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 whatContinue Reading

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The holidays are coming – 9 things to think about when planning your office party

Tis the season! This is the time of year for party planning and merrymaking as the calendar year draws to a close. But how often do we actually make office parties and gatherings fun for everyone? Those of us who’ve been leaders for a decade or two or more (cough) remember when Christmas parties includedContinue Reading

company culture

Building a Company Culture of Growth and Happiness

Recently one of our CEO clients was telling me about the important project his leadership team had completed. It was almost miraculous in that they brought it in on time and on budget – though you can probably guess it was grueling and draining for everyone involved. I asked the CEO what they did toContinue Reading

disagree with your boss

How to disagree with your boss

I remember vividly as a young professional a time when I had a dissenting opinion about an important issue, but hesitated to offer it.  The problem was that I didn’t feel encouraged to give an honest opinion if it conflicted (and it did!) with that of the people more senior to me at the time.Continue Reading