Leadership exists to make employees successful. Or coach them out the door.
During my years in leadership, I’ve learned that most leaders spend a disproportionate amount of resources dealing with squirrels (problem employees) instead of birds (superstars). How about you?
Pouring money into salaries isn’t a sound engagement and retention strategy. It’s like admitting, “Look, I know it really sucks here. So why don’t I throw a few more bills your way?”
Watching Marshawn Lynch on media day reminded me of a powerful truth: COMPLIANCE CREATES DEFIANCE. As a leader, avoid this lose-lose trap!
If we became better listeners, I think we’d spend less money on medication, counseling and bartenders!
As a child, I wanted to play hockey like Bobby Hall, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, and other Chicago Blackhawks. And when I say I wanted to “play hockey” I mean, of course, that I wanted to hit other guys with my fists and then club them with a hard slab of wood. It’s a guy…
You’re going about your day, and someone responds negatively and forcefully to you when you haven’t done anything wrong that you’re aware of. Maybe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.If you’re like most people, you apologize and backtrack as if you recognize the error of your way. And then later, it may occur to you, “Hey! What did I do? That person jumped down my throat for no good reason!”
If you want engaged employees, start with the best ingredients: hire only those who possess the right attitude.
Most of our day-to-day coaching needs can be met by forming strategic partnerships with the right people, people with expertise, knowledge and experience. You do this all of the time when you talk to a mechanic before purchasing a car, do on-line research before selecting a neighborhood in which to move, or talk to a…
I recently watched Win Win, a movie which IMDb summarizes by saying: Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. I call it a wrestling movie because, well, the star athlete mentioned above? He’s a…