Before Setting Goals – Do These 2 Things

Before Setting Goals – Do These 2 Things

I made a video to share with you 2 of the things I do before setting goals that makes a big impact on my success for the year.  Try them out, and see how they work for you. Let me know in the comments if you have other questions about the goal setting process, or if you have found these tips helpful.    ...
Is It Really Enlightened To Think 1/2 The Country Is “Wrong” and “Unaware” of Their Hidden Racism/ Sexism/ Xenophobia?

Is It Really Enlightened To Think 1/2 The Country Is “Wrong” and “Unaware” of Their Hidden Racism/ Sexism/ Xenophobia?

A wise man once said “Seek First To Understand.” Have we, the seekers of the world, been doing a lot of that lately? This week I have seen many posts and email threads, all really judgement  masquerading as enlightenment. The overall thread is if you voted for Hillary Clinton you are enlightened and open minded, and if you voted for President Elect Trump you are simply too unenlightened and unaware of your inherent racist, xenophobic, sexist ways to even know better. And I find it fascinating that when Obama won, and HALF the Country was as upset as the other half is now- no one – and I mean No One bothered with any of this… For many on the “left” there has been actually no thought to people other than those “like” us. Most of those who voted for Hillary have NO idea 1/2 the Country felt their same pain in the past 8 years. They are shocked when I mention it as a possibility. And also fascinating that the assumption is that everyone who doesn’t hold our opinion is “Wrong” or “Racist”. The assumption of this line of thinking is that 1/2 of America – that’s over 59 Million People are Racist, Itolerant and just too unenlightened and ignorant to know better. For example, this from a school – a school’s letter to the parents of their children: “we now know for certain that racism is rife and often hidden in our very own choice of words, choice of stories, choice of places to go.” Meanwhile at our child’s school the only intolerance occurring isn’t even hidden. The kids...
Employee Motivation: Fostering Loyalty Through Shared Reward

Employee Motivation: Fostering Loyalty Through Shared Reward

I spend time here discussing ways to motivate employees. And so I thought I shared the story of two employees who needed a work vehicle. And what happened when the owner of a company gave a truck to one, and loaned (interested free) money to purchase a work truck to another. Not all of my clients are corporate clients, and so their motivation strategies are often a little different. (Although I believe everyone can learn something from this story – not just my contractor clients). Any guesses what happened 2 years after these two employees owned their work vehicles?  I would have guessed that the person who received a nice work truck would have been eternally grateful and happy. But that’s actually not what happened. And I believe it is specifically because he was given it – he didn’t work for it. And so that set the tone for him to think that it was all about him, not about the contribution he could make to the company. The exchange was off – and when that occurs it always trains the person to want to get even more for nothing. Which isn’t helpful to anyone.  And actually is dishonoring to all involved. Let me give some more detail. A few years ago I had a client who had 2 great employees. One was a very skilled worker who also occasionally managed things, and the other was more a tradesman still open to learning to increase his skills and abilities.  When the more skilled worker, who often went to two jobs sites during a day approach their employer about needing a...
3 Ways To Increase Employee Morale and Maintain Employee Rewards Even With Budget Cuts:

3 Ways To Increase Employee Morale and Maintain Employee Rewards Even With Budget Cuts:

Whenever morale decreases or there is room in the budget for things besides the basics, the idea of employee rewards are something management begins to think about. As a former Human Capital consultant, my feeling is that employee morale is never something that should be put on the back burner, because our people are our business. Literally. And while I do understand the constraints of business, there are often things management can do for employee morale that cost very little. Some of these suggestions will only apply to union or non-union employees, but use them or adjust accordingly. 1) Rewarding Performance With a Pre-Paid Cards: This works for both union and non union employees. However, normally unions will only allow incentives to be used as a reward for contribution of ideas in the employee suggestion box. When creating this type of reward, make sure to ask those in your target group, what types of rewards work for them. For example, when I was working as a management consultant at Deloitte, our firm often gave us Starbucks gift certificates. We were very happy with these. Around the same time, I was working with customer service representatives at a client. They said Starbucks cards did not interest them but places like Circle K did because that’s where they bought their gas, and gas cards for their favorite gas stations was much more important than coffee. Therefore, when choosing a reward, make sure the reward is something your target audience will value and be excited about receiving. 2) Rewarding Group Performance with In-House Lunch: With union employees it is often difficult to...
Female and Male Energy:

Female and Male Energy:

There is a lot of talk these days about “Male” energy. And unfortunately a lot of that talk makes it sound like to have male energy is “wrong.” And that the only logical energy to possess is “Female” energy. The logic is a little off. The reason for wars, the greed of SOME corporations, and oppression of women is that there was/is an imbalance in the world right now. Where there is and has been for thousands of years too much male energy, and not enough female energy. This doesn’t make “male” energy wrong. It just is pointing out to us, that there is a current imbalance in the world. The is a lot of Yang/Male Energy being exonerated and yet Ying/Female Energy has been suppressed and not honored or encouraged. And so I suppose it is only natural that some people in an attempt to tip the scales to be more balanced, have completely gone off the deep end. And are blaming Yang, Male energy for all the ills of the earth. It is a lack of balance, and a lack of Ying, Female energy being allowed to CO-EXIST that is the reason for these issues. In my opinion, there is nothing “wrong” with Male Energy. Just like there is nothing “wrong” with Female Energy. The world needs both. And men – actually do need more Male Energy than Female Energy. And women – we need mostly Female Energy, but mixed with a little Male Energy. (Hence the dot in the middle of each side of the Ying/Yang symbol filled with the opposite side of the spectrum.) Women...