Do you encourage a feeling of employee ownership in the company? Should you? I was speaking with a group of business owners a few years ago when the discussion swerved into how much they should tell their workers about company financials. The catalyst for this discussion was a complaint by… Read More »Is a Feeling of Employee Ownership Important?
Coaching and Developing People
As I scroll through LinkedIn I see lots of pictures of people being recognized for joining a team, some accomplishment, or just being them. Recognition is great and I hope you are recognizing the people on your teams. Recognition is an important part of creating the motivational environment that will… Read More »Recognition: A Picture is Not Enough
You have many challenges as a team leader. Is one of those challenges a boss who doesn’t seem to know what your team is doing? He or she appears to be more of a stumbling block than a helpful leader? Harsh? Perhaps, but let’s be honest, sometimes the boss can… Read More »Help! My Boss is Clueless
I recently saw a video of a “flash mob” orchestra (the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès) in Spain performing Ode to Joy. The performance started with a bass player who was joined shortly by a cellist. As more musicians entered the scene, a conductor appeared. It would almost seem the conductor… Read More »Are You the Conductor? Does Your Team Make Beautiful Music?
Leadership fundamentals training sounds basic and it is. But that doesnâ€™t mean the skills we present are not applicable to your individual situation. In fact, good application of basic leadership skills can make you most successful. Jack gave me a hard time for the entire three-day leadership course, constantly complaining… Read More »Leadership Fundamentals Training – Why Knowing How to Apply Basic Leadership Skills is Essential
How Developing Future Leaders Accelerates Company Growth â€“ Create a Leadership Development Program to Identify and Train Your Future Leaders
How does developing future leaders accelerate company growth? Simply because you, the owner or senior leader, canâ€™t do it all. As your company grows the leadership skills of supervisors and managers become increasingly important. To meet that challenge, you need a leadership development program that can accurately identify and train… Read More »How Developing Future Leaders Accelerates Company Growth â€“ Create a Leadership Development Program to Identify and Train Your Future Leaders
Are you the smartest person on the team? I hope you said no. But, if you look at your whole team and say to yourself, â€œI really am smarter than all the rest of them,â€ then maybe you need to find another job.
“And hey, let’s be careful out there.” It was the daily safety message of Sgt Phil Esterhaus, played by Michael Conrad, on the 1980’s police drama Hill Street Blues. It was just a TV show but Conrad played the part so well that for a moment you were in that… Read More »What’s Required For A Truly Effective Safety Program
All leaders want stars on the team and there is plenty of advice available about how to hire the “right” people. That’s great. I’m all for building the best team possible, but is selecting team members the only way to do that? My military experience provides an interesting answer. Military… Read More »Why Can’t I Build a Team of Stars?
Being a team player doesnâ€™t always mean agreeing with the boss or the majority. Being a team player means you are loyal to the team. As a team member that means you provide the benefit of your experience and expertise and speak up and make suggestions based on that experience and expertise.