Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Featured, Food For Thought, Key Skills, Managing People | 0 comments

Why and How To Admit Your Mistakes – 5 Simple Steps

Why and How To Admit Your Mistakes – 5 Simple Steps

  I was in the meeting room with one of my team members. She had a look on her face that combined surprise and delight. It was her monthly performance review, which I started off by apologizing to her for being a little harsh on her during the team meeting earlier that day. I explained that I wanted to encourage other people to contribute, but I was wrong to shut her down when she wanted to contribute. I assured her that I appreciated her contribution and wanted to encourage it. She said she was not bothered by the interaction, but appreciated my apology. That interaction crystallized a lesson I had learned from managing people. One of the most important things a manager needs to have is his/her team’s respect. It is an important catalyst that allows the manager to lead a great team. It cannot be bought. You cannot fool people into respecting you (not for long at least). Respect is earned through actions you take, especially in tough times when...

Read More

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Business Plan, Featured, Key Skills | 5 comments

One Important Business Lesson You Can Learn From A Nursery

One Important Business Lesson You Can Learn From A Nursery

My wife and I received an email from our son’s nursery that delighted us and taught me an important business lesson. The email was informing us that they will be carrying out a fire drill the following week. This was just one of the many initiatives they have been telling us about that are delighting us and reassuring us we made the right choice.

Read More

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Key Skills, Managing People | 0 comments

To Fire or Not To Fire

To Fire or Not To Fire

  Firing someone is one of the most difficult things a manager will do. On the other hand, not firing when you should is one of the biggest mistakes a manager can make. One of the challenges is deciding if its better to drop the axe or give the person another chance.   Three Subjects   To help us make the decision, lets imagine you have three people on your team. The first, lets call her Diva, is very smart and gets along with most of the team. Her performance charts, however, are like roller coaster ride. She performs great when she feels like it, but she has been “unmotivated” lately and her performance has taken a dive the last few months. Facebook even reported a 1% increase in traffic due to her contribution alone in the past quarter. Next up is Hope. She’s is a hard worker, gets along well with the rest of the team, gladly puts in extra hours to get work done and help the team when...

Read More

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Food For Thought, Key Skills, Managing People | 0 comments

10 Tips To Evolve Your Team To Greatness

10 Tips To Evolve Your Team To Greatness

  So you hired the right people and you are managing them like a champ. Now you want to take the team to the next level. You want to develop the team to be better than it was the year before. Here are 10 tips to to help you along the way: 1- Curate and Orchestrate: Attract people that compliment each other to achieve great things. How you ask. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner gives five tools (or skills or abilities… whatever rocks your boat): (1) Vision to see what the future will have (2) Product sensibility to devise a solution for customers that works (3) Business acumen to build a business model that works (4) Leadership to communicate the plan and attract the right people (5) Resourcefulness to get things done Take a look at your team, including yourself, to ensure your have these five abilities. Add or train people to fill in missing abilities. Orchestrate your team so each can deliver his/her ability effectively (i.e. unleash people who get stuff done on execution, visionary people...

Read More

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Food For Thought, Key Skills | 0 comments

4 Personality Types To Look For When Recruiting Your Team

4 Personality Types To Look For When Recruiting Your Team

  The people you will surround yourself with will either make or break your company. You might have the privilege of picking your partners and employees and you might have to inherit others. When hiring people or picking partners, most focus on the other person’s technical abilities and track record. When it comes to personality, most of us go only as far as evaluating how likeable the person is or how well we think we will get along with him/her. There is a better way to pick the right personality. Let’s start by defining personality. The American Psychological Association defines personality as the individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. There is a branch of psychology dedicated to personality and plenty of attempts that apply theories to the workplace to help companies be more effective. In general, most of these theories will present four personality types at work using different labels: 1- Thinkers: They are intellectuals that value exploring new concepts, breaking the status quo, and charting new directions...

Read More

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Key Skills | 0 comments

Guide to Giving Great Presentations

Guide to Giving Great Presentations

The skill of giving presentations is a very important one for your career. Whether you are a fresh graduate, a middle manager, a senior executive, a salesperson, or an entrepreneur, you need to be able to give good presentations. You might be presenting to your customer, supplier, boss, team, board of directors, investors, or even a public official. The ability to deliver a solid presentation is a critical skill to help you make connections, get people to buy-in, and convince others to do what you think is the best course of action. However, most people are afraid of public speaking. In multiple surveys and polls, the fear of public speaking consistently shows up as one of the top things people are afraid of. For example, a poll conducted by Gallup in 2001 showed that 40% of people are afraid of public speaking and, interestingly, that number is higher for women (44% of women vs. 37% of men are afraid of public speaking). From my experience presenting in the corporate world, lecturing, and teaching people...

Read More
Google+