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Putting Your People First

Putting Your People First

Being a manager of people is not a job for the light-hearted.  It can be difficult and stressful.  It is important as manager to never think you know it all, because managing is a life-long learning journey.   Awhile back I came upon an older article in the Harvard Business Review on “What Great Managers Do”. … Continue reading

The “People Problems” Conversation

The “People Problems” Conversation

One thing you can be sure of is if you work with people, you will encounter people problems.  Things at work can be going great and then, someone gets upset.  Possibly miscommunication has happened (as this is the most common issue).  Maybe someone had a bad morning and brought it into the office with them.  … Continue reading

A Secret of Managerial Success

A Secret of Managerial Success

“My beautiful mother is no longer here with me but her valuable work ethic lessons play over in my head each day at work.  It is important that we develop good training systems and programs in our workplace to not only make the business run better, but to teach valuable work standards to our employees.” … Continue reading

What Makes A Great Work Environment?

What Makes A Great Work Environment?

One of the most common problems I hear from employers at this time is a not having enough staff to run their business and grow.  Many employers as we know lost employees at the beginning of the pandemic and have not been able to replace them.  The employee pool is quite shallow currently as well … Continue reading

The Great Resignation of 2021

The Great Resignation of 2021

In September 2021 over 4 million people had quit their jobs as part of what is being called, “The Great Resignation.”  When interviewed many of these people state their reason for leaving their job was due to lack of management listening to them.  This is not the first time we have heard this as a … Continue reading

Thank you! (Is it that hard?)

Thank you! (Is it that hard?)

I was talking with a colleague about employees and how to inspire them to do their best. One of the suggestions I had was to let their staff know how much they are appreciated and to tell them thank you each day for their contribution to the success of their business. I was a bit … Continue reading

Cross Training for Function not Dysfunction

Cross Training for Function not Dysfunction

No one staff member should ever be indispensable to a practice. All staff members should beequally trained in their position and then some. Every staff member should learn certain job tasks and procedures besides their own daily job tasks.Remember, this is why we developed protocols. There is a certain danger in having some tasks onlylearned … Continue reading

Creating A More Productive Workplace

Creating A More Productive Workplace

As a business owner or manager your expectations of those that work for you are to be productive.  Many times, people are less productive because of their work environment, this is a proven fact.  Just think about it for yourself, don’t you work better if you are happy with where you are working?  People respond … Continue reading

Coworker Conflict Can Be Good

Coworker Conflict Can Be Good

If you work with people, then you have had to deal with conflict of some sort.  Conflict is neither good nor bad, it is just conflict.  It is how people handle the conflict that will determine if it leads to a positive or negative outcome. Conflict is bound to happen at work.  We have our … Continue reading

Failures Promote Progress

Failures Promote Progress

A few years ago I came upon this great book, “Celebrating Failure” by author Ralph Heath. I believe this is one book that should be in every manager’s, supervisor’s or leader’s library. We often hear the saying, “there is no room for failure.” However, we learn so much by our failures. Teams are strengthened by … Continue reading