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…

A Better Approach to Performance Management

What comes to mind when you hear the term performance management? For many managers and their staff, the term fills them with dread. A major reason for the negative reaction comes from the typical way performance management is implemented. Traditional performance management systems focus on evaluation. Managers set goals for direct reports at the beginning…

3 Steps to Becoming the Person You Desire to Be

“Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap.” –Dorothy Corkville Briggs Becoming the person we want to be is a gradual process. We learn and grow line upon line. Here is a…

Dealing with Multiple Bosses–Four Strategies

Do you work in a matrix environment? Do you have several managers making requests of you, each with their own agenda and priorities? How do you effectively cope with more than one boss? Working in a matrix organization with multiple bosses can create major challenges: Work overload. A common refrain in workplaces around the globe…