You sit down for an earnest performance improvement conversation. Things improve for a minute. And the next day (or the day after), she’s back to her “hot mess” behavior. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s her. Some people are hard to reach. But before you write her off as “unfixable,” take a hard look at your approach.
Her call touched me deeply. She was trying so hard…to establish the right vision, to key in on the important behaviors, to scaffold and develop…and her team just wasn’t listening. Perhaps you’ve been there too. You’ve got vision. You care deeply. You teach. You repeat yourself. But no one seems to “get it”? Here are ten questions worth asking when you hit that wall–when your
I thought I was getting ahead of the blizzard, After all, the snow wasn’t supposed to start until Friday morning. But apparently I wasn’t the only one thinking Thursday morning was a good time to slip out to our local Trader Joes. Every register was open and the every line stretched all the way to the back of the store. I had to give them credit–they had clearly planned for the onslaught and
My husband looked at me in bewilderment as I explained why I couldn’t buy that “perfectly good” house in the neighborhood with the great schools, close to his work, UMD where I teach, BWI airport, our church, and our gym. “I love the house. It’s a great community. But I just can’t trust that builder. If they hire someone LIKE HER as their sales manager, I question who’s
When I was in my sales and customer service executive roles, whenever I needed a pick-me-up, I would go talk to the new hire classes. They’re fired up, full of ambition, and ready to serve. “Raise your hand if you’re looking to be promoted into management.” Every hand in the room goes up. Sadly, in many companies something happens along the way. Talk to the same group a year in, and the
When I ask managers where they regret not spending enough time, unequivocally, the number one answer is “Not spending enough time developing my people.” There never seems to be enough time, or resources, or support from above, or fill in your favorite blank here _______. And yet when I ask managers to identify one thing they KNOW would improve their results, you guessed it… the same answer
Have you ever been handed an “impossible” project, only to realize that the next step is to convince your team it’s completely doable? In this video, I share two manager’s responses to the identical task. The project was identical, their team’s response and level of engagement is worlds apart. I imagine both scenarios will feel scarily familiar. What can you do to encourage more from
As we prepare for our Winning Well speaking tour, I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to talk with the media about our mission to help leaders Win Well–without losing their soul. Today, I’m sharing My Interview with Dr. Gayle Carson. We discuss: Why I left Verizon to pursue this dream The most difficult part of transitioning from executive to entrepreneur How I’m looking to make a