Category Archives: managing talent

The 1 Question You Must Ask Before You Fire Someone

Does Your Employee Know They Are About to be Fired?

I’ve had many managers report to me across my career as a leader and CEO. And over the years, many of those managers have come to me at different times to express a keen desire to fire one of their own direct reports.

And every time that happened, I always reacted in the exact same way. I tell my

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B.L.U.F.F. Your Way Into Great Communication

Put the bottom line up front to be a great communicator.

When most people communicate or have an update to share at work, either in an email or with a verbal report, they love to share their entire intellectual journey. They tend to start at the beginning, and then explain everything they did to get to the end results – which they save as their big conclusions.

While that kind of approach might work if you’re writing a novel, it’s not effective when it comes to sharing updates in business; especially with busy executives.

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The Simple Tool You Can Use to Keep People Accountable

You can get an immediate jump in productivity.

Accountability is a topic that lots of CEOs and leaders talk about. Specifically, most of their concern is that they don’t feel like their people hold themselves accountable to the things they need to do in driving higher levels of performance throughout the organization.

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The 6 Types of Power All Successful People Possess. Which One Do You Have?

Successful people know that there are six kinds of power that you can earn in an organization and only a few of them are given by the company.

What kind of power do you have in your organization? And by that I mean can you get other people to do what you want them to? While it’s become somewhat out of style to talk about whether someone has “power” or not, the truth is that there are people using power to get things done. And if you aren’t, you might be missing out. Do you find yourself not getting promoted or do you fail to get resources for the projects you’re most interested in pursuing? If so, you might need to rethink how people earn power in your organizations while also finding ways to earn more power of your own.  Continue reading The 6 Types of Power All Successful People Possess. Which One Do You Have?

Why Netflix Doesn’t Tolerate Brilliant Jerks

What do you do when someone who is unquestionably brilliant is also a jerk?

We all work with someone who is unquestionably brilliant. You know the type: the person who consistently comes up with great insights and ideas and who can cut to the quick far faster than anyone else in the organization. It’s hard not to step back and admire how the person’s brain works.

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When to Delegate? Try the 70 Percent Rule

If you don’t learn to embrace the art of delegation, you won’t be able to build your business. The 70 percent rule gives you guidance on how to do it well.

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Double Your Income by Knowing the Second Most Valuable Thing You Can Do With Your Time

If you consistently create high value time – you can double your income

If you ask any businessperson what the most valuable thing they can do, they all likely have the same answer: work on their billable hours.

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3 Simple Steps To Hold People Accountable

Great leaders and managers know these 3 Simple Steps To Hold People Accountable

There is a common theme that many leaders struggle with: they don’t know how to hold their people accountable. Even if they are great at hiring A players, many leaders still are left with that feeling that their people could be doing more or better work.

Rather than first finding fault with the employee, a great leader looks first at him or herself. And when you take that look in the mirror, you might find that you have not been effective at holding your people accountable for their results.

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The Single Most Important Job of Any CEO

Being the leader of a business isn’t always glamourous. More often than not, your time is going to be spent figuring out where your company went wrong.

In the book Great CEOs Are Lazy (Inc. Original Imprint, 2016), leadership consultant Jim Schleckser argues that the best CEOs aren’t the ones who spend 100 hours every week at the office–instead, they are the ones who know how to effectively spend their time. In the following edited excerpt, Schleckser, the CEO of the Inc. CEO Project, a coaching and peer advisory organization, explains why that many executives struggle to find time to address organizational problems.contact us today

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