Do These 5 Action Words Describe Your Leadership Style?

Over the past 25 years I’ve worked with front-line employees, union employees, engineers, customer service representatives and a host of other professional and technical employees. I’ve served as a supervisor, manager, director and executive at a FORTUNE 200 company, championed a successful company transformation effort that improved thousands of processes and saved more than $1 billion, led a corporate-wide United Way Read More …

What Are You Doing Here?

If you step outside of your office and ask one of your employees “What are you doing here?” most would say “working.” Some may offer additional information that describes their task or job. “I’m programming the materials database” or “I’m completing a new service order.” If you are really bold, you might ask this question: “Given the Read More …

The Power of a Handwritten Note

For most leaders, making in through the day is like being caught up in a whirlwind. Between meetings, projects, deadlines, emails and the latest crisis, it’s easy to forget about the good stuff that is happening and the employees that make it so. Acknowledging good work is just as important as returning a call from the CEO. If Read More …

Engagement + Productivity = High Performance

Productivity drivers provide the foundation for success by making sure there is a work structure, trained and skilled employees, and processes to get the work done.  Technology and innovation enables the organization to move forward and compensation structures provide incentives and can facilitate increased productivity. Engagement drivers connect the company with its employees.   A compelling 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 …

Today’s Workforce is Changing. Are Leaders Keeping Up?

Work-life balance, technology, demographics, social media, a drive for continuous learning and a desire for meaningful work is reshaping our workforce. Are leaders prepared to deal with these changes? Do they know how to engage today’s workforce? Are they helping employees reach their full potential? Workforce changes are happening so fast that it is virtually impossible Read More …

The Most Powerful Trait of a Great Leader

In reading hundreds of books and articles that describe the characteristics of great leaders, it is common to find traits related to vision, courage, accountability, communication, inspiration, trustworthy, results oriented, team builder, etc. But seldom do I see what I believe is the most powerful trait of a great leader.  They Care. Great leaders genuinely care about their company, their Read More …