Posts tagged Performance
Six Questions To Ask Before You Fire Someone

One of the most frustrating aspects of being a leader is when you have team members that simply do not do their job. Not only does this drive you nuts but it always leads to low team morale, a failure to reach goals, and will kill your overall culture. Experience has taught me that rarely is this type of behavior solely the fault of the employee who is not doing their job properly. A large part of the responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of leader.

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In Pursuit of Perfection

Over the past few weeks, I have listened to clients and friends tell me how the pursuit of perfection is destroying their life. While on the surface this pursuit may seem like a noble endeavor, for many it leads to frustration, disappointment and broken relationships. For some, they are unable to sleep at night out of a fear of failure, leaving them mentally exhausted and unable to engage those they love and serve. It is a vicious cycle that many fail to ever break.

I believe there is hope because I have witnessed people end their pursuit of perfection. Listening to the stories of clients and friends, I’ve identified four common actions they all took to reclaim their health and happiness.

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Putting Profit into Perspective

Last week I spoke to a client about his company’s overall 1st quarter performance. He enthusiastically told me about his team's efforts to generate record levels of revenue and serve more clients with excellence. But then his toned changed and his voice got lower. He appeared almost embarrassed to tell me that the company’s first quarter was extremely profitable. It seemed like he was confessing a sin to his priest. My first question to him was, “Why do you sound so down and upset? Isn’t making a profit a good thing?” He went on to explain that profitability was sort of a “four-letter word” in business now, and he did not want his team or the public to look down on his company as being greedy and only caring about making money. I was taken aback by this comment but then found myself understanding his dilemma.

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What To Do When You Feel Unappreciated At Work

A recent survey by the international consulting firm, BlessingsWhite revealed that overall employee engagement at work is directly tied to how much an employee feels they are appreciated by their manager and the company executives. In these challenging economic times it is easy for leaders to overlook the needs of their employees because they are so focused on profitability and survival. This may manifest itself in a failure to recognize and reward achievements, provide resources necessary to do the job, provide feedback on performance, and ask for input on projects and initiatives.

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4 Attributes of a Great Leadership Team

The best leaders at some point in the their career realize they cannot do it all alone. The late nights at work, the juggling of responsibilities, and the expectations for performance in all key areas of life and business become too much for one person to handle. A failure to realize this can lead to burnout, poor performance, the ultimate demise of your company. In the past I've written and spoken about the attributes of a great leader, and one of these attributes is that a leader has the support of a great leadership team. Defining the attributes of this leadership team is the first step in developing a cohesive group which a leader can rely on to delegate responsibilities and achieve the overall vision of the company.

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Lessons Learned From Achieving a Big Hairy Audacious Goal

This past weekend I ran the Hood to Coast Relay race with my friends at Building Champions and a few of their clients from around the country. Competing in the Hood to Coast Relay was a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) that I set for myself back in early May of this year. I was looking for something to take me out of my comfort zone and challenge me in area of my Life Plan that needed something more than just daily routine and activities. When my friend, Steve Scanlon, called me and asked me to join the team, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Now, almost four months later this BHAG goal has been accomplished and I've learned so much from the experience.

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KEYNOTE: 10 ATTRIBUTES OF A GREAT LEADER

In these challenging times, I believe that we need great leaders and we need them now! A little over a year ago I wrote a post entitled, The Ten Attributes of a Great Leader. It has since become the most popular post I have ever written. This past week I had the privilege of speaking to the Newberg Rotary club about leadership development and the need for everyone to discover their unique leadership style.

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