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Use a Decision Tree in Your Quest for Answers!

Posted on May 14th, by Marc Plooster in on the job. 1 Comment

Do I know how to ask questions?  What seems like a rhetorical question at best and an absurd question at worse, I am thinking the answer may be a soft no.  I would like to think I know the grammatical and punctuation rules accompanying written questions, but some may disagree.  However, to say I have … Read More »


Municipal IT Director: 6 Must Have Qualities

Posted on May 12th, by Jeffrey Morgan in networking/interviewing, Public Sector News. No Comments

There’s nothing worse than that gut wrenching feeling of buyer’s remorse. You have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of your expensive, shiny new gadget and have high expectations. You open the box and find that it is beautifully wrapped. You unpack it, plug it in, and . . .

Nothing.  It’s a dud!

If you bought it … Read More »


3 Steps to Eliminating Bullying at Work

Posted on April 9th, by Chris Edmonds in on the job. No Comments

Have you seen bullying behavior at work? Have you experienced bullying yourself? Bullying is extremely common. Stand by for some shocking statistics!
 
I am a huge proponent of creating high performance AND values-aligned workplaces. In a safe, inspiring, productive workplace, everyone is treated with trust, respect, and dignity in every interaction.

I admire the work of the Workplace … Read More »


A Serving Leader’s Ego

Posted on April 5th, by Kenneth Jennings  in education/training. No Comments

The following is excerpted from their book, The Serving Leader. In this excerpt, Mike, who has been called to help his dying father’s leadership project, goes to visit a company whose leadership style has been an influential part of his father’s project. His guide, Ali, is his father’s colleague. The company he is visiting helps … Read More »


KPIs for Life: Understanding Organizational Management

Posted on February 13th, by Marc Plooster in education/training. No Comments

I am working on a new but familiar project focusing on performance management and key performance indicators (KPIs).  The framework and presentation of a performance management system does not matter I am realizing.  Specifically, the way performance measurement initiatives are structured is only as important as their ability to create common understanding among employees.

To test … Read More »


Don’t Just Manage Results: Manage Heads, Hearts & Hands

Posted on February 13th, by Chris Edmonds in on the job. 4 comments

If you see your job as managing processes and results, you’re doing half of the effective leader’s job. The other half? Managing people’s energy – and inspiring them bringing their heads (knowledge), hearts (authentic care), and hands (skills) to their work.

Most leaders see their role as that of managing processes and results within their … Read More »


Motivational Junk Food: What’s the Problem?

Posted on February 7th, by Susan Fowler in education/training. No Comments

The Problem with Feeding People Motivational Junk Food

Excerpt from Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … And What Does by Susan Fowler. 

Be careful of being driven. If you are driven, who is doing the driving? I heard this old adage many years ago, and ever since, “being driven” has held a negative connotation for me. … Read More »


Sixteen Goals for 2016

Posted on January 8th, by Marnie Green in Management Articles. No Comments

When we are in the middle of turbulence, we look for the smooth patch of air. That’s exactly what I saw a client do back in 2010 when the organization seemed to be stretching itself to the limits.

City of Richland, WA City Manager Cindy Johnson was under pressure to produce a seemingly endless list of … Read More »


Performance Management: Shifting Organizational Culture

Posted on September 5th, by Marnie Green in Management Articles. No Comments

Performance management is becoming THE high priority for government entities nation-wide. In fact, a Time Magazine article by Amanda Ripley said, “If we really want more effective governance, we should tie these generous [public sector employee] benefits to meaningful outcomes.” The article goes on to say, “As anyone who works in the private sector knows, … Read More »


So You Don’t Trust Your Boss

Posted on August 8th, by Henna Inam in on the job. No Comments

Few things zap your motivation than having a bad relationship with your boss. Trust me, I know from experience, people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.  I have an executive coaching client. Let’s call her Mary. She doesn’t trust her boss, John. She feels John doesn’t have her back but doesn’t feel comfortable giving him … Read More »