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…

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…

How many of us wish there were more hours in a day? Maybe just an extra hour for completion of a non-work project? Or, maybe you would go to the gym if only you had one extra hour? It’s important to make wise choices on how we choose to spend our time – regardless of your profession…HR or other. I encourage you to take a look within and evaluate how you spend your time.

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….

Enthusiasm and Its Impact on Performance

We all motivate others at some point in our careers. Our methodology gives us the power to spark creativity or, just as easily, hinder the individual and/or groups performance. Our goal should be to nurture the embers of dedication in an effort to spark the flame of creativity. Then, as that flame burns brightly, we should support it in the hope of creating an inferno of productivity.

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…

A Self Doubt Reality Check

How often do you think about self-doubt? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? NEVER? (If never, perhaps, kudos to you!) Self-doubt is a powerful thing. It affects everything from our personal relationships to our work performance. It makes us believe that we are not good enough as Person X, Y, or Z. It imposes mental blocks that often go unnoticed. Maybe it’s time to overcome our own self-doubt!

Recently my wife had surgery.  This gave me occasion to hang around a hospital for days at a time. While my intent was to be there to attend to any of my wife’s needs. I could not help but be an ardent observer of all of what I saw going on there. I was intrigued…