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Want to be a true HR leader within your business? Learn to
influence others. When you think about it, there are few decisions
that HR makes with ultimate authority. A significant portion of
what we accomplish comes through the influence, coaching, and
guidance of our peers, executives, and staff.
I’d even go so far as saying that the majority of what we
are proud of as HR leaders comes from ...
Dear Joan: I work for a small business as a
supervisor. We have 75 employees who are very dedicated and we work
hard all year. A few of us were talking recently about how hard it
is to concentrate during the summer months. We live in Michigan and
when summer comes, it's hard to come to work when it's so nice
We were trying to think of some things that we could do that
would be fun t...
Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t
tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their
teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I
hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been
able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing
teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone
expected the best of...
Managers have been getting a lot of attention lately. They've
been the subject of hundreds of books on leadership, teamwork,
empowerment and excellence. They've been struggling to find their
place in the new order of things. It hasn't been easy. In years
past, when a manager said, "Jump!" employees said, "How high?"
Today, when a manager says, "Jump!" employees say, "Why?" because
they want to und...
One of the eternal quests of the modern business leader is the
search for the Holy Grail of worker motivation—as if
there’s just one secret, one formula or recipe, that will
instantly and permanently push a team’s productivity through
the roof. It’s a nice fantasy, but you quickly learn that
nothing works for everyone. Fortunately, most people respond well
to intrinsic rewa...
Team wide goal setting is crucial if you expect to maximize and
maintain your productivity. Your team members must always be clear
about what your goals are, and how you’ll get there; that
should be a given. But realize that some of your team members will
have a better understanding of goal-setting than others, so
it’s up to you to make sure they all stay on the same
“All their training is based on positive reinforcement. We
keep fish throughout the area and as part of our training routine,
we reinforce and reward with a fish. This is how we train them to
master a maneuver.”
This comment was from the trainer that trains the sea lions at
SeaWorld. I’m a big fan of certain channels such as Animal
Planet, Discovery and my all time favorite, Nati...
Effective teams are most often led by leaders who expect
innovation and therefore encourage diverse viewpoints.This is no
secret, despite the fact that—as cynics will surely point
out—we rarely practice the concept adequately. However, we
also let pettiness, bureaucracy, groupthink, disengagement,
laziness, and other failings hinder our creativity and slow us
down. Business as usual ru...
For many managers, the end of the year means performance review
time. A performance review discussion can leave the employee
feeling motivated and appreciated, but if it is poorly handled it
will do just the opposite, and it will damage the relationship.
Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them:
Mistake: Only focusing on the last few months
or on a specific incident.
Solution: Keep an e...
I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about having to go to
their company holiday party. If you’ve seen The
Office, then it’s no surprise why. But the point of a
party is to be fun. So why do people hate going to their holiday
Well, I for one actually like going to my company’s
holiday party. And I’m here to say that if your people hate
the holiday party, then y...
I work for a small department of a large employer who frequently
receives holiday gifts from vendors with whom we do business, as a
thank you, at the end of the year. However, when we receive the
gifts, we aren't allowed to open them to enjoy. Rather, our boss
tells us not to touch them because we will re-gift them to other
people in order to save money. These are sometimes other
It is no easy task to motivate, coach, and inspire your team,
and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Even today’s
most prominent business tycoons admit that the most difficult part
of their job is coaching and training their people.
Take Steve Jobs, for instance. Jobs obviously made extraordinary
contributions at Apple, but he spoke openly about his struggles in
his role as C...
The holiday season begins next week as families get together to
celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a time of laughter and reflection. A
time when we pause from the hectic pace of our lives to give thanks
for everything we have. The workplace is a lot like family for many
of us. In fact, some futurists even call it the new neighborhood,
probably because we spend more time there than in our own
I am a manager in a small manufacturing firm. I would like to know
your thoughts on how to address under-performing employees that
have not been dealt with and have been tolerated for years.
An employee whose poor performance has been tolerated for years is
a festering sore in a work group. The infection is likely to spread
to the rest of the area. Stopping the spread of ...
I took my first foreign assignment as a Chief HR Officer, I was
told by one of the senior executives. “You know the change we
all notice in HR? It is the sound of laughter.”
When you walk in now, everyone is smiling, laughing and joking
with each other. At one time you hated to come down here; now it is
a respite to walk into a friendly environment—especially all
As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for
which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be
successful in meeting your goals. You know you can’t do it
all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than
over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away.
That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate.
Some tasks obviously shou...
Every six months, everyone at BambooHR gets together (even all
our remote and out-of-state employees) for an all-hands-on-deck
company meeting to motivate and recharge our team. This is a great
time to get everyone on the same page about the progress
we’re having and the direction we’re headed.
There’s good food, fun and hard work.
Here are ten great reasons why company meetings...
Why should someone trust you? That is an important question.
Once you let someone down, they may never completely trust you
In college and throughout the rest of your life, the people
around you will listen to your words and observe your behaviors.
The accumulated information becomes your reputation. Based on their
experiences, your friends, acquaintances and coworkers will put you
into a c...
If it’s time for your annual review, it probably goes
something like this: you meet with your supervisor in a private
room, he or she rates your performance using a variety of scales,
you talk about where you need to improve in the future, and at the
end you learn if you get a pay increase. It’s no wonder most
workers dread this process!
Beyond being ineffective, annual reviews can act...
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you
don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably
You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team
player, but there might be something about your approach that
prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing.
Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the
edges at work don’...