Category: winning well

What the Best Managers Know About Disengaged Employees thumbnail

According to Gallup’s recent 2017 study, 70% of employees are not engaged at work. And countless studies have shown that the number one predictor of employee engagement and satisfaction is the relationship they have with their supervisor. So what do the best managers know about disengaged employees? Today I share a story from one of the most disengaged times in my life, and how my leader helped me get

The Worst Mistake You Can Make With a Bad Hire thumbnail

“When did you know he was a bad hire?” “Pretty much from day 1.” “And when did you first have a frank conversation about your concerns?” “Err… yesterday.” “And now you want to terminate them?” “Yeah, I mean it’s been a problem for a really long time. He’s got to go!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this

One Reason Your Employees are Rolling Their Eyes thumbnail

Have you ever had a supervisor who congratulated you for doing something that you knew wasn’t praiseworthy, or worse, something you knew actually made things worse in the long run? Or have you seen a peer recognized for their “great work” only to find yourself secretly muttering “If they only knew?” I see this happen all the time. Managers encourage the wrong behavior, for the wrong

How Do I Get My Team to Trust Me? (Story and Video) thumbnail

Our 8th Winning Well Principle: Trust the Trenches has so many nuances, all of which I learned the hard way. For me, it wasn’t the delegating, or asking for input, that was the hardest… it was trusting my team enough to be vulnerable. To trust them enough to admit that I’m far from perfect, and having the confidence to know that was okay. I still had vision. And a plan. And we could still win

3 Consequences of Promoting the Smart, Successful Jerk (with video) thumbnail

Oh he’s good. Very good. He gets sh__ done. It’s hard to argue with the results. So what if he’s ruffling a few feathers… with his team, with his peers, with HR, with IT?  The better he does, the better you look. And so you choose to look the other way, shrug your shoulders and chalk it up to the cost of genius. And that may work. For a while. If you’re lucky you can get him promoted

Show Me the Love: Recognition that Makes a Difference (with video) thumbnail

Yesterday a high-potential, high-performing VP called:

Karin, the thing is, I know I’ve been accomplishing a lot. And I shouldn’t need this. But, I just wish one of the big guys would just say “thank you.” HR and my peers have told me “Oh, if you haven’t heard anything, you can be sure you’re doing just fine. if you’re screwing up, that will be perfectly

Try This Surprisingly Simple Way to Raise the Bar thumbnail

She looked right at me and yelled across the gym floor with conviction, “You are a dancer!” Now there are a lot of labels I’m ready to buy:  “You are a leader!” I hope so. “You are a Mom!” Well, that one could go both ways, couldn’t it? Anything from “Good job, Mom” to “Is this your kid? What was he thinking?” “You are a

5 Signs Diaper Drama Is Destroying Your Culture thumbnail

Diaper Genies are a FABULOUS invention– for parents and nurseries. They hide the stink of a poopie diaper and exponentially increase the interval necessary to empty the trash. The stink stays conveniently wrapped tightly in plastic so no one can smell it. The stink is unavoidable and the Diaper Genie provides a welcome reprieve. But sadly, in so many companies around the world, I see a similar effect

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