Category Archives: Surrounding yourself with talent

The dangerous game: Hiring from a competitor

Sometimes it is the first thought you or your managers have when in need of skilled talent, especially for sales or product development.  It is not hard to find and observe the best employees of a good competitor at work, … Continue reading

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Can your employees recruit from a customer or supplier?

The recruitment traps It has happened to all of us who have been leaders in business long enough.  One of your employees is approached by an employee of a customer or of a supplier, stating that “It sure would be … Continue reading

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Do you empower others?

So, we’ve previously discussed why it is important for you to build consensus in an organization in most every major decision.  To do that, you must be able to relinquish some degree of power, overriding decisions made by consensus only … Continue reading

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Are you a consensus leader or dictator?

It’s a good bet that you’ve been exposed to articles, courses and lectures about various styles of management, and how each is appropriate for some companies and for some levels of organization and at various times. When should the dictator … Continue reading

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How to undermine or reinforce your corporate culture

Ever had a manager who hung those motivational posters around the office, spoke of “pushing together,” or “you’re empowered to give great service” – and then acted at least once in complete disregard of those statements? You don’t want to … Continue reading

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Over-promoting employees. Recalling the Peter Principle

Remember the Peter Principle? Funny how good messages come back in new forms after years of languishing out in the ether.  Dr. Laurence J. Peter in The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong wrote in the early 1960’s of … Continue reading

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Gamify those otherwise dull work assignments

Most of us are driven by the competitive spirit, the desire or need to win.  It reinforces self-worth, provides closure at the end of a good effort, and energizes us during the effort to achieve. Being driven to achieve results … Continue reading

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“What’s in it for me?” A motivational lesson

Ever wonder why one of your employees, shareholders, managers, suppliers, or board members sometimes behaves in a way you might consider irrational? Putting yourself in their shoes If you want to best describe the motivation behind the action, think “What’s … Continue reading

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Do people follow when you (think you) lead?

Let’s get personal.  Do you think you’re much better than a marginal leader?  Well, here are a few tests for you to help come to an answer.  And a few tips for you if you fall a bit short. Why … Continue reading

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Most of your big problems start as small problems.

Let’s talk about surprises. And whether to warn your superiors or your boards about these unraveling events early. You have a dashboard or KPI’s, don’t you? Every good executive has a set of critical data points that best alert him … Continue reading

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