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It’s usually a good management rule of thumb not to get too friendly with your employees or to sleep with them. However, according to the 2007 Census Bureau survey of business owners, there are 3.7 million businesses that are run by couples.

There are all kinds of tax and financial benefits to hiring your spouse as an employee.[…] Continue Reading »

Critical thinking: It sounds like something college professors do.

And while critical-thinking skills are vital to academic research, they are equally important in the business environment. As you look to increase visibility and influence in the workplace, you need to become the professor of critical thinking for your team. Critical thinking is basically a questioning process. Here are three questions that will encourage employees to start thinking critically about their actions.[…] Continue Reading »

A client and I were talking about how he felt disconnected from his team because of his travel schedule. He knew that he needed to reach out on a more informal basis to his team beyond the obligatory formal monthly one-on-one meetings, which, more often than not, were canceled because of his schedule.

His first idea was to connect with his local team in a casual way, by walking around the office where they worked after he arrived in the morning.[…] Continue Reading »

After dedicating a large portion of my professional life to helping leaders develop new skills to improve workplace performance, I’ve come to a startling (and perhaps career-limiting) conclusion: Employee engagement, motivation, and results are less about introducing new leadership behaviors and more about just stopping the stuff that makes employees crazy.

Let me frame this as a little parable.[…] Continue Reading »

This is an excerpt from “Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership,” by George Kohlrieser, Susan Goldsworthy, and Duncan Coombe, published in 2012 by John Wiley & Sons.

Secure Base Leaders engage in a high level of caring and also encourage a high level of daring. In this way, both the leader and their followers can reach the highest levels of performance and have the most positive impact on others.[…] Continue Reading »