Emotional intelligence, or EQ, refers to the ability to understand and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It’s a crucial aspect of our overall intelligence and has a profound impact on our personal and professional
The Case of the Black Friday Surprise
Every organization has an event that occurs every year, if not more frequently, that is out of the normal scope of daily business. Yet somehow managers are taken by surprise, even though it happens every year at the same time.
Leadership Qualities (Part One)
Can leadership qualities be developed? If not, most people would be excluded from leadership roles. I recently pulled an old John Maxwell book, ‘Becoming a Person of Influence’, off my bookshelf and as I was flipping through it I was
Preactive Leadership: The New Way to Lead
Preactive leadership goes beyond seeing a need and acting upon it. Proactive leaders see a need that is already there and act on it, which is good but preactive leaders take it a step further. Practicing preactive leadership means anticipating
How To Get Employees To Do Their Job
How to get employees to do their job? That’s the biggest question I get when training managers. One new manager told me about a difficult situation he was facing. He was dealing with a challenge common to many managers –
Managing High Performers Who Make Their Own Rules
Managing high performers who discard company policies in favor of their own rules can be challenging. A manager at a recent leadership training shared an issue she was having with one and asked for my advice on managing high performers who
Are First-Time Managers Set Up to Fail?
The latest issue of Precast, Inc. magazine features an article on how to help first-time managers succeed and thrive. In the article, I share that clarity of responsibilities can help curb the 50-60% failure rate of first-time managers. Failure doesn’t
Are you open to some feedback?
Has anyone ever asked you if you were open to some feedback? If so, you were probably thinking ‘No.’ but what you actually said was ‘Sure.’ Then you braced yourself for the brilliant observation that was about to be shared
Employee Recognition That Gets Results
Over the last 5 years, I’ve had the privilege of training thousands of managers and we always talk about the importance of employee recognition. I always ask ‘Is there anyone here who thinks there is way too much appreciation going
Assertive Communication: Focus on Facts, Not Feelings
I was in Milwaukee recently working with a group of managers to develop assertive communication skills. We started by discussing the role personality plays into communication styles and everyone took an assessment. A personality assessment provides critical insight into your