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Are You An Idea Hamster?

I often spend time with clients and other business owners who are full of ideas– so many they don’t know where to start, or they starting working on 2 (or 10) without much progress. Their head and office notebooks are littered with the ghosts of projects past. I heard another business owner Amy call this being […]

5 Week Plan for the Best Year

As another calendar year winds down, many organizations are focused on a strong finish to this year and planning for the next one. Typically this centers on the financial side of the business. As you do your year-end de-briefing, why don’t you also ask yourself “What did I enjoy this year? Did I make the impact I […]

4 Things High Performers Want From Managers

Zenger Folkman report that employees who are the most satisfied and committed work for leaders who do 4 crucial “behaviors that focus on achieving challenging goals” Inspire them to high levels of effort Energize them to achieve exceptional results Create an atmosphere of continual improvement Skillful at getting them to stretch for goals that go […]

Allergic to deadlines

When I speak with business owners and managers, they all seem to long for this illusive state of “accountability.” Typically they mean a desire to trust that employees are doing the Right Things, and are “kept in the loop” when issues arise or things are not being done. Instead, most report that they have to […]

Holding onto your best team players

As a small business manager, you might think that large employers have it “easier” to keep great employees. After all, the big guys can pay more, provide more job security and career advancement, and off better benefits. Actually, I often see that despite the resources at large companies, the direct managers are not using those […]

Engagement Driver #4- Development Opportunities

Our prior article “What Drives Engagement?” listed the top 10 engagement drivers. Three areas impact employee perceptions of available development and career opportunities (category 4): 1. Enjoy challenging work assignments that broaden skills 2. Improved my skills and capabilities over the last year 3. Have excellent career advancement opportunities Many people are comfortable and happy […]