I have a 10 year old son, and this affords me the opportunity to practice my leadership skills. A recent situation with my little guy served as an excellent example of managing what I like to call the “Three Buts of Performance Problems.” I have a rule in my house that clean clothes are to be…

Every day when we go to work, we are performers.  Just like the performers on the stage, the movie set or the recording studio, most every day is a performance.  If the day wasn’t a performance, then it was a research day or preparation day getting ready for the next performance, or the next dress…

Hatefulness Unprofessionalism Those are hardly inspirational words, but they inspired this post. Recently, I concluded a workplace investigation that despite all the discriminatory allegations, counter claims, and retaliation complaints thrown around, what it boiled down to was there was a lot of hatefulness (feelings) and oodles of unprofessionalism (behavior). Hatefulness and unprofessionalism. They have no…

Bosses who claim they don’t have favorites are lying! They’re lying to you and they’re lying to themselves. I don’t know why they bother lying; I believe having favorites is perfectly acceptable. Please note, “having favorites” and demonstrating “favoritism” are not the same thing. Giving an employee unfair preferential treatment at the expense of another is rude and wrong, and you…

“Quit singing and get back to work!” “Settle down! Don’t you have work to do?” “This work is serious so take it seriously!”  “I don’t appreciate that you and your team are always laughing and carrying on with everyone else.” Four statements.   Four assumptions.    Four reasons to make my blood boil. The first statement was…

If you are in the business of managing people, you are, or should be always looking to make improvements to your workplace.  We are told to reduce turnover, to have a more productive workplace, and to have a place where people want to work.   There are many ways to try to create this type of…

The older I get the more liberal my thinking seems to become. At this juncture in my life there are some things that I can see more clearly. These days I am very clearly seeing the shift to more liberal (employee benefits) on two levels. Those benefits that employers choose to offer because they feel…

You and your company have hired the best and the brightest to work for you, but for some reason your business is struggling to see the results these A players were supposed to be bringing with them. They have the required experience, the expectations have been clearly defined and shared and the team has all…

In June, fellow PIC contributor, Tiffany Kuehl wrote a post that cautioned organizations not to become “the place where talent goes to waste away”.  She described an environment that for some is quite familiar. The work is not challenging. Leaders are not effectively utilizing the skills, experiences, and abilities of their teams. Employees are bored….

After a year hiatus, it’s time to get back in shape and I’ve started going to the gym again. The other day my daughter asked me about the exercise journal I use: “So, does everyone at the gym carry a clip board?” The short answer was, “No.” and her question got me thinking about how…

As you know we have been writing about Culture at PIC this month, and as so often happens we get to the end of the month and it is time for my post. Then, I struggle to come up with something new and different, something that hasn’t been said yet, hopefully a piece that is new, different…

I tend to live my life as an open book, in the fishbowl if you will. Not all that much of what goes on in my world tends to draw the attention of the NSA, or other stalkers types, so what I share is usually pretty real.  Having said that, my wife spent the first…