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I work in the manufacturing segment. One of the credos in manufacturing is “cheaper, faster – better.”  If you can get that figured out in manufacturing you will have a hugely successful career.  Take it to Detroit; they will love you in the motor city.  When we think of this credo and we are to…

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You’ve been there before. You are part of a project team made up of individuals from various groups and functions. During the regular status update meeting it is revealed that Jane hasn’t completed the actions required to move the project to the next phase. Do you: A:  Shrug and walk away because you knew this was…

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Much like professional sports have scoreboards and player statistics to show league standings and ratings, corporate teams can use scorecards to measure performance and progress against business objectives. Using a performance scorecard allows you to monitor and measure key performance indicators and provides a visual health check of your accomplishments. These measurements are frequently found…

Summer Interns

Summertime in the world of work is usually when you find relaxed dress codes, shortened work weeks, and extended vacations. It is also the time where companies set aside time to bring up the next generation of the workforce – interns! Like most leaders, you believe in the value of an internship program. Your company…

For those of you who are connected with me on Twitter or LinkedIn, you already know that I started a new job this week. I’m excited for this new role and all its challenges. Initially, I was nervous about taking on a new position in the summer. This is supposed to be a relaxing time!…

According to Gallup survey only 13% of employees are engaged at work, worldwide. Inspiring young leaders need to collaborate and motivate 6 people out of 10. Innovative methods like paying employees to quit or using online team monitoring tools such as Weekdone have become popular. No wonder we talk so much about productivity and time…

The idea that some people simply are not motivated is flawed.  Is it possible some people seem unmotivated? Absolutely. The issue is not that they lack motivation completely, but rather that they are not being motivated in a way that suits them. While a team that is unmotivated is capable of accomplishing acceptable work or…

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If you’ve ever dreaded delivering a Performance Evaluation or if employees would rather get a root canal than sit through their review, your evaluation may need to be updated. The only reason for a manager to dread the process is if they know the feedback will lead to pushback and conflict. Employees hate them because…

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Imagine your six-year-old self, sitting down with drawing paper and box of crayons, ready to create your next masterpiece. As you open your box of crayons you notice the bold companions you’ve come to rely on have been replaced with memos! Not just any memo, but grievances and notices of resignation. In these carefully crafted…

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NASCAR just had one of their biggest races of the season, The Daytona 500, and there were all kinds of headlines that surrounded the event: The #3 car, driven by Dale Earnhardt, Sr., being driven for the first time since his untimely death A 6-hour rain delay Dale Earnhardt, Jr., winning the race and ending…

I was hooked on the Winter Olympics.  I love watching speed skating, hockey and snowboarding and I think those ski jumping fools are tremendous!  But I really, really love ice skating. I’m old school when it comes to ice skating; give me a traditional long program or pairs skating any day of the week.  Naturally,…

Your performance sucks, wake up! Have you ever had anyone tell you your performance sucks? In today’s performance scrutinized world, it is very possible you have been told your performance just isn’t cutting it. And I am sure one of several things occurred after that conversation: You stepped up your game You found another job…

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I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels the pressure during performance review time. Every year after I scramble to recount all of my accomplishments; in addition to the many internal and side performance conversations I have had all year long- I say: “never again; I’m going to be more proactive next year.” Why…

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I love working with managers and my HR team at setting goals. It doesn’t matter whether it is personal or professional or organizational or departmental or long-term or short-term — I love setting goals! However, I hate seeing development and action plans which list goals as “ongoing.” It’s like nails on a chalkboard! Would someone…