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 …

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 …

LITE Up Your Bright Ideas

Better, cheaper, faster.  These words have become the mantra of today’s business world.  Technology is reinventing itself at an exponential rate driving businesses to seek new and innovative ways to meet growing customer and shareholder expectations.  But creating a work environment where innovation flourishes doesn’t just happen.  It requires four key elements:  Leadership, Ideas, Tools and Execution (LITE) Leadership:  Leaders play Read More …

Making Change? Here’s the One Thing You Can’t Buy

Keeping up in today’s changing world requires a constant eye on the market, technology and your customers. Companies also must have the ability to quickly adapt to new ways of doing business as new skills, new processes and new technology can pave the way to success.  Many companies look to consultants that have a proven track Read More …

Leading Innovation Takes Grit

Whether it’s developing new products or services, changing how they are delivered or restructuring work processes to be more efficient, being able to find new and innovative ways to meet customer demands is critical to success. Innovation is no longer reserved for the chosen few but has become a mainstay in addressing the ongoing challenge posed Read More …

Set Big Goals

What are you going to accomplish this year?  When asked to set goals, most people think about what they believe is possible to accomplish and in most cases they already have an idea of how to get there.  But this is the type of thinking that can impose arbitrary  constraints on what can really be achieved.  In general, people want 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 …

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 …