Your Employees: Go Ahead and Love Them

Your Employees: Go Ahead and Love Them

February is “love” season. You know, Valentines Day and all. In terms of the workplace, it kind of begs the question, “Can we show love at work?” In this day and age of harassment suits and political correctness, many managers shy away from showing love for their...
5 Ways to Create a Learning Culture

5 Ways to Create a Learning Culture

Every day when I arrived home from school my mom would ask the same question. It was deliberate and predictable. She would ask me, “Marnie, what did you learn today.” Early on my response was also predictable. “Nothing.” Year after year my mother asked this question...
Get Promoted Using Self-Deprecation

Get Promoted Using Self-Deprecation

The more self-aware you are the greater your leadership effectiveness will be. In a recent study from PDI Ninth House and the University of Minnesota, researchers found that leaders who were out of touch with how others perceived them were more likely to see their...
How to Rate Employee Performance

How to Rate Employee Performance

The end of the year is performance evaluation time for many organizations.  If you are expected to assign a rating to the performance of your employees, consider five perspectives that can take the pain out of this often dreaded process. All levels of the scale should...
Employee Performance: Do you Have Time?

Employee Performance: Do you Have Time?

You do not have time to NOT manage employee performance! If managing employee performance is not a high priority for you on a daily basis, your employees may not be receiving the support and feedback they need to be effective.  It is the manager/supervisor’s job...
Employee Owners or Employee Renters?

Employee Owners or Employee Renters?

Employees are a lot like cars.  The amount of care, attention to detail, and feelings of permanency we project toward our cars is comparable to the way employees view the employer-employee relationship.  Consider this analogy. Employee Renters   When we rent a car,...
Working Your Strategic Plan

Working Your Strategic Plan

Has your organization joined the many that are embarking on a strategic plan?  Public sector organizations are turning to strategic plans en masse with the hope of defining a better future.  Beautiful documents are being created to represent visions of a better...
Accountability Doesn’t Work

Accountability Doesn’t Work

The outcry is loud and clear: public agencies must be held accountable! It follows that if the agency is going to be held accountable, employees who make up the agency should be held accountable too. As a result, public sector leaders are considering accountability...
Gaining Momentum

Gaining Momentum

I’m part of a volunteer organization that went through a bit of a slump in the past few years.  We found ourselves begging for board members and scraping by financially.  Attendance at events was at an all-time low. The leadership team struggled to agree on a...
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