Keeping Your Team Members Motivated

Today I was reminded again that different people have different reasons for doing (or not doing) good work.  It’s an easy lesson to forget when you are busy and juggling multiple priorities.  You can fall into the bad habit of doling out projects based on...

Row Row ROWE Your Team

In 2007 Best Buy implemented a Results Only Work Environment or ROWE.  They took the bold step of allowing their employees to work when they wanted, where they wanted, and to measure only the results and not the time spent in the office. The result? 40% more...

How to be an Effective Manager

Remember the old Nike commercial with Michael Jordan and Spike Lee? If you don’t, thanks to the wonders of YouTube here it is: So it’s an anti-ad, we all got that part. Michael Jordan would be great in his bare feet but Nike doesn’t care because every 15 year old...

How to Keep Your Best Employees from Quitting

Times were tough – they still are. So you cut back on your training budget and you backed off your employee development programs because let’s face it, it was that or layoffs. Your employees understood – they all nodded their heads in the company...

Emotion and Management – How Much is Too Much?

Last week I posted an article about team building in which I said that leaders should limit their emotional volatility. I was recently asked if I meant that managers should avoid showing emotion entirely, and of course I didn’t mean that at all.  Caring about...