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Buddy Up a New Employee with a Mentor

By Jeana Quigley

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...

High Expectations Lead to Excellent Performance

By Joan Lloyd

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...

Collaborating With Others Is a Key to Success

By Beth Kuhel

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 me.” 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 can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

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,...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

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...

Are there really no stupid questions?

By Gary Cohen

"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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Making Time For Success

By Brad Karsh

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 time management: 1. Schedule your entire day At the end of every day, make your hour-by-hour...

System Theory in Hiring

By Gary Cohen

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 creates change. 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...

Teambuilding can open communication, build trust and create accountability

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: 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? Answer: 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...