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January 22, 2018

For those of you who know me personally I am a huge dog lover. We have two boxers (the boys) and we are their pack. I also feel this way about my family, friends, and even many of my colleagues. They are my pack and I accept and would do almost anything for them. I kno...

January 15, 2018

You did it, you landed your dream job! Anxious and excited you arrive ready to hit the ground running, but wait, what happened? The ideas that you pitched in the interview, the ones you were told landed you the position, you are not being allowed to implement. Why?

It c...

January 8, 2018

I love farm land and silos, my grandparents had a farm in Wisconsin and I would spend hours looking at the silos, they were impressive. Silos will always hold a special place in my heart, but they are not impressive in the working world… quite the opposite.

As an indivi...

December 18, 2017

I was shocked when my boss actually said this to me. After I got over the initial shock, I was truly grateful that he shared this sentiment with me. Let me put this into context for you.

My organization was recruiting for a senior level position. A resume came across my...

December 5, 2017

This is the second article of a three-part series. First, I discussed the factors that shape how we label problem employees. Today we are discussing, “People Problem or Process Problem?”

When a manager comes to me with an employee issue, the first thing I determine is w...

December 4, 2017

This is the last article of a three-part series. First, I discussed the factors that shape how we label problem employees, followed by “People Problem or Process Problem?”, today we are discussing, “How to deal with behavioral issues.”

Once you have discovered that the...

November 21, 2017

This is the first of a three-part series. First, I will be discussing the factors that shape how we label problem employees.

Have you ever worked with a "Negative Nancy?" Or supervised one? If so, how did the individual get this label? When I have joined a new company,...

November 14, 2017

I tend to be a helper, I try to do things to make people’s lives easier. Sometimes in my effort to help I over step or unintentionally make someone’s life more difficult. For example, in the hustle and bustle of my morning I did something that I would appreciate someon...

November 7, 2017

Many managers struggle with holding people accountable, so much so that often instead of holding people accountable they just correct the situation for the individual or even cover up for that person to avoid having the conversation. This creates a multitude of issues...

October 31, 2017

Deciding to terminate an employee is not a decision that is made lightly. However, when the decision is made, what is your responsibility as a manager?

It had been obvious for some time that no amount of coaching, counseling or training was improving the situation with...

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