performance conversations

Keys to having effective performance conversations

Hands up if you’ve ever been excited to have performance conversations. Anyone?  Not many people enjoy engaging in them, either as an employee or as the leader. They feel so forced and awkward in their calculated orchestration.  As leaders, deep down we know that performance conversations can be valuable. And they are, when they’re done […]

recognition and appreciation

Is there a difference between recognition and appreciation?

As leaders, we hear how recognition and appreciation are important for fostering workplaces where team members feel valued and supported. By doing this, we not only build relationships, but we build the foundation of strong teams: we build team trust. While recognition and appreciation might be similar in practice, they are distinctly different in an […]

employee recognition

For effective employee recognition, consider the individual

If I ask managers and directors if they celebrate achievements with their teams, most will say they definitely have some employee recognition strategies. And yet, if we’re doing a team workshop, I’ll hear murmurs of discontent from team members who aren’t feeling they get the recognition they deserve or – and this is important – […]

build a solid culture

How One to One meetings build a solid culture of engaged employees

How often do you engage with your direct-reports? I don’t mean a list of updates at a weekly meeting, or a drive-by debrief when something is falling apart.  What I mean is:  How often do you sit and talk about what is motivating them? what’s wearing them down?  How often do you tell them what […]