Archive | April, 2012

Communicating Respect: Is the Language of Your Leadership Engaging?

“Respect…is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.” –Annie Gottlieb As managers everything, we do/don’t do, say/don’t say, communicates to our reports. Are we conscious of what we are communicating? Last week I re-posted a piece that was intended to focus attention on the need […]

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Revisiting the “Dude”: It is Springtime for Engagement

What with Springtime clearly upon us here in the Northwest the time feels right for a visit with an old friend. This week I offer a post from just over two years back in hopes it will provide some fresh perspective on employee engagement. “The Dude!”, “El Duderino”, “His Dudeness”, of course there is only […]

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What About Bob? Helping Managers Find and Fix Their Flaws

A tip of my hat goes to Mike Brown ofProgressive Business Publications for the subject of this week’s post. Mike and I were on the phone Monday doing the preliminaries for a webinar I was delivering for his organization that day. During our call the conversation turned to my relatively slow acceptance of all things […]

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What If… The Solution Your Organization Is Seeking Begins By Taking The Air Out Of Your Tires?

Several years ago I heard a great analogy about a truck that was driving on a narrow mountain road and got stuck trying to enter a tunnel. The truck could not move forward or backward. Experts tried for hours to figure out what to do. Finally a small child asked, “Why don’t you take the air out of the tires?” That simple solution worked.

In our current economy, we are all aware of organizations that are like that truck. They were moving down the road and got stuck. Now they can’t figure out how to get out of their present situation to meet their objectives.

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13 Guidelines for Staying Engaged…

Using Enlightened Self Interest to Stay Sane, Productive and Amused at Work “Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Mary Oliver Here are some guidelines I have developed or stolen and used at work for the past 39 years to stay clear […]

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To Learn You Must . . .

Last Friday I posted a “Final Four” of learning quotations, and asked readers to vote on their favorite. Last night the Men’s national basketball champion was crowned, and this morning the winner of the Final Four of Learning will be announced. Right here, right now. In a very close race conducted via comments, emails and […]

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5 Myths about Giving Praise

When I first started out in the corporate training business, I was responsible for training new managers and supervisors. We had a mandatory three week program that covered all the usual HR and operational topics, including performance management. In performance management, we would spend most of the time teaching managers how to deal with performance […]

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Want More Than Good Enough

Good enough isn’t good enough. Sound strange? . . . Must be early in the morning. Seriously though, think about it. If you’re just performing “good enough”, you’re not excelling. You’re just doing what you need to do to get by. I won’t let myself settle for “good enough”. I want to do more – […]

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