Month: February 2014

How to approach a difficult working environment

I often hear from leaders who are frustrated by working within what they characterize as a difficult working environment. They feel like they are not given the resources they need, the authority they require, or the support from senior management they want in order to make significant progress towards achieving company, departmental and personal goals. […]

The ability to make choices is motivating for employees

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how giving employees latitude in determining their work schedules and the flexibility to take time to attend to family or personal issues is a huge workplace motivator (To motivate employees, flex those hours). Ultimately, when you let people make choices, you create positive and trusting relationships that […]

Multi-generational workforce? My new book WILL help!

Today is THE DAY!  The day that my new book Generations Exposed: Unexpected Insights Into the People You Work With officially launches.  If you’re leading a team of employees that range in age anywhere from 20 to 70, then this book WILL help you navigate in a multi-generational workplace.  It ‘s been written and designed […]

Is your workplace a source of pride for your employees?

Last November’s issue of United’s Hemispheres magazine had a very interesting article about how high-security prison inmates in Thailand have the opportunity to reduce their sentences by months (or even years) by participating in prison-sanctioned Muay Thai fighting bouts. If you are not familiar with Muay Thai, it is a full-contact martial arts combat sport […]

Are kindness and compassion necessary in leadership?

A colleague made me aware of this story about kindness and compassion that ran in The Globe & Mail in December. Are Vancouver’s residents as cold as the icy sidewalks? Ms. Rosemary Blomeyer is a visually-impaired German immigrant in her eighties who every day, twice a day, asks a passerby to hold her arm and […]