favorite

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…

whistle

“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…

heather

It’s November!  For many of you, November means autumn, or maybe even winter and snow. It may mean a warmer wardrobe or planning a holiday vacation. For me, November means fuzzy socks, cozy jammies and books and, because mid-November marks the anniversary of her death, November takes my mind to my mom. My mom was…

justin

Perusing Facebook, I always see personality tests and posts where people brag about being either an introvert or an extravert. Some people use their lack of desire for interaction as an excuse to be standoffish and others attribute their good or bad actions to their outgoing personalities. Just last month, I attended a conference where Introversion/Extraversion seemed to…

rebuttal 1

For the most part, people will agree they do their jobs and sail into performance review time with no worries. They go through the performance process and everything they are hearing aligns with their efforts and accomplishments for the year. Great! However, what happens when you receive a review that you aren’t totally in agreement…

performance

My colleagues here at #PICHR have been toiling away this month, trying to enlighten our readers about performance management, and how best to deal with it.  And while I think they have provided some great concepts as usual, I think I may have eclipsed them with my one upmanship.  I think I truly have resolved…

power to perform

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…

Business man in desert

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….

the blame game

I had the pleasure of participating in Performance I Create’s first ever Podcast. During this podcast, the fantastic Sarah Williams used a term I got a chuckle from…the “wussification” of America’s workforce. I thought about that term for awhile…I liked it…it made me think of entitlement. The term “entitlement” refers to the belief that we deserve some…

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.

Broc

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…