Challenge In Business

Need More Time? Start Coaching Your People

What’s the number one reason that leaders don’t provide more day-to-day coaching for their people? By an overwhelming margin, it’s “I don’t have the time.” That was the response John, a VP in the high tech industry, gave us when we asked him this question. And from what we could see, he was right. He…

Thank You In Different Languages

Six Best Practices for Recognizing Employees in the New Year

“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” ~Bill Walsh I frequently ask participants in my workshops: “How many of you are getting too much praise?” I generally get a chuckle but rarely a raised hand. Yet time and time again, employees report that sincere, meaningful…

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The Top Three Mistakes Good Managers Make

What are the biggest mistakes good managers make? That’s the question I asked 130 of our Blanchard executive coaches for an article I was working on. Because many of the coaches at first didn’t notice the distinction of good managers, I got a lot of responses about managers who put themselves first, who are inconsistent,…

French Fries

Are You Feeding Your Employees Motivational Junk Food?

In a recent online column for Fast Company, motivation expert Susan Fowler uses the metaphor of junk food to describe the shortsighted approach some managers use when motivating their direct reports—reaching for easy motivational rewards instead of digging deeper for sustainable ones. The result is suboptimal motivation, which characterizes three out of a possible six…

Try, Fail, Try Again Till Success

Coaching Tuesday: Learning from Your Mistakes

It’s inevitable: we all make mistakes, hard as it is to admit it. And it’s agonizing when we realize our actions may have had a negative impact on our boss, clients, colleagues, friends, or family. In the world of coaching, we know that how one responds to a mistake is as important as what one…

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Four Ways to Refire at Work

People who embrace life with gusto enjoy better health and more happiness and fulfillment says Ken Blanchard in his latest column for Chief Learning Officer magazine, Blanchard goes on to explain that the same principle applies at work, yet many people who’ve been in a job for a while see the days ahead as something…