Employee Engagement? Start with Leadership Engagement

Employee engagement is certainly a hot topic in companies these days, having a direct effect as it does on organizational success, employee retention and the bottom line. Unfortunately, I still see and hear too many instances of employees “checking out” and disengaging from work. The most common thread I see? Disengaged leadership, especially at the level of front line managers or project/team leads.  People tend to disengage when they have…

That Annoying Performance Report

Is it that time of year again for you? Time to write a performance report! Everybody loves performance reports, whether you’re giving them or receiving them…ok, nobody really likes them. They’re kind of a pain. Often that’s because we make them more difficult than they need to be. Have you made the mistake of waiting until the last minute, then sitting down to try and remember some things that happened…

Leadership and Smallpox

Did you know that the smallpox virus is a possible weapon in the fight against cancer? I didn’t. And what does that have to do with leadership anyway? A couple of years ago I was a volunteer judge for the speaking portion of the Health Occupations Student Organization’s contest. One of the young women spoke of this smallpox – cancer connection in her speech, saying that smallpox was being tested…

Want Results? You Need a Single Person of Accountability

by Tom Deierlein, on October 20, 2015 Back in the military when I was 17 years old, I was taught an early and important lesson about leadership.  If there are two Privates assigned to scrub toilets – one of them was in charge of scrubbing toilets.  No matter how simple or complex a task is – always ensure there is someone who understands that they will ultimately be responsible and…

10 Leadership Actions for Crisis Management

How can a leader be effective in crisis management when a real, no-kidding, unanticipated disaster strikes? Some years ago I commanded a large Air Force squadron that was faced with a major crisis that threw us off our game for a while. Without going into details, I’ll say that the incident was national news for some time and had international consequences. As we weathered that storm, I found these 10…