Guest Post: Mad About A Mistake At Work? Try This.

Guest Post: Mad About A Mistake At Work? Try This.

This week I have the pleasure of helping to promote the book Awakening Compassion At Work by Monica Worline and Jane Dutton. It is a definite must read for all organizations, leaders, managers and employees too!

Awakening Compassion At Work opens our eyes to the power of and importance of compassion in organizations and reveals caring as a competitive advantage that fuels innovation, service quality, adaptability, retention, and more.

The quiet power that elevates

Suffering in the workplace can rob us of humanity, dignity, and motivation. Often silent and left unaddressed, suffering is a costly drain on organization productivity and potential. Marshaling evidence from two decades of research with organizations in a variety of industries and sectors, scholars and consultants Monica Worline and Jane Dutton show us how small actions can have big effects. Offering a view of compassion that is grounded in the best of social science research and the new science of compassion, this book teaches four ways that anyone, regardless of position or role, can bring more compassion to their work lives.  Continue reading

Don’t Trip Up! The Biggest Stumbling Blocks Affecting Businesses Today

Don't Trip Up! The Biggest Stumbling Blocks Affecting Businesses Today

All business owners want to ensure that their operations are running as smoothly as possible. This is how you will reach optimum productivity and make the highest profits. However, lots of common stumbling blocks can create problems and keep you from reaching your peak performance as a business. With that in mind, I’ve taken the time to highlight some of the most common stumbling blocks today. I hope that reading about these eventualities will help you to make a plan and have contingencies in place. Once you have a plan in place, you should be able to navigate the minefield without stepping on a fuse.

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Lead Your Company Out Of A Crisis

Lead Your Company Out Of A Crisis

Doug Yakola has seen his fair share of companies in crisis during his time in business leadership. As the Chief Financial Officer of more than a dozen companies, he’s had several what he calls “boiled frog” moments. Companies, he says, are like frogs put in warm water that are slowly heated up. They often don’t realize that anything is wrong until the water’s boiling and it’s too late to escape. It isn’t necessarily down to bad management. It’s often just that the senior management team isn’t able to accept that the world has changed and moved on and their company hasn’t. The power of inertia can be strong in business.

Other companies get into a crisis by not focusing on the right data. They have the right idea, Yakola says, using data to help make decisions. But sometimes the data they are using is not useful when it comes to improving their revenue. Using the wrong data hamstrings companies and causes them to become less and less relevant to the needs of the market.

After having so many near misses himself, Yakola took a step back and asked how ailing companies can lead themselves out of a crisis. Here is some of his hard-won wisdom.

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Do You Need More Capacity? from @LeadersServe

Do You Need More Capacity? from @LeadersServe

One of my favorite leadership authors is back! I am excited to be participating this week in the launch of Leaders Made Here by Mark Miller. I love Mark’s work and this is no exception. Mark truly gets what it takes to be a great leader and create more leaders, not just followers. Mark’s work is easy to relate to as he uses storytelling to reinforce the messages and lessons that he wants you to learn. He is an author that I consistently recommend to others.

The following is a guest post from Mark Miller.

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Are Employee Training Courses Really Worth the Investment?

Are Employee Training Courses Really Worth the Investment?

Employee training courses can cost your company a good deal of money up front. This cash could be used for advertising or for putting a better product together. But, the benefits of employee training courses for career development are vast.

They provide innovative methods for employees to work with new strategies and products. They also contribute to an enhanced ability for employee efficiency. As a result, the company as a whole is more profitable. And most importantly, employees who receive trainings are more satisfied with their jobs. This gives the company a higher retention rate.

So, should your company invest in training courses for your employees? Read the benefits below to find out.

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The Unquestionable Qualities of a Great Workplace Leader

The Unquestionable Qualities of a Great Workplace Leader

Excellent leaders are few and far between. If you’ve worked at a couple of different jobs in the past, then you’ll probably know what it’s like to work under a leader that doesn’t have the proper qualifications to be ordering you around. There are many reasons that make working for poor bosses extremely difficult: lack of communication, their own personal agendas or even their lack of skill in their fields. However as much as we dislike our leaders, we have to still do our jobs to keep the business running smoothly.

But if you’re looking for the traits of a great leader, then look no further than below. For every hundred people that claim to be a great leader, only a handful are actually qualified to make that claim. So whether you’re looking for the traits of a person who you should follow, recruiting a senior member for your business or even if you want to become a leader yourself, here are some undeniable qualities of a great leader.

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Improve HR Efficiency by Eliminating These 7 Snags

Improve HR Efficiency by Eliminating These 7 Snags

HR departments have gotten a bad rap in recent years. Many workers, managers and journalists have arrived at the conclusion that HR no longer has a clear place in business. But that misconception won’t last much longer if more HR teams assert themselves as a key contributor to workplace efficiency.

Wanting to be more efficient and taking steps toward being more efficient are two different things. That’s why it’s time to stop talking about making changes and actually start making them.

A great place to start is to look at the snags that might hold back an otherwise effective HR team, and then take steps to eliminate those snags. Here are seven snags to avoid if you want to improve HR efficiency.

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