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Performing While Still Building a Team? Get Used to It!


Dating back to our earliest days in management training, we have all been taught that we are to first build a great team, and then the results will just "come."  There are many organizations out there that still operate under this pretense, at least when it suits them, even though the logic behind the statement is flawed.  The statement is too simplified and can lead to issues when trying to lead a team through a time of change. While the idea that great teams will perform better than others is mostly true, that does not mean that a focus on performance [...]

Performing While Still Building a Team? Get Used to It!2018-09-02T16:58:56-04:00

Sometimes You Don’t Need a Plan


I'm not usually a proponent of going at things without a solid plan in place, but sometimes taking the opposite approach can be the best thing for you.  While this isn't something I recommend you do often, there are some specific times when I find it necessary to "get out of your head" and just "Do." When your plans start to get too detailed, there's a pretty good chance that you're grasping for things to do just for the sake of completion.  You may need to get back into the areas where the action happens in your work or life, and [...]

Sometimes You Don’t Need a Plan2018-08-05T20:27:17-04:00

Doing the Right Thing, For the Wrong Reason, Does Not Make it Right


Leave it to a horrible leader to turn something that could be a major positive into a complete culture killer.  Chances are, you have either worked for someone who has done this, or you know someone who does this.  This is not confined to work situations, not at all, and the result that comes from these situations are always the same.  When this happens to you, you are always left wishing this "favor" or "gift" you were given never happened in the first place. As a leader, a friend, a relative, or a complete stranger; doing something nice for someone should [...]

Doing the Right Thing, For the Wrong Reason, Does Not Make it Right2018-03-28T17:36:43-04:00

Some Unconventional Thoughts on Loyalty


It seems that the only time we hear the term "loyalty" discussed, it's when someone is referring to the overall lack of it in today's workplace.  Typically it is a jab at the millennial generation.  I've had plenty to say on this topic, and will continue to have new insights to add to the discussion, but I want to a different approach in this conversation. I have worked with people who "value loyalty" above all other attributes, to the point where they are willing to admit that it has hurt them in their careers at times.  It's like a badge they [...]

Some Unconventional Thoughts on Loyalty2018-04-01T15:30:18-04:00

Can Employees Be Your Friends?


Before I get started here, I want you to understand a little bit about the way I conduct my business. I do not fraternize with my team. I do not hang out with them outside of work, ever. I guess I'm "old school" when it comes to that, as the boundaries between employee and employer seem to be fading over time, but I will continue to keep my boundaries in place, regardless of the change in what is considered acceptable throughout each industry.  The reason I operate this way has nothing to do with whether or not I like the people [...]

Can Employees Be Your Friends?2018-04-01T15:31:08-04:00

Can Your Facebook Account Get You Fired?


Do yo know someone who lost their job because of something they put on social media?  Have you or someone you know missed out on a job opportunity because of something you posted on a personal account?  This is becoming quite common in the workplace today, and I believe that social media checks will take the place of references in the next five years. This is a topic that people can get pretty animated over, as the issue stretches beyond the normal employment related discussion circles.  It has become more of an issue on personal privacy, and whether or not employers [...]

Can Your Facebook Account Get You Fired?2018-03-25T17:29:02-04:00