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…

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…

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…

Where Has the Finesse Gone?

  “I tell it like it is.” “I’m a straight shooter.” As a culture, we value honesty. We want people to be straight with us. We even ask people to stop beating around the bush.  But the more we hear these pronouncements, the less they seem to be about a desire for honesty and the…

Expect More … From Low Performing Employees

  Low employee performance is not always resolved by surface or temporary remedies. If you see promise in this individual, you may need to dig deep to find the root causes. Find the Root Cause of Poor Performance If you have several workers performing similar jobs, it’s hard not to compare them: enthusiasm, ability to…