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What to do when an employee is struggling

Employee accountability

One of the keys to effectively manage and coach your people is to make everyone’s performance visible. The Harvard Business School calls this management approach “radical transparency” and it has been found to deliver superior results.

Employee Engagement: Eight Things So Rarely Discussed

Employee engagement benefits

Guest blog post by Zane Safrit, @ZaneSafrit

Why you must burn the boats

Burn the boats to drive business execution

An article in Forbes stated that only half of the companies surveyed thought their organizations adapted well to the introduction of new technologies.

The 5 Hallmarks of a BAD Strategy

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One of the more interesting books I’ve read in the last couple of years is the book, Good Strategy Bad Strategy, by Richard Rumelt, and I thought it worth repeating the key points again. 

Are you a bad boss? How to identify it and how to fix it.

Bad Boss

Most people have had their share of “bad bosses.” According to research by Gallup, it’s a leading factor as to why so many people are actively disengaged at work. In fact almost 70% in the USA alone are disengaged because they have a bad manager.  

Insightful observations about leadership


I recently read a great interview in the New York Times with David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell. He made some insightful observations about leadership which I have summarized and commented on here. 

The “ownership gene”

Take ownership

My colleague Ben Ridler, CEO, says that he looks to recruit people who have what he calls, “the ownership gene”. 

How to get everyone on the same page
 One page strategic plan

A few years back I attended a presentation given by business author and former Gallup researcher, Marcus Buckingham. One of the highlights of his presentation was how he defined the difference between leadership and management as per his book, First Break All the Rules - What the world's greatest managers do differently. 

Leadership is not a democracy

General George Patton

Most management writers these days encourage leaders to be more participative and collaborative in their decision making. Gone are the days of the top-down, hierarchical organization of the past they say! But then why does the business media continue to make heroes out of highly autocratic leaders, writing biographies about them, and sticking them on the magazine covers? 

What advice would you give to your younger self?
 leadership advice

Imagine you could go back in time to when you were starting out as a manager, leader or entrepreneur. What 1 piece of advice would you give to your younger self? 

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