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Use Personality Types to Make Sure Teams Get Things Done

We have found that every team is made up of two broad types of people-- the Idea Makers and the Doers. If you’ve ever taken a Myers Briggs test, you might know these two groups as Judgers (J) and Perceivers (P).

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July 17, 2018

How to Best Tie Compensation to Accountability In The Workplace

The concept of tying compensation to accountability seems simple enough on the surface. However, making it real is way harder than it looks. And the biggest challenge is deciding what to measure performance against.

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July 12, 2018

5 Quick Ways To Double Meeting Productivity

First, let's agree that meetings are a reliable and efficient way to get teams aligned behind a common objective or goal. Let's also agree that, if not carefully managed, meetings can quickly unravel into a massive waste of time.

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July 6, 2018

Wondering How to Retain Millennials? Easy!

The annual performance review is an excruciating ritual that has been around for a really long time, but, in 2017, it’s just not cool anymore.

It is a 20th century model that just doesn’t work for the 21st century.  Managers see them as time consuming and not always reflecting employees’ real contributions. Employees, especially millennials, can find them demeaning and unfair.

But how can we provide the feedback that is essential to an employee’s growth without a review?   And how can management gather and organize information on employee performance to use in human resources decisions?  

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June 28, 2018

Turn Average Team Members into High Potential Contributors

The Harvard Business Review recently released an article outlining how to identify high-potential employees.

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June 26, 2018

How Best to Delegate Work and to Make It Stick

Every manager has faced the disappointment of assigning a task to a team member and finding out that the task was ignored or slipped through the cracks. 

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June 12, 2018

Get Projects Done – Strategies from Successful PMOs

Expanding the scope of a project is not a bad thing when properly managed.  in fact, changing requirements, constraints, needs, context, or priorities in a project is more norm than rarity.

But a problem arises when change creeps into a project unnoticed.  When project sponsors, project managers and team members realize that they are working on a bigger and more ambitious project than originally planned, and that they have begun to miss deadlines consistently and to exceed budgets, it's probably too late.

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May 31, 2018

How to Run a Meeting to Make Sure Things Get Done

Have you ever found yourself in meetings where the same issues and action items seem to get discussed over and over? 

If the mechanics of documenting action items, defining a due date, and assigning it to somebody are in place then, why don't things get done?  Why do we need to talk about them again at subsequent meetings? There are actually some very simple steps you can take to make sure that your meetings stay on track.

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May 29, 2018

How to Get an Engaged Millennial Workforce

When business owners and corporate leaders get together, it doesn't take long for them to bring out the war stories of the difficulty of managing and retaining millennial employees.

We've all heard the complaints -- They feel entitled to promotion regardless of the quality of their work.  They have no loyalty.  Their work ethic is sub par.  Blah.  Blah.  Blah.

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May 22, 2018