Don’t Be a Dictator! Let The Employee Talk About How They View Their Own Performance

Let’s say you’re sitting down to deliver a performance review to one of your employees, or you’re doing a performance check-in that’s not the formal review.  At some point, you want to let the employee talk about how they view their own performance, right? Sure you do.  After all, you’re not a dictator, right?  At least not intentionally. Let’s break […]

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Striving For Failure

Dealing with failure is about as glorious as Black Friday shopping. It’s a huge hassel. There’s disappointment, rage, the price is high and you come home feeling beat down. Dramatic enough? Definitely.  How we deal with failure affects everything we strive to accomplish. As children, failure didn’t phase most of us. If something didn’t work out, “oh well,” moving on […]

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Surviving Your Performance Review

No one likes performance reviews. Traditional reviews are neither pleasant to give nor get. They make everyone feel anxious and usually end in disappointment for all involved. Done badly, performance reviews can lead to performance deteriorating rather than improving.

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Poor Listening Can Become Expensive

Companies lose money everyday from simply not listening. A hundred here, a thousand there—time is crucial, and there’s just not enough hours in a day to solve the world’s problems. But, creating poor listening skills can lead to assumptions and ineffective decisions. On a more intimate level, it can cause hurt, resentment and lack of team connection. It’s time to […]

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Passion Versus Smarts

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, in some roundabout way—follow your passion, do what you love and you’re sure to succeed in whatever you undertake. It sounds cliché and to many unbelievable, but at the same time, I’m sure you’ve seen that saying proven true in many circumstances, as well. Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey… the list goes on […]

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