournament. Im not complaining. I love being my kids dad and I love being in the stands to support them the loudest one in the stands to support... Read More


Office Politics v2016

Monday July 11, 2016 comments

Some people want to force conversations about the elephant in the room. Some people want to behave like asses. And Im not really addressing either political party as much as I am behaviors that seem to be commonplace in our society when it comes to this polarizing presidential election. Weve still got 4 months until a new president is elected. You may feel so strongly about your candidate of choice that you want to try to persuade employees to vote your way. Conversely, with all the commercials, mailings, phone calls, and other attempts to... Read More


Do It Right the First Time

Tuesday July 5, 2016 comments

Do It Right the Fist Time. Sounds good. Why do rework when it saves time and money to do things right the first time? Why spend money on warranty work, returns, or lost productivity if organizations can prevent all that? People hear the phrase Do It Right the First Time, and assume that refers to the output of a person, and perhaps the attitude of that person as he or she approaches work. If work wasnt done right then the worker was at fault. Such an assessment is an after-the-fact evidence of failure rather than an assurance of success... Read More


Who Benefits From Your Benefits

Monday June 27, 2016 comments

Who Benefits From Your Benefits? Back before World War II, few Americans had health insurance. Fewer still received it as an employee benefit. Of course, life was simpler then. Healthcare was relatively medieval, and most people just suffered through all but the most debilitating pain or disease. Back before World War II, few Americans had any kind of employer-provided retirement plan. Of course, life was simpler then. People didnt live that long because healthcare wasnt that good. And most died shortly after retirement, living at home... Read More


Workplace Conflict

Monday June 13, 2016 comments

Workplace conflict. It happens. We like to think that time will resolve things. Time doesnt heal; it buries. Left unresolved, issues fester and become apparent later. And when they do its usually worse. The biggest mistake most people make is not to try to resolve things. The next biggest mistake people make is to try to assert their rights and force an apology. Ask yourself, Do I want to be right, or do I want to be effective? They arent always the same thing. When workplace conflict does happen - particularly when the offense is not that... Read More


Founder's Syndrome

Monday June 6, 2016 comments

Founders Syndrome. At least thats what I call it. Someone has a great idea, an invention, a new way, a new service. Others join the adventure partners, employees, investors. At some point one of 2 things can happen: The founder decides that a new leader is needed. Maybe the founder wants to cash out. Often the founder doubts her ability to lead but still wants to hang around in some capacity; Someone else decides that a new leader is needed. Maybe that decision comes from an investor, a partner, or the bank. Someone wants a change... Read More


Employee Engagement

Thursday April 7, 2016 comments

Did you know that about $1 billion is spent on employee engagement initiatives annually in the U.S? Did you know that there isnt a lot of proof that its helping the bottom line? Did you know that there isnt a lot of proof that its helping employee engagement? Half a century ago, Psychologist Frederick Herzberg came up with his Motivation / Hygiene Theory, which was basically counter to the conventional wisdom of his day. While others were saying that the same things that motivate employees could also serve as demotivators, Herzberg came up... Read More


Generational Generalizations

By: MarkWeaver Monday August 17, 2015 comments

I have this 19 year old son who likes to quip that when his old man was a teenager surfing in Florida, there was no sand on the beach. Only rocks. Erosion hadnt created sand yet. So when I talk about what life was like when I entered the professional workplace, lets just say it wasnt yesterday. When I entered the workforce in the early 80s, we were toward the end of the Baby Boomer generation. That meant that there were a whole LOT of older baby boomers already in the workforce for 15 or so years, and a bunch of people even older. And even... Read More



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