team building

Why I Started Checking for Resilience

By |March 15th, 2016|

I was watching Barbara Corcoran’s TED Talk on Rethinking Failure. One of the key messages that popped out for me was the ability to handle failure. Her message was that her successes always came on the heels of failure.

One of the qualities that helps a person recover from failure is resilience. It is the ability […]

Did You Just Get Back from a Conference? Here’s What to Do!

By |November 11th, 2015|

If you are like many of us, when you go to a conference, you get inspired, take great notes, meet new people, refresh acquaintances, and then go home. Not much happens after that. We have the best of intentions. The event was fantastic; there was so much to learn; you wish you could have gone […]

Giving Feedback Isn’t As Hard As You Think

By |October 6th, 2015|

To be effective managers, we need to manage our employees and their performance. One of the most powerful ways to guide and coach our team members is by providing feedback. Yet providing feedback seems so hard to do. We often want to avoid pain, either our pain in facing the issue or the possible pain […]

How To Succeed at Hiring an Assistant

By |August 25th, 2015|

You have reached the point of not being able to do it all yourself, not knowing how to do it all, or you want to leverage your talents and delegate the stuff that you just aren’t good at. Excellent. Now you need to hire someone.

Here is a handful of tips that I have gathered over […]

How to Make People Accountable

By |May 9th, 2015|

In an ideal world, you have hired motivated, self-directed people who will actually punish themselves more than you ever could for not meeting objectives. Those are the people who get a performance management review that has a dozen or more glowing comments and all they remember is the one ‘needs improvement’.

However, in the real world, […]

How Do You Build a Team?

By |April 17th, 2015|

How do you know when it is time to hire someone? I look at it two different ways.

First, it is about capacity. If over 75% of your time is spent working IN your business (delivering the products or services), then you do not have enough time to work ON your business (marketing, sales, new product/service […]

OMG! I have a team! Now what?!! Some tips on team management

By |February 3rd, 2015|

Back in my corporate days, this is the time of year where everyone would be scrambling to complete performance reviews. Employees would draft the review based on their perceived performance compared to their goals. Managers would edit and approve the reviews. Senior management would provide final approvals.

To support the process, my HR colleagues and I […]