A Pitfall Of Drumming Up Opportunity

Clarifying your target market (or desired opportunity) can be immensely helpful in growing your business. The process can aid greatly in focusing your time and energy on building mutually beneficial relationships with the right people. The problem comes in when the main focus is your benefit, not theirs. In this way, targeting specific people in hopes of landing opportunity is Read More >

Why People Lose Their Spark At Work

Look around you. How many enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate, grounded people (please count) surround you every day at work? Not many? You’re not alone. According to Gallup, just thirty percent of the global workforce is actively seeking ways to contribute, collaborate and grow. Why is that? Why don’t more people show up with energy and enthusiasm for their work? While there Read More >

Here’s What To Do With Colleagues Who Aren’t Pulling Their Weight

Whether they’re mooching off your hard work, taking credit for a job well done, or complaining about their inability to keep up, difficult colleagues can increase your workload and get in the way of finishing on time. With a strong commitment to leaving the project in a better place than she found it, Katherine, a new lawyer, tag-teamed with one Read More >

Ask This Question Before Giving Critical Feedback

Considering the potentially negative impact of critical feedback, it’s not surprising that many people avoid giving it altogether. Or, they give it anonymously, relieving themselves of any potential discomfort instigated by the feedback. But is such an approach helpful or harmful? Several months ago, I listened as Tracy, an executive at an engineering firm, shared about the devastating impact of Read More >

Why You Should Let Go of Your Best Employees

Once you’ve gone through the process of finding, hiring and training a highly ambitious self-starter, the last thing you want to do is let them go. Yet, holding them in a position to make life easier for you may just lead to losing them altogether. Brad, a businessman with a half-dozen awards under his belt for excellence in sales and Read More >

Get Your Team to Stop Arguing and Start Collaborating

Ever find yourself spending gobs of time playing mediator between teams, wishing they would find a way to work together? If they just understood each other, you wouldn’t have to spend so much time and energy helping each side understand the other. You’re ready to free yourself of having to deal with these constant misunderstandings, but you’re just not sure Read More >

How To Find The Right Person For The Job

Ever find yourself scratching your head in disbelief just months after hiring the person you thought was the perfect fit? “They were eager, skilled, and even came highly recommended,” you thought to yourself, “Why are (or aren’t) they doing____?” you lament, frustrated with them. Of course, the experience is equally unnerving for the person who accepted the position— “Why did Read More >

Yes, You Can Relax and Challenge Yourself En Route to Success

Ever find yourself in the middle of a project, a workout, or maybe even a master’s degree, concentrating on getting through the experience so you can finally get to the finish line, thinking you can relax and enjoy after you’re done? You put your head down, minimize distractions (sometimes to the detriment of other areas of your life), and force Read More >

Leadership: Here’s How Simple it is to Promote Team Cohesion

Why do leaders struggle to create collaborative work environments where team members step up and do whatever it takes to create remarkable results? Is it because they haven’t set a vision that is compelling enough? Maybe. Is it because they haven’t counseled their team enough about the importance of working together, despite the weekly—no daily—reminders? Probably not. Is it because Read More >

Why Establishing Core Values is a Waste of Time and Money

Company culture experts urge leaders to establish clearly defined values to serve as a guide for decisions and behaviors throughout an organization. To ensure they have the best representation of the values shared among those in leadership, companies often spend gobs of cash and time on experts who ultimately produce a document aligning the most common ideals. Mounted on the Read More >