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Employee engagement requires "difficult" conversations (sometimes)
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One of our clients emailed me recently wanting to know, “How do you hold people accountable or punish bad results and unmet deadlines in a professional manner, especially in a small family business where employees I’m responsible for have more experience than me?”

How to be a better business leader
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Much has been written about leadership. Most of it is useless. But there are things you can do, and some books you can read, that are helpful to learn to be a better business leader. 

How to get everyone on the same page to improve employee engagement
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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. 

It's all about attitude when it comes to company culture and results


Picking patterns and trends is an important role of a leader. Below are seven patterns I've noticed in business leaders who successfully and consciously take their company to a new level – building a good copmany culture focused on results. 

what GEN Y wants [@work]
 GEN Y solutions

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about Gen Y (or the millennial generation) so let’s put some context around who that exactly is and why you should pay attention to what’s happening. If you’re part of the previous generation (Gen X), you may have a testy relationship with your younger colleagues, so I’ll include some insights on how to better engage them.

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.  

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