Fear Of Change

In any business transformation, employees will be asked to think differently and do things differently.   If you are having issues with resistance to change, it may just be the fear factor at work. Change can be a scary thing. You are asking people who have been successful at doing things a certain way to change. This creates uncertainty. Read More …

Are You Using the Sink or Swim Approach to Developing Leaders?

Of course everyone will respond “no” to this question but the truth is that it happens more often than you think. In many cases when a new supervisor steps into their first formal leadership role there may be all kinds of issues lurking that require his or her attention.  There could be a discipline issue, an FMLA case, grievances to address, teamwork dysfunction, disgruntled employees, etc.  Read More …

Effective Leaders Build Trust

A recent article in Forbes cited research that indicated 45% of employees say “lack of trust in leadership is the biggest issue in work performance.”  Building trust is an essential part of being an effective leader. Trust facilitates a work environment where people are not afraid to express their ideas. It enables people to support a leader’s decision even though they might have reservations. Read More …

Leadership Matters

Great leaders create a work environment that garners trust, facilitates inclusion, sparks innovation and engages employees. They do this by being fair and objective, allowing their employees a voice in the process, connecting employees to a purpose, providing professional development and career opportunities, and appreciating, recognizing and rewarding employees. I have worked for a few leaders Read More …

The “Magic Ingredient” to Employee Engagement

Are your employees engaged?  You don’t need a 200 question employee engagement survey to answer the question.  Just look around your office.   Are people excited about what they are doing or listless as they pound through the mountains of work.   Are they actively seeking growth and development and is the company helping them achieve their professional Read More …

Top Down or Bottom Up?

Is process improvement best accomplished Top-Down or Bottom-Up?  The answer is Yes.   The purpose of “Top Down” engagement is to provide a vision, goals, leadership, barrier removal and most importantly a passion for excellence.   Leadership sets the tone and gets folks engaged.  Improvement ideas?  The best are usually bottom-up.  Why?  Because the folks closest to the work are the Read More …