Let’s face it. None of us are irreplaceable. This is even more true in a job market where the employer has the upper hand. People are often laid off or downright fired for reasons that are totally beyond their control. So let’s look at what we actually can control. Our behavior Our attitude Through these… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Accountability
According to recent research by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), human resources priorities have shifte in the last couple of years. Most notably, “Developing the next generation of corporate leaders” was previously rated as the most important challenge by 29% of respondents. Last year it jumped to 52%. What got the highest… Read more »
The leading health care journal, Health Care Manager, recently published an article by our CEO, Suzanne Updegraff, and we want to share it with our colleagues. Claim your FREE copy! You will: Learn about the growing pains that many companies are currently experiencing. Recognize the signs of critically low morale, and how to improve it. Find… Read more »
Are You a Mindful Middle Manager? In your position, you may be responsible for one or even a team of middle managers. After reading this article, you may even classify yourself as one of the notoriously well-intentioned, (but sometimes mediocre) middle managers. What defines the mediocre middle manager? They are the managers who get the work… Read more »
Being personally effective, that is, successfully accomplishing what we set out to do is very satisfying. At the end of a work day it is pleasant to tick tasks off our lists. In mid-summer it’s satisfying to pick tomatoes from the garden that we tilled, and weeded, and watered. Accomplishments are a source of pride… Read more »
Pro·fes·sion·al·ism. The term has several dictionary translations. Webster defines it as the conduct, aims or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. Other references describe it as the competence or skill expected of a professional and the key to quality and efficiency. I’m sure that everyone one of us knows at… Read more »
What defines the corporate culture of your organization? In this day and age of casual organizational structures where flextime and work at home time are widely accepted, establishing a well-defined culture is fundamental to business success. Corporate culture is an organization’s personality and understanding that structure will help you build professional credibility within the cultural… Read more »
“Account-ability leads to response-ability.” ~Stephen Covey How do you foster accountability in the workplace? Some employees seem to embrace responsibility, show initiative, and own their projects, without any extra actions from you, their leader. It’s your job to show all of your team members that positive things happen when they embrace accountability in your workplace…. Read more »
When Greek and Roman playwrights introduced complex problems into their plays that the characters they had created were too flawed to solve, they resorted to deus ex machina, that is, the god of the machine. Using a crane, they lowered a “god” onto the stage who, unencumbered by the realities of life, sorted everything out…. Read more »
In a Harvard Business Review article the business coach Barbara Pachter tells the story of a bank vice president who arrived early for a meeting, opened his briefcase and took out deodorant. He then, in the presence of co-workers, opened his shirt, and put it on. As stunningly inappropriate as his behavior was, he must… Read more »
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