It seems today there is a constant mantra being propagated about getting super productive, setting measurable stretch goals, and busting a gut to get them accomplished. I can just hear the likes of entrepreneurship gurus like Gary V now, “F**k yes, make it happen!” But, in contrast to the overused and overstated “what gets measured … Continue reading When you set all of those goals, can you at least make them meaningful?
If you want to improve the level of service your organization delivers, one thing is certain, you need to examine the journey of your customers and ensure that pain and difficulty are minimized. However, there is also a lot of sense behind making each customer interaction, no matter its position in the journey, a five-star … Continue reading WHaT? A Model for Great Service Interactions
We all have limitations. Like it or not, you, me, all of us are not good at everything. In addition, none of us knows everything either. So it is that our effectiveness relies on our ability to know our weaknesses and when to throw up our hands and ask for help. This ability however is … Continue reading Five steps to becoming more of a listening leader people want to follow.
Imagine a bus with a sign on it proclaiming, "Going wherever you want to go." Now imagine that bus being filled with people all gleefully expecting to go places they want to go. Now imagine being one of those passengers and finding out that the bus is going places you don't want to go. Sound … Continue reading Honesty as a service.
If leading is really about influencing others, then we all lead, whether incidentally or intentionally, all of the time. Everything we do influences someone. And given what we are learning from neuroscience about things like mirror neurons, it is clear that our influence on others is everywhere. It's actually a bit scary when you consider … Continue reading How looking in the mirror can make you a better leader.
The worst kind of problems in your workplace are not the big ones that scream in your face, they're the little silent ones that creep up on you. They're the ones that your front-line employees see daily and have to try and deal with without some disaster befalling them. Here's a tip for all of … Continue reading How to avert disasters.
Employee engagement is a continuing problem in today’s workplace. Everywhere you look, you see reports with statistics that claim anywhere from 50% to 85% of employees are disengaged at work. And, as this disengagement impacts employee attitudes and morale, it impacts fellow employees, customers, and family members as well – and rarely in any positive … Continue reading Book Review: Win the Heart
In a recent survey of over 2500 employees worldwide, 22% said they had a good day at work 3 or less days a month. Look around your office. Approximately 1 out of every 4 to 5 of your teammates has 36 good days at work a year at best. THIRTY-SIX DAYS A YEAR!!! That means … Continue reading The Make-Your-Workplace-Better Challenge
I was talking to someone recently who said that if work is fun it's not work. I've heard stuff like this before and to it I say B**S***! Sorry to yell but I wanted that to be as clear and in your face as possible. Why must work be misery to be productive? Can someone … Continue reading Work can be fun and still get things done.
Great leaders must be forward thinking. In other words, they must have a vision of a future that drives and inspires them enough to want to lead others to it. So, as a leader, what is it you want? What's your vision? What is that future you are passionate for and want others to enjoy/experience? … Continue reading Vision, don’t lead without it.