Common Sense Management

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How Quickly "Assets" Become Liabilities

We’ve all heard and read the corporate rap time and again. “Our employees are our greatest assets!” How then have 15 million dedicated, hardworking “assets” ended up unemployed? We all understand the uncertainty of the times; we get it. But what’s hard to swallow is the walk versus the talk. If it’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 19, 2009

What’s Inside Your Control Is A Matter Of Choice.

A professional acquaintance of mine always ends his phone calls and emails with, “Make it a great day!” Not ‘ have a great day,’ which seems very passive as compared to ‘ make it a great day.’ What appeals to me about his sign-off is the sense of control it promotes. Versus sitting around hoping... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How 'Artful Dodgers' Keep Their Jobs and What We Can Learn From Them

In a recent post, a business blogger told the story of an excellent worker who was laid off. Her performance ratings were among the highest; she never whined about the amount or complexity of her work; and she was respected for communicating exactly what she was doing at all times. And that’s what... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What's Your Company's Online Reputation?

Julia, my 13-year-old granddaughter, is as connected as they come. Typical of her generation, she keeps her friends apprised of her every move via fast thumbs and abbreviated use of the language. When she sends messages to me, I spend a lot of time deciphering the acronyms, hieroglyphics of sorts,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sure, Transparency's Good But Only If You Can Trust It.

There’s a lot of current discussion about how important transparent leadership is in developing engaged, motivated workforces. So true! In fact, I’ve read research that shows that frequent, honest communication from the top of organizations can override the damage done by inept supervisors. Pretty... Sign in to see full entry.

What Makes A Keeper?

If you’re a manager or supervisor right now, your life is probably making big sucking sounds. You’ve been told to reduce staff which, if you’re like me, is about as easy as figuring out which of your children you’d hand over to a kidnapper. It’s the pits, no other way to say it. However, you’ve been... Sign in to see full entry.

Can We Talk?

Some people are natural communicators. They’re articulate and at ease no matter the circumstances. They exude confidence and positive energy, and very often, they’re found at the highest levels of health care, business, government, or even family pecking orders. They possess the rare (and powerful)... Sign in to see full entry.

Any Suggestions?

In years gone by, the suggestion box usually sat next to the time clock, convenient to workers as they punched in and out. Employees stuffed the box with their ideas and hoped for a frozen turkey as a reward. Fast forward to today when many companies pay a healthy percentage of first-year savings to... Sign in to see full entry.

Mentoring: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Several years ago, a colleague dropped me a note of thanks for being his mentor, which was very rewarding to me. But until that moment, I didn’t know that “mentoring” was what I was doing. I just thought of it as listening, offering advice if asked for it, and showing support. But, surprising to me,... Sign in to see full entry.

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