As I called out in a blog post I wrote in 2012, “5 Best Practices for Building Trust With Employees”, there is no silver bullet or quick fix that will create a positive, trusting work environment.  Leaders must deliberately set a tone of authenticity and transparency, and one of the best methods to achieve this is via consistent, ongoing and direct communication. Fast forward to 2016, I feel more passionate about this topic than ever before. Even with more than 20 years of leadership experience under my belt, I am still un-pleasantly surprised when managers attempt to leverage “forced fun” or corporate speak to connectRead More →

When colleagues communicate with you, do they know that you are listening? A few years ago, one of my peers asked me to accompany him into a meeting with our collective boss at the time, to help support him in a difficult discussion. In short, our boss was not happy about something that occurred and my peer disagreed with his approach. In the meeting, my peer shared a bunch of professional, yet direct thoughts and opinions and our boss listened. This went on for about 15 minutes and at the end of the discussion our boss said something that was genius. “I need some timeRead More →

Based on 20+ years working in corporate america, I have created this fun cartoon with 5 scary office scenes. I am sure you will agree these are hair raising and may make you want to scream and run away from your cubicle. First we have the dreaded, single point of failure! Second, the time sucking meeting with no agenda. Third, the Red Bull drinking employee who works 24/7. Fourth, the over promiser. Last, we have the Friday afternoon meeting from home, complete with pizza and beer. You may want to use this cartoon to add some operations humor to your next team meeting Please click on the imageRead More →

One thing I have noticed throughout my career, is an ongoing business assumption that if we add more people to address a particular body of work, then problems will get solved. There are times when this is most definitely true. If there are substantial changes in your business model that result in material increases in work volume (and hopefully sales revenue and profit), it will be hard to cover that work without more people, at least at first. However, before moving to a people solution, I encourage leaders to think of the issue as if you were spending your own savings account on the personnelRead More →