performance management

Balance Goal Achievement with Appreciation for Culture

Appreciation for Culture is Key to Success Many new managers think a focus on goal achievement is the key to their success as a new manager, but I disagree. After spending over 30 years in management, I consider appreciation for culture key to success. Early on in my career, I had an extreme focus on […]

Three Mistakes to Avoid During New Manager Transitions

Bad Transitions Don’t Just Happen Several years ago, I witnessed a management transition. Everyone was excited. The transition was needed and a few steps rushed. A strong sense of optimism developed about the new manager’s potential. It seemed as if the majority of the trusted, senior leaders and managers were convinced that this was the […]

The Critical Need for Sound Leadership

Not All Leaders Are Prepared to Lead If you’ve recently found yourself frustrated and confused by leadership, you’re not alone. Being able to take charge during periods of rapid change and deal effectively with ambiguity are key competencies needed in today’s leaders. We need individuals who are decisive, trustworthy, and capable of creating solutions today […]

Use Innovative Learning to Prepare Your Organization for Change

Maintenance Learning is for Organizations Who Want to Maintain the Status Quo It is not uncommon for organizations to connect learning and development activities to performance evaluations. This practice fails to account for the performance required to successfully navigate change. The practice of maintenance learning addresses growth and learning related to performance gaps and anticipated […]

Using Strategic Communication to Earn Trust

I once worked for an executive who lacked the ability to strategically communicate. I say he lacked the ability, but perhaps saying he lacked the discipline would be more accurate. He chose to communicate in his preferred way all the time, regardless of how effective his communications were within the company. It was frustrating! Ever […]

3 Ways to Help Employees Feel Seen and Heard in Uncertain Times

Many employees feel overwhelmed by the pandemic. The past few months have been extremely stressful for many of us. It’s no wonder that employees are anxious, confused, and unsettled as they re-enter workplaces or experience changes in their work environments. Here are three ways leaders can address employee’s fears and anxieties. Acknowledge losses and concerns. […]

Why Leaders Can’t Ignore Collaboration

Collaboration is critical to any successful, high functioning organization. Yet, amazingly, some leaders underestimate its value. Others, not only understand it, they use it to accomplish strategic goals. The collaboration between NASA and Lego® is a good example. Lego® wanted to help children learn about the aerospace sector so they partnered with NASA and signed […]

Leaders, Avoid Inefficiency with Diversity of Opinion

For leaders, having direct reports always tell you “yes” is a problem. You can solve this by creating an environment in which the rewards reinforce honesty and constructive, professional dialogue. To avoid inefficiency, you need to embrace diversity of opinion. I’ve worked with my share of leaders who surrounded themselves with “yes people” over the […]

8 Ways to Change Negative Energy

Negative energy can wreak havoc on your mind and body, so being able to change your energy is critical to your health and wellness. When we think about negative energy and our desire to stop it, we need to consider the source or possible reasons for the negativity. We project our preconceived opinions on the […]

Four Questions to Sharpen Your Self-care Plan

Sometimes it’s hard to admit that we know what to do because we don’t do it. That’s partly because we put off doing things that we really don’t want to do. Some people decide to pick the low-hanging fruit and tackle what they know they can handle rather than attempting more difficult tasks, that is […]

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