7 Things Your Rock-Star Employees Want to Hear You Say

Not every high-performer is looking to be promoted. And that’s fine. You need rock stars in every role. But every high-performer is human and longs for appreciation, connection, and wants to be heard. It’s so easy to direct our attention to the folks who need our help the most. Be sure to pay attention to your top 20% as well.

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Forget Time Management. Try This Instead.

Let’s face it: How many of us really want to be the passenger on an airplane with an exhausted, pilot at the helm? When you’re in a leadership role, managing your own energy is vital to your ability to impact and influence others.
We are busy.

In fact, we’re busier than we’ve ever been.

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How an “Off-Kilter” Day Still Turned Out Okay

It was a Monday. The day of the week I typically plan to be a high productivity day to power through client and personal responsibilities. However, this one was not starting out that way.

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Workplace Culture

There is something important to consider when selecting a job, key to remaining happy in a job, and part of many decisions to stay or leave a job. I am, of course, talking about workplace culture.

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3 Ways to Become Financially Fit

If you apply for a job and you get that job, that company can only guarantee you today’s wages. But, if you create your own job, you can guarantee whatever wage you want for yourself.

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How to Improve the Emerging Culture of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can range from persistent offensive sexual jokes to inappropriate touching to posting offensive material in the workplace. Sexual harassment at work is a significant issue and can happen to both women and men.

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Great Leaders Ask Questions

Excerpted from “Great Leaders ASK Questions – A Fortune 100 List” “Leadership is not as much about knowing the right answers, as it is about knowing the right questions.” Are you familiar with T.A.? You are probably familiar with A.A. – Alcoholics Anonymous. Well,...

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Coffee Shop Productivity Tips

The smell of fresh grounds. The presence of other people quietly conversing or tapping at their laptops. The stimulating energy of a common gathering place. Coffee. What’s not to like about settling in to do some work at a coffee shop? Many people take advantage of a...

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A New Year, but My Life Gets Older

I went to a funeral last week. It was a sobering start to a new year. He was a young man, 53, leaving a wife and two young children behind him. I hadn’t met him, but his brother is a good friend of mine. There is something about funerals. They seem to be able to blow...

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Significant Service

Do you work in a productive, inspiring workplace? Or is your organization’s culture primarily frustrating and dull? Tiny HR’s  2015 Engagement and Culture Report revealed that only 31 percent of employees feel strongly valued at work. While that is better than the 21%...

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Pushing the Limits of Growth

Adapted from Pacing for Growth; Why Intelligent Drives Long-Term Success, out in Feb. 2017 It’s difficult to know what the “right” amount of restraint is for a business. Sometimes, leaders lead with too little restraint, sometimes with too much. What’s clear is that...

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Drama Is Killing Us

Adapted from Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability to be released in Spring 2017. What is Drama? It’s easy to identify the behaviors of drama: gossip, secrets, triangulating, retaliating, blaming, avoiding, turf wars,...

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How to Handle Mean People

You don’t have to look far to find mean people. Back in the 60’s, when I lived in a Long Beach, CA neighborhood, there was an older gentleman who lived on our street.  There were fifty 8-to-12-year-olds on that street, so you can imagine that there was much play in...

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My 6 Pillars of Resolve

I attended a cancer conference recently and some of the medics said to me “I wish some of my patients were like you”. It didn’t register with me initially but later I realized that perhaps I had the ability to go places they couldn’t reach. A regular stumbling block...

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