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 »

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 »

Timely Management Tip: Learning From Your Mistakes

THE ISSUE: In life, we will all make mistakes because no one is perfect. The trick is NOT to let it derail you or devastate your self-confidence. Some people are so careful not to make mistakes that they become frozen when confronted with a big decision. Others make the mistake of not pushing themselves far enough to learn and grow professionally. THE SOLUTION: Rather than […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Managing Your Boss

THE PROBLEM: A boss can make your work life rewarding or they can make it a reoccurring nightmare. You can exercise some degree of control over the outcome by effectively managing up. Unfortunately, the idea of “managing up” often has negative or political connotations but this doesn’t have to be the case. THE SOLUTION: By treating your boss as a partner in your success, you […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Change Your Brain, Change Yourself!

THE CHALLENGE: Our past experiences create habitual patterns in the brain, which makes it easier for us to make decisions or accomplish tasks automatically, without conscious thought.  Unfortunately, this can also lead to decisions that do NOT produce effective results. Our brain naturally gets lazy if NOT challenged to do things differently or more intentionally. The brain routinely “cleans house” by pruning the connections that […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: The Art of Influence

The Challenge: In today’s workplace, the key to being a successful leader is influence, not authority. You must exert influence to deliver consistent results because authority can only take you so far. So how do they differ? Authority is awarded based on your job title and responsibilities. Influence occurs when you have the ability or capacity to impact others’ thoughts, feelings and actions. Influence is […] Read more »