Month: June 2015

A problem solving tool – the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese

Recently, a conversation with a client reminded me of a blog post from several years ago in which I explained a team-building and problem solving tool I call How many hats? Not only is this exercise helpful in improving team cohesiveness, but it is also a useful means to overcome differing priorities and “personal agendas” […]

Praising employees who are in their 40s and 50s – is it necessary?

I often blog about the value of praising employees (one such post is Frequent and liberal employee recognition and praise creates positive workplaces). So when Dr. Karl Moore, associate professor at the Destautels Faculty of Management at McGill University (and my fellow columnist at The Globe & Mail) recently wrote a piece on this topic, […]

Got a problem employee? Don’t whitewash

This has been an eventful week in my world of column writing. Yesterday, my newest Profit article titled How to stay focused by managing workflow interruptions was published on ProfitGuide.com, and this morning, my latest piece for The Globe & Mail‘s Leadership Lab hit cyberspace. Got a problem employee? Don’t whitewash is (as you might […]

Minimize distractions and maximize productivity

Some of you may recall that last month I became the newest member of ProfitGuide.com’s panel of business experts. ProfitGuide.com is the online version of Profit Magazine, a sister publication to Canadian business magazine giants Canadian Business, MoneySense and Macleans. My inaugural column was titled How to become a persuasive triple-threat and it explored what […]

Motivating employees of different ages

What does it take to inspire and motivate employees of different ages? Over the years, I have blogged several times about different generations in the workplace (see Intergenerational conflict arising from dated policies and procedures? and Five things every leader should know about the multi-generational workplace), and it still continues to be a topic of […]