“Let it hang a little”

  “I’m on a hurry” makes some people throw loosely tied ideas in the fire. Trouble is, these ideas tend to fall into pieces when grilled. Here’s one example. As a job seeker, when you’re being served an ad like this one, you know something is “not right”. “Entry level job” or “Junior level position”…

How to defuse a blame game

The fear of failure is very powerful. It can stir up blame games, rip teams apart. Yet failure itself can be a great teacher. Here’s how to defuse a blame game based on a fail. Who’s responsible for this? “I didn’t do it. S/he did!” says the boy, pointing at the dog. Unless it’s for…

How to counter a lack of initiative with proneness for it

“How come my employees don’t show more initiative?” The answer is in the tape color you use most often. For real. Here’s why. Many entrepreneurs and managers say they want employees to show initiative in their work. Yet, when you watch how these leaders act with their team, compliance is what most really seek. The…

“Not that time of year again!”

A very common thought when, just like taxes, it’s once again time for the Employee Performance Review (EPR). EPRs could actually be less painful and more insightful. Here’s how and why. WHAT GETS MEASURED… “What gets measured gets managed”. So goes a saying. Something also served as an argument by managers to introduce KPIs (aka…

When a different angle works its magic

  Scarcity is a tricky word. As it often translates the impression that “we’re going short” on something when facts say otherwise. “We’re getting short on talent. We need to hire more people.” A statement that might be a sign of business growth for (blooming) entrepreneurs, but a sign of troubles for others and you….