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.
"You can't get to 'wonderful' without passing through 'all right.'" - Bill Withers Editing and refining work is tough. I mean, you've pored over it and pored over it and you think it's good enough...but you just know good enough isn't good enough. I know perfection isn't possible but when is your work your best … Continue reading Be Good to Be Great.
Do you think of work as something you "have to do" or as something you "want to do"? It's imperative to "want to" if you expect to do your best work, and in order to "want to" you need to be happy. And since happiness starts with you and your frame of mind, here's a … Continue reading Opportunity or drudgery? Your choice.
“If play is in your job title, it’s not a job.” "If it's fun, it's not work." “Of course I hate my job, that’s why they have to pay me.” “What do you mean enjoy my job? It’s a job, you’re not supposed to enjoy it. That's why they call it work." These are the … Continue reading Two keys to leading your workplace out of misery
There is power in celebration. No, I am not talking about throwing a party or holding an awards ceremony, no, I am talking about what Ken Blanchard calls “catching people doing things right.” It seems obvious that this would be a powerful tool. It works on your kids why not in the workplace? But the … Continue reading Is your workplace hell? It doesn’t have to be. Here’s how you can start a transformation.