Performance Management: 4 Questions Managers Should Ask First (Part 1)

This time of year, many organizations are gearing up for the annual performance appraisal – a practice best described as managerial bloodletting. It’s a tradition that, like bloodletting, has been used for too long, and has provided overwhelming evidence that it does more harm than good. And yet, there are still organizations that continue to…

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6 Essential Leadership Qualities

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution the most common criteria for promoting people to leadership positions has primarily been their technical ability.  Naturally, new managers tend to do the things that got them promoted, that is, they do the most challenging work themselves and leave the leftover tasks to less technically competent workers (those…

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Every Leader’s Job Description Should Contain This Mandate

Last week I was in the Canadian Rockies on the Alberta British Columbia border taking a mountaineering 101 course.  I’m an avid hiker and love climbing mountains in remote locations, but this was my first step in learning to climb really big mountains covered in glaciers.  Two of my friends and I organized a private…

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Focus on Strengths and Watch Performance Skyrocket

I want to share with you one of the greatest “Aha moments” I’ve had in my life – something I read and internalized that has dramatically improved my leadership style, and elevated virtually every relationship in my life. A Groundbreaking Study In the 1950’s the State of Nebraska sponsored a study to determine the best…

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Making Effective Resolutions: The Essential 1st Step

Have you ever known someone who is blissfully unaware of the things they do that grate on everyone else’s nerves? If this person is a co-worker, that may be annoying. But if this person is your boss, their unconscious quirks can easily become the bane of your work life. What’s worse is that their lack…

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The First Rule of Management

If you could choose only one quality that your boss could have which would help you to perform better, what would it be? – to be a good coach and mentor? – to give you regular feedback in a constructive manner? – to support your initiatives? All of these are qualities that anyone would love…

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Your Employees Are Addicts, And You Should Be Their Dealer

Employees are all addicted to a chemical that is in short supply. When they get enough of it, their focus is sharper, their attitudes are better, and they become more motivated to carry out their manager’s requests. And best of all, it’s completely legal for managers to dole it out by the bucket-full. The chemical…

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