6 Steps to Getting Employees to Take Ownership

  Are your employees doing the minimum required to get the job done? Or, do they own the work, their projects, the outcome? Are they on the lookout to do things better, faster, cheaper? The employee who takes ownership goes beyond what is required. You would trust that person to not just complete the task…

What Organizations Can Do to Curb Sexual Harassment

  Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal, but that doesn’t keep it from happening. It can creep into our workplaces, making workers uncomfortable and taking the focus off business. While your legal obligations may be covered by a policy and required training, there are additional steps you can take to prevent sexual harassment. Each…

Are You a Micromanager? How to Let Go

Most micromanagers are not the overbearing, control freak egomaniacs we envision when we hear this word. They’re well-meaning, bright people with high standards—people who care a lot about getting things done right. Many of us have had an experience of being micromanaged—a boss hovering, never quite happy with the work you’re doing, questioning every decision…

Independent Contractor or Employee?

  Job search sites are filled with listings for part-time workers, temporary positions, freelance workers and independent contractors. But these job classifications are not interchangeable, and misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor comes with penalties and possible lawsuits. The rise in the use of independent contractors is a remnant of the 2007 – 09…

Say the Right Thing … When Listening to Someone

  Most of us truly believe we’re good listeners. We smile, we nod in agreement, we’re supportive. But are we truly setting aside judgment—striving to understand? And how well do we respond? Because it’s the response—the feedback—that signals we’ve heard the message as intended. Listening well and responding appropriately takes a fair amount of self-control.…

4 Key Ingredients to Managing Like a Coach

Build Employee Confidence, Competence and Engagement If you’ve ever played sports, you know a good coach when you see one. They’re humble, compassionate and passionate about the sport. You know what they expect because they communicate clearly (although they don’t talk too much). You believe they can lead you and your team to success. You trust…