A Made Up Word, But a Real Fear

Every manager has, at some point, worked with an employee who was not cutting it. They were not a good match for their role which led to poor performance. And every manager has let those employees slide, at least for a while. Why is it that even though problem employees are easily identified, action to […]

What Your Dogs Can Teach You About Management

People often joke when a newlywed couple gets a puppy that they’re just practicing for when they have children. And they’re right, because dogs are great “training wheels” for becoming a parent. But they can also be great training wheels for becoming a manager. Your pooch can teach you a lot about management. Here’s an […]

Watchmaker or Beekeeper? It makes a HUGE difference.

Low morale, low profits, lack of staff engagement, high turnover, rampant gossip – all these problems can be attributed to a company that’s being led by either a Watchmaker or a Beekeeper. Care to guess which is the type of leader whose company suffers these troubles? If you guessed Watchmaker, you’re right. Why? Watchmakers, as […]

How Aligned is Your Team?

The real obstacles to a company’s growth are often hard to identify. They are frequently issues that affect multiple areas of the company. They may look like seemingly simple issues at first. But once you’ve solved the superficial problems, there’s still no relief. That’s because you didn’t get to the heart of the underlying issue. […]

Baron Schwartz

Congratulations Are in Order

Congratulations to all of the award winners from last night’s CBIC Gala, but a very special congrats goes out to our client Baron Schwartz of VividCortex! Baron was named the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year. Baron is always looking for new ways to improve and grow both the company as a whole and himself as […]

Entrepreneurial Catch 22

The Entrepreneurial Catch 22

Entrepreneurs, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. You are great at starting and growing businesses. You are full of energy and ideas. You make things happen. That’s the good news. Because you are great at solving problems, are quick with your decisions, are great at firefighting, you, knowingly or unknowingly, make yourself […]

Tough Conversations

7 Reasons Your Managers Aren’t Having Tough Conversations

Have you noticed that your managers are reluctant to have those tough, but necessary, conversations with their employees? When those conversations are had, do they tend not to be as direct as they could be? Do the employees not hear what was intended? Do managers simply “Hint and Hope” that their employees will eventually get […]

Brexit

Lessons From the Brexit

What can we learn from the potential Brexit (Britain’s exit from the EU) on creating and improving High Performing Teams? Values and Beliefs must match. Margaret Thatcher knew the EU was doomed from the beginning because the beliefs and values among the members were just too different. Things were great for a long time, but […]

diets and leadership

Diets, Leadership and New Year’s Resolutions: 8 Leadership Basics

The number and variety of diet books being published each year constantly amazes me. I am sure 2016 will be no exception. Can there really be so much new and original thought out there to justify both the publishing and purchasing of all these titles? We spend millions. Most of it wasted. A recent search […]

Holiday Party DISC Styles

Holiday Party Styles

As we all head off to various parties in these last few weeks of the holiday season, here are some quick tips for determining the behavioral style of your fellow party goers based on their drink of choice. Try your hand at identifying as many people’s style as possible. It’s a great game to play […]