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A few rotting leaves will ruin the whole salad

Bagged salad from the grocery store is simple and convenient, so I often purchase it as an easy way to add more greens to our meals. But every so often, despite the "Best before" date, I see a few leaves beginning to brown through the cellophane wrap. When I notice some of the edges browning, I have learned that it is wise to open the bag, remove the offending pieces, and store the remaining greens in an airtight container for the next couple of days. Experience has taught me that if I leave the bag unopened, the few darkening bits turn the entire contents into one big slimy mess, and then nothing is salvageable.

This everyday situation offers a lesson in how important it is for leaders to manage, without delay, the problem employee on their team. If you observe any of your employees exhibiting poor performance or inappropriate workplace behaviour, it’s essential that you deal with them promptly and firmly. Because if you leave these individuals unchecked, they will most certainly spread discord and negativity throughout your team simply by being present. Even worse, your lack of decisive action with a problem employee will actually be demoralizing for the rest of your team. The few rotting leaves will quickly turn the entire bag into a horrid place to work.

So, if you have an employee who misses deadlines, creates bottlenecks, or uses poor judgement, then take action. If a team member is rumour-mongering or causing personality conflicts with others, then address the behaviour. If one of your staff is repeatedly expressing contempt for work, customers, management or the organization, then step up and deal with the issue. Because if you don’t, the morale and productivity on the entire team will suffer.

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Making the most of organizational politics

In her latest column for The Globe and Mail titled Making the most of organizational politics is one of the keys to good management, Merge offers four specific ways you can turn organizational politics into a positive force that will work for you, rather than against.

How to Prosper – Practical Approaches to Thriving in Disruption

Coping with disruption will be the hot topic at Merge's presentation at the CPA Alberta Elevate Your Mind conference in Calgary AB on June 7. She was featured in an interview about this event in the Spring issue of Dividends Magazine, going out to over 29,000 CPAs in Alberta.

Turning Managers into Leaders

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