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Dealing With Difficult Employees

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Dealing with Difficult Employees

Are you in a position where you happen to be dealing with difficult employees? 

If so, here I give you three Do’s, and three Don’t’s. 

These three “Do’s” and “Don’t’s” are not meant to cure all your illnesses, but rather, they are meant to give you foundational strategies, to help you improve your people leadership competencies.

FIRST

Please allow me to ask you one question.

You don’t have to answer this question to me of co…

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FISH! Philosophy

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The FISH! Philosophy

INTRODUCTION

I have been doing corporate leadership development work for almost two decades, and I have personally worked with thousands of managers.

As I look back to the types of people that I have worked with, I notice that there are several patterns. 

What do I mean by “patterns”? 

By patterns I mean that some managers tend to be introverts, some others tend to lead by example, some others prefer to ask questions rather than to tell emp…

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Ethical Decision Making Model

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Ethical Decision Making Model

Whenever you make a decision, you want your decision to be ethical—in other words, you want to always use an ethical decision making model.

Why, you might ask?

Because you want to make the most strategic decisions consistently—don’t you?

FIRST

This is about the quality of your decision

Please, let me ask you:

What is the main ingredient in good decision-making?

The answer to this question is critical, isn’t it?

Do you kno…

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Employee Goal Setting

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Employee Goal Setting

Do you want to make your employee goal setting comprehensive and strategic? Look no further.

Once in a while—or perhaps rather often—you must set goals for the team you lead, mustn’t you?

And these goals—the goals that you set—they better be comprehensive and strategic. Isn’t this true?

Wouldn’t you love to have an employee goal setting process to help you set comprehensive and strategic goals for your direct reports, consistently?

Well … you are in luck, because I am …

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Intuition in Decision Making Definition

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Intuition in Decision Making Definition 

Introduction 

Whether you are aware of it or not, you use your intuition in decision making every day, several times a day:

During conversations with your suppliers and/or with your clients (either internal or external), during performance conversations with your direct reports, during decision-making meetings, etc.

The fact is, most everybody uses his or her intuition all the time.

But, what exactly is “intuition”?

What does “intuition” mean?

Defi…

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Good Presents for Employees

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Good Presents for Employees

Introduction

There are a lot of good presents for employees, but, IF you could give just one single present to each one of your direct reports—what present would it be?

I have a suggestion for you—a suggestion that will have a positive change on your employees’ behavior.

Yep—that’s right …

If you do it as I say, and you carefully follow my instructions—step-by-step—I guarantee you will see a positive impact on performance.

It’s…

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How to write a mission statement

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How to write a mission statement 

Introduction

These three guidelines will tell you how write a mission statement, AND they will also help you to use your mission as a leadership tool. 

Is your Team on a Mission?

Or ... is your Team, Mission-lessness?

Today most organizations (for-profit and not-for-profit) have a Mission Statement.

But if you take a random sample and read some of them, you will find that many organizations have Mission Statements that are abstract, too long, and ... with …

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Process Theories of Motivation

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Process Theories of Motivation 

Introduction

What is “content” and what is “process” in leadership?

This is a practical tool to help you manage both the performance of your direct reports and the performance of your entire organization.

“Content” is the task, the issue, what employees are working on.

“Process” is how employees work together.  

An example of “content” is the decision your direct reports make during a meeting.

An example of “process” is the way in which they interact with o…

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Interviewing Techniques for Managers

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Interviewing Techniques for Managers

Introduction

These interviewing techniques for managers will make your life easier. Most of the managers I have met do not know how to hire the best of the right candidates.

This is very unfortunate because hiring the wrong applicant can be waaay too expensive. 

FACT: Hiring excellent employees is not difficult

Here are ten simple steps to help you find the best of the right candidates:

FIRST

The first interviewing technique is SO obvious—yet, I have s…

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Goal Setting Guidelines

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Goal Setting Guidelines

These are the simple three goal setting guidelines (on steroids) that will tremendously help you reach your goals, on a consistent basis …

But before I tell you what they are and how to use them, please allow me to ask you one simple question …

Is goal-setting part of your life?

Or are you like the average person that comes up with New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of every single year—and then slowly and gradually forgets abou…

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