When we think about the makeup of a workplace, tangible aspects often come to mind: location, office space, number of employees, revenue. However, certain intangibles are just as much a part of a company’s identity. Workplace culture tops this list.

Attracting and retaining talent relies heavily on the cohesiveness of worker attitudes, as well as the example set by company leadership. Are employees on board with their management’s vision? Are they motivated to learn and improve their professional skills? Do they adhere to company policies? Although management is tasked with setting the right example for their employees, if they don’t get buy-in, it can be awfully challenging to grow and succeed.

All industries deal with on-the-job safety in some way, whether you’re a 9-5er staring into a computer screen, a crane operator on a construction site or a brewer at a craft brewery. MySafetySign surveyed nearly 500 occupational safety professionals to gain insight into the biggest challenges their companies face when implementing health and safety practices. (read more…)

Roll the dice!

That’s what leaders must do from time to time. Complacency is always problematic.

Novelist William Faulkner once noted, “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

That’s what good leaders do from time to time, and, in the process, they push their organizations toward new goals.

John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Also in 2014, Inc.com named Baldoni to its list of top 100 leadership experts, and Global Gurus ranked him No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. Baldoni is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

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We all like to complain about meetings. Meetings are a waste of time, boring, inefficient, run too long, nothing gets accomplished, etc., etc., etc. Complaining is easy, but never makes things better.

The solution to bad meetings? How about a day of meeting training? How about if we improve our meeting process? Maybe it’s the leader’s fault, and they need to learn how to run better meetings. Their agendas are too long, or they don’t know how to facilitate a discussion. Maybe it’s the uncomfortable chairs or the cramped, smelly dark room, or the bagels are stale.

While any or all of those reasons can result in a bad meetings perhaps the one thing we have the most control over fixing is our own meeting behavior.

Maybe, just maybe, if we all did an honest self-assessment of our meeting behaviors and upped our own game, the time we spend in meetings might get better. (read more…)

This post is sponsored by PEL, LLC.

Mike Sotak is the president and chief executive officer of PEL, LLC. He has more than 22 years of experience in the medical products industry. Prior to joining PEL he spent six years as an executive with Invacare, headquartered in Elyria, Ohio. In this interview, Sotak discusses some of the challenges of the device manufacturing industry and how technology is shaping the future.

Question: What is the biggest challenge the O&P industry faces in getting fair Medicare reimbursement for their products? What can be learned from others in health care about making the reimbursement process easier?

Mike Sotak: One of the biggest challenges O&P professionals face is getting reimbursed for the total cost of delivering a device to a patient. The current reimbursement model does not separate the patient care service provided and the cost of the device. O&P caregivers are challenged to demonstrate the value they provide in bringing about desired patient outcomes and the service costs associated with properly delivering a device to a patient. (read more…)

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Q. What is one thing I can do to inspire my team to work harder than we have been in order to meet goals without damaging morale?

yec_Nicolas Gremion21. Have a clear finish line

One of the best things about running a marathon is hitting that finish line, which everyone participating knows is 26.2 miles away. Likewise, make sure your team knows where your finish line is, and what they’ll get for crossing it (a break, for example). This will act as a motivator. Having no (or an improbable) finish line can be very damaging. (read more…)