TAG: employee management

SafetyWatch: Difficult employees

December 18, 2017By

There are a few common types of difficult employees, but things are rarely as clear-cut as we might like them to be.  Some employees will be a mix of different types. Others might be completely different types on different days. You have to become good at reading people’s signals, stopping problem behavior early and setting the tone for your crew... read more

Profit Power: Address self-talk, your biggest enemy

February 20, 2015By

A healthy business is one that pays healthy market rates for employees and its leaders. It makes a healthy return on equity for the owner’s investment. It has a healthy culture that empowers and inspires, driven by the owner. So why is your business not succeeding to its full potential? Is your self-talk, the owner’s self-talk, limiting its success? Self-esteem... read more

Profit Power: 5 time-management tips for spring

May 19, 2014By

It’s almost impossible to keep all the balls in the air in the spring. Use these five time-management tips to get more done in less time. 1. Come with two answers. Teach your direct reports and all employees to answer their own questions. When they want to ask you a question, tell them they first must offer you two alternative... read more

Profit Power: 10 traits of a strategic thinker

April 22, 2014By

Successful business leaders remain focused on the future when dealing with short-term problems and opportunities, even when dealing with urgent ones in the heat of the season. They are strategic thinkers and, as so, exhibit the following 10 traits when planning, doing, leading, reacting, correcting and motivating the team. Are you a strategic thinker? 1. The strategic thinker has a clear... read more

High Performance: Retaining the good ones

April 14, 2014By

Do you have difficulty retaining good employees, whereas the duds seem to hang around forever? If so, it’s time to take some common-sense steps toward fixing this problem. Solutions do exist, although some are easier to implement than others. First of all, it’s important to recognize that good employees know they’re good and aren’t going to settle for a mediocre... read more

High Performance: 3 tips for effective discipline

March 10, 2014By

Let’s be honest. Nobody enjoys disciplining others. Well, maybe some do, but most avoid it like the plague. As managers and business owners this is an unavoidable part of your job, though. Therefore my first tip is to embrace it. 1. Embrace discipline. Recognize that it’s essential to instilling boundaries for behavior. Without correction, boundaries are unknown. Studies have shown... read more