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Back in elementary school, I remember being paired up with
another child on a field trip to the zoo. It was basically a safety
measure to make sure we didn’t get lost. But I think it was
even more helpful so each of us felt at ease. After all, we were in
a strange, big place and having the warmth of someone else’s
hand inside yours made you feel you weren’t alone. Buddy
systems have been used for years to allow two people to give mutual
help to one another. Even though we’re...
Some managers treat their subordinates in a way that leads to
superior performance. How are they different from managers who fail
to develop top-notch employees? A subtle yet powerful key lies in
the manager's expectations of subordinates. If the expectations are
high, yet attainable, productivity is likely to be excellent.
This doesn't happen because a manager wishes it, nor does it have
anything to do with the power of positive thinking. Physicians,
behavioral scientists and educators have...
During a recent consultation with a young mother, I was asked
how I would have responded to her eight year old child’s
statement “Mommy, Tami’s a better artist than
I told the inquisitive mother that with every question a child asks
there is an opportunity to educate and prepare them for their
future. Your answers shape a child’s perspective in
significant ways and is likely to have a lasting impact on how the
child navigates the complex social, academic, and work...
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Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure,
determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend
much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something
breaks, and so it goes with organizations.
How an organization is structured basically means how the
reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a
great deal about the culture, function and leadership of a company.
When I work with an organization, structure is one of the
components I examine,...
With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why
they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a
complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work,
then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult,
and something to be suffered.
While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is
not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The results of a recent
Gallup survey on employee engagement show that less than one-third
of those responding...
"There are no stupid questions," says Steve Wolff, CEO of AMS, a
consulting company for the performing arts. In fact, questions that
begin, "This may be a stupid question, but …" are devilishly
effective. They can not only prevent misunderstandings, but also
keep expectations in check.
As a consultant, Steve is paid to ask questions. He's found that
asking "stupid" questions gets people to open up, whereas pointed
questions can put people on the defensive (at least initially).
When Steve spoke...
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Somehow, seasons seem to fly by before we know it. Memorial
Day arrives and in the blink of an eye it is Labor Day. The leaves
change one day and what feels like a week later, there will be snow
on the ground. This leaves us with the question: where does the
time go? Time flies by, so it is important to maximize every second
of every day. Here are a few tips to ensure effective and efficient
1. Schedule your entire day
At the end of every day, make your hour-by-hour...
In any company or organization, a new member can create
tremendous waves. These waves, or changes, may be obvious in small
organizations or in large companies, particularly when a new member
of management comes aboard. Despite the size of the company or
position filled, however, a new team member's presence inevitably
You may be thinking: "Of course a new member creates change!
What would be the point, otherwise?" These changes, however, are
not those resulting from the new individual's...
I'm trying to find ideas for fun activities for my staff, to
help reduce controlling behaviors, establishing relationships,
reduce lack of trust, and deliver on commitments. Any ideas?
Maybe I'm missing something here, but the outcomes you listed
are fairly serious issues. A "fun" activity may not produce the
results you're looking for.
Perhaps you are going to be including a fun activity in a
teambuilding retreat. If that is the case, my recommendation is to
make the fun activity...