Timely Management Tips: What Is A “Best Place to Work?”

The Situation: Every year, business magazines release their annual list of Best Places to Work but do we really know what makes it a “best place”? Often it means different things to different people. What are some common characteristics that make a company a “best place to work”? How can you recognize such an organization? One Solution: Companies that routinely make a “best place to […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: An Attitude of Gratitude

The Situation: Gratitude is one of the most under-used leadership competencies yet we know how motivating and empowering it can be. Showing appreciation for the contributions of others has been closely linked to increased employee engagement and retention. Competent leaders know that expressing gratitude is important for personal and professional reasons. Personally, by spending time being thankful for what we have, we harness the ability […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: The Stay Interview

The Problem: In the past, you would have to wait until an exit interview to learn why someone chose to leave your company. Today, you do not have the luxury of losing competent talent when there are few replacements waiting on the sidelines.  Hence, the idea of the stay interview has come into practice as a proactive strategy for retaining good to great talent. The […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: What is Good Leadership

The Question: What is good leadership and how can I recognize it when I see it? While there are many definitions of leadership, the one I like best is: “Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen, despite the obstacles.” –John Kotter. The Answer: Every year, hundreds if not thousands of books are published […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Managing Burnout & Turnover

The Problem: According to a recent Stanford University survey, 52% of workers say they are stressed at work on a daily basis. In addition, 46% say employee burnout is responsible for up to half of workforce turnover. The higher the turnover, the more time and money is spent on recruiting, training and overtime. Hence, less time and money is available for employee recognition and development. […] Read more »

September Biz Forum discusses strategies for team motivation

September Kitsap Business Forum presents: FUELING MOTIVATION When You’re in the Driver’s Seat     September 12th 7-9am Kitsap Golf & Country Club People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar Most of us keep plugging along . . . until we don’t. When you’re the leader, you must stay motivated to support those around […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Stress Reduction Made Easier!

THE CHALLENGE: Most experts agree that stress is a byproduct of living in the 21st century.  Employer expectations, family dynamics, finances, and traffic are all common sources of stress but they don’t have to be. Stress comes from our appraisal of a situation and not from the situation itself. We can choose to see things as threatening and provoking, or not. Having control over your […] Read more »

Timely Management Tips: Managing Conflict in the Workplace

THE CHALLENGE: Most of us have experienced some degree of conflict at work. People can be dismissive and ignore our opinions or they can openly dispute our version of reality. These behaviors actually cause people to avoid one another and don’t allow for disagreements to be resolved in a timely manner. Without resolution, disagreements escalate or fester becoming worse over time and even harder to […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Hiring the BEST Talent

THE CHALLENGE: Managers want to hire the best talent available yet the interview process is rarely given the time and effort it deserves. At the same time, managers think they are better interviewers than they really are! So how do you balance best in class interviewing techniques with a timely and efficient selection process? The Solution: Behavioral Interviewing The #1 predictor of future performance is past […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Finding Life Satisfaction

THE CHALLENGE: The old adage “if you’re not busy growing, you’re busy dying” is true to an extent. When we stop making intentional choices and allow life to just happen, then we are no longer in control of our careers or ourselves. Practicing intentionality in all aspects of daily life is important if we want to have a life worth living. Too often we act […] Read more »