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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

To Review or Not to Review…That is the Question (Part I)

Over the last several years, controversy has raged among human resource professionals regarding the value of performance appraisals. One opinion is that they are a waste of time and resources – an old school, out dated method of giving employees feedback.  Others see them as a valuable tool to help focus the discussion on job 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

Are You a Boss or a Leader?

A colleague sent me an article identifying the difference between a boss and a leader. If you have responsibility for people in your job, they may refer to you as the boss.  Ideally, you want to inspire your direct reports to take the right actions to deliver your product or service to your customer. It’s Read More

Are you Critical or Curious?

We know that things in life are going to happen.  We cannot control events like traffic, weather, presidential elections and even snarky comments from our family.  What we can control, however, is our response.  We can think about or respond to the situation with reactions like: “Oh yuck, rain again today.” “How stupid can you Read More

Whose Side Are You On?

I recently finished reading Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.  She describes a situation between a principal and a teacher and compares it to an experience she had with a challenging grade in a college paper. She was ready to do battle, standing in front of the professors desk to defend her work.  But that’s not Read More