Many business people and managers are spending too much time
trying to change the underperforming people who work for them.
They seem to believe that if they train people - tell them what
to do or even threaten them with the sack - then the performance
level will go up.
The successful manager concentrates on developing the strengths
of his team members - not trying to correct their weaknesses.
Sometimes you have to manage around a weakness, but you can't
make people what they're not.
To release creativity in employees, managers must get involved
in their employees' work. Look at each employee as if he or she
is the expert on the job and tap into their creative energy.
We've learned that we can use the energy of the wind and the
sun. We've also learned to harness energy stored in the form of
coal and oil. Creative energy, like any other kind of energy,
can be harnessed and managed.
When we engage our employees and tap into their creative energy,
they can show us ways to im
Ask almost any business leader how to most effectively develop
people and build teamwork and you'll hear, "tap into employees'
strengths." Yet when it comes to their own careers, many
managers still focus the majority of their personal development
efforts on shoring up areas of weakness. Sometimes this is due
to well meaning critiques by superiors. Other times managers
moving up the career ladder try to emulate those who have gone
before. While all managers need to hone their communication and
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Find the Right Coach: Nine Guidelines for Executives
It seems that coaches are everywhere these days.
Senior Executives are hiring executive consultants in increasing
numbers, and for a wider variety of reasons.
In the past, coaching was viewed primarily as a remedial tool
for executives whose careers were skidding. Today more and more
leaders use coaches on a consultative basis, for everything from
accelerating leadership transitions to facilitating board,
shareholder and employee relat
As you look around your workplace do you see a too comfortable
"sameness" in the faces present? Are you able to make decisions
almost too quickly because you're all "on the same page?" Do you
find yourself doing things the same way and getting the same, or
even diminishing, results? Same, safe, easy, comfortable, nice,
and good will never get you further down your road to
innovation, excitement, success or greatness than you are in
this moment. Explore how the dynamic tension of differences,
This article relates to the Ethics in the Workplace competency,
commonly evaluated in employee surveys. It gives examples of how
employees and customers consider ethical behavior and sound
values an integral part of your organization. This competency
covers a variety of topics like customer treatment, employee
professionalism, and expected/acceptable organizational
behaviors. At a high level, this competency will investigate the
standards by which your employees treat your customers,
As leaders we always want to improve the performance of our
organization. To improve we must release the creativity in our
employees, leaders must get involved in their employees' work.
Not everyone knows how to do this, but maybe it isn't all that
different than training a puppy. Following are common themes
used in training puppies.
Have a proper kennel, it should not be too large, just enough
space to stand up, turn around and lie down. Most puppies will
not soil where they lay. Having too
If you are in a business that passes documents around to be
reviewed and edited over and over before they are ready to be
posted for advertising or for a client, then you have probably
already heard of a software solution to help keep your
"floating" documents organized from Groove Network. You may not
be aware that there is another option out there. In this article
you will be presented with some basic information about the
differences in collaboration software from Groove Network and
How much has poor communication cost your company in the past
twelve months? Chances are, you have no idea. Chances are even
better it's a lot more than you can afford.
But you won't find the numbers in the financial statements or
year-end departmental reports. Nothing shows up saying "lost
productivity due to miserable meetings" or "missed business
opportunities through sorry selling skills" or "employee quit
because there's no communication around here."
Why? Because most people aren't sure