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It’s a term all too commonly used — discretionary effort. Some may even call it discretionary performance. Generally speaking, we understand enough to know that when it comes to employees delivering it, we want and need as much as we can get. But what truly is discretionary effort and why do so many leaders struggle to get more of it?[…] Continue Reading »

Have you ever had someone on your team who is very talented but acts as if the rules do not apply to him?

The lesson for managers is no one is bigger than the team. When one member starts to act outsized, the manager must act. Know the warning signs before you act.

Holding direct reports accountable is a good first step.[…] Continue Reading »

Peer leadership requires conviction that the person in charge is one whom you trust and are willing to follow even though that person has no authority over you. So why believe?

Leading those who can say “no” to you is always a huge challenge, but if you can convince them by your actions and your enthusiasm, then they might believe in what you are doing.[…] Continue Reading »

Although the holiday season is a time for giving, it can leave many feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, particularly when work comes between holiday fun and time off.

How can you keep employees motivated and excited during this busy season? Here are six suggestions:

Show employee appreciation by creating a healthy work-life balance
Pay special attention to the level of work-life balance that you’re providing your employees.[…] Continue Reading »

You have a job to do, and you’re focused on getting it done. You rightly expect your employees to be useful and on board with the tasks. But in your focus on the job at hand, do you speak before you’ve thought it out and destroy the morale of your employees?

Check out these five ways to create resentful, unappreciated workers.[…] Continue Reading »