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Hiring Just The Right Employee

Hiring Just The Right Employee

One of the driving factors of whether a person becomes a great employee is if they are the right person for the job they have been hired to do.  Many times employers will hire someone without really taking the time to search for the right fit because they are desperate and need to have a … Continue reading

Outstanding Employees Are They Still Out There?

Outstanding Employees Are They Still Out There?

What makes an outstanding employee?  In my 20 years of management, I have had several good employees, but there are only a few that I would say were “outstanding.” Over the years I have complied a list, from workshops I have led, of the top 10 common attributes that managers agree on that “outstanding” employees … Continue reading

Employers Behaving Badly

Employers Behaving Badly

I recently talked with a manager who is quite stressed by her employer.  She likes her job duties and the people she works with, she also thinks her employer is a wonderful person and she respects him. However, he  is a “high stress/high demand” person and this young manager is allowing her employer’s stress to … Continue reading

Are You Prepared When You Speak?

Are You Prepared When You Speak?

Framing your message is a critical step when communicating a message to others. I am sure you have been in a meeting, lecture or briefing and the speaker was not prepared, it leaves you wondering what was the real message they were trying to convey. When you want others to understand what you are telling … Continue reading

The Realistic Thinker

The Realistic Thinker

If you are an optimistic person you are probably a more realistic type of thinker. When you are a realistic thinker you tend to think through projects, problems and opportunities and can make better decisions or have better outcomes for yourself. Whenever we are making decisions or working on problems there can be consequences for … Continue reading

I Love Team Work

I Love Team Work

I really enjoy working as a team at work, my teammates are great to work with.  When an issue or idea comes up it is exciting to hear what each player on the team thinks and to work together to come up with the best way to either implement an idea or fix a problem. … Continue reading

Mistakes Employers Make

Mistakes Employers Make

I am always surprised when I hear of an employee who does just enough to get by at work.  No effort is given to take extra steps to do their best, mediocre is acceptable to them. These are also the people who are surprised and feel outraged when others are promoted over them or when … Continue reading

Change Your Thinking Change Your Life

Change Your Thinking Change Your Life

Change is one of the hardest things for most people to do.  Whether it is a big change or a small one, if we cannot see how we will reach the end result clearly, it just does not happen. Several years ago I read John Maxwell’s book “Thinking For a Change” and it inspired me … Continue reading

Life’s Setbacks

Life’s Setbacks

Wouldn’t it be great if things always went according to “our” plans? One of my colleagues calls setbacks “stink bombs” and says “that you can always count on getting at least three of them a year.” Setbacks are just part of life. They come in all sizes and varying levels of impact. What is important … Continue reading

Be Ready, Get Organized

Be Ready, Get Organized

  A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.                                  ~Arnold Bennett