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Busy Is Not An Excuse

How often are you busy? Busy, according to Dictionary.com, is an adjective meaning: actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime As a verb, the meaning is: to keep occupied What I notice about this word, is how often people use it as an excuse for not getting something finished. “I was just too Read More

Do You Follow Through?

I recently attended a networking event and ran into someone I had met a couple of years ago. In chatting, I learned he had started his own business. We exchanged business cards, and I told him I’d send him an e-mail when I returned to my office with some dates to meet for coffee, so Read More

Top of Mind

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of facilitating a discussion with a group of supervisors from various companies on “Time Mastery”. When I present on this topic, I share Stephen Covey’s time management matrix. I have the group identify activities that fall in each of the 4 quadrants. (If you aren’t familiar with this matrix, Read More

What Will You Be Planting?

Next month, I will have the opportunity to present about Talent Development at the Michigan Bankers Association BEST conference. Since spring will be here soon, I’m working on an analogy of preparing a garden and developing people. Couple today’s employment market with rapidly changing technology and regulations and you could fail to achieve your bank’s Read More

Fostering Trust in the Workplace

My last blog post revolved around creating a sense of belonging and significance for employees.  This is done by having a positive work culture.  There are many ways to create a positive work culture, but one of those key components is trust.  Trust develops when we are open with one another. During the summer of Read More

How Much Structure Do You Need in Your Work Environment?

A recent article on CNBC touts the expansion of the Gig Economy, or contingent workers who don’t have an implicit or explicit contract for long-term employment. The article states job growth in this area is larger than payroll for traditional employment.  My intention with this post is not to advocate for one method or the other, Read More

Define Your Expectations

Did you know that when you have clearly defined, well communicated expectations, you will be happier and more successful than people whose expectations go unspoken or unrealized? As we approach the end of another year, it is always a good time to assess our goals and accomplishments, and this can include expectations.  At work, there Read More

What Is the Cause of Workplace Stress?

A recent survey by Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company, found 75% of US employers say stress is their number one workplace health concern. The survey goes on to reveal a disconnect between employers and employees as to the cause of the stress.  Employers in the survey indicated that the number Read More

Psst – Have You Heard the Latest?

So, have you heard…?  How many of us have used this line in the last week, 24-hours, 15 minutes?  We can all think of a dozen endings for that phrase, most of which don’t sound anything like something we’d want to have said about ourselves.  How much time and energy do people spend conveying hurtful Read More

Soldier or Leader?

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination; imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.” – Napoleon Hill. Napoleon Hill is the author of a book Think and Grow Rich. Hill was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success Read More