A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Push ’em

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  Carson McCullers   I recently read  “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve.   This book was about a family dealing with death, grief, and the necessity of moving on.  In this story, the father was grieving the loss of his wife and, while…

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What’s That I See? Employee Engagement!

  I recently traveled to Chicago and Seattle and during this trip, had ample opportunity to observe the two cities’ workforce engaged or otherwise in their work.  Whether it was in retail, hospitality, government, banking, or one of the many other industries, there were many employees to observe. I like to watch for something specific…and…

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What’s Your Legacy?

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Benjamin Franklin   I have a new friend, Michael Wagner.  Michael is the CEO of White Rabbit Group and he’s a delight.  He’s intelligent, insightful, and darn fun to talk to.  I met…

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Coaching ’em

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi   Last week I had the pleasure to present my thoughts and ideas on performance management to a large group of Human Resource professionals on behalf of the Northwest Human Resources…

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You Know What They Say About Assumptions

I recently taught a class on Performance Management and, like in many previous classes, I was amazed to learn that most supervisors don’t take the time to talk to their employees about what is expected of them. WHAT?    Craziness, I know…but many supervisors are simply assuming the employee knows what to do, how to…

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Employment At Will

When my sister, Robin, was about five years old, she let my brother stick popcorn kernels up her nose.  When my mom asked Robin why she allowed this to happen, Robin said, “well, him wanted to.” Was this a touching display of sibling love?  Not really…it was kinda stupid.   I thought of Robin this…

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