Posts Tagged ‘human resources’

Big Communication Problem

A recent conversation caused me to pause and think about a reason for much of the discord we experience in business. It is a big communication problem we’ve all experienced whether we realize it or not. Not only have we experienced it, we’ve been on both sides of it. What am I talking about? Simply put, Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Ideas Revisited

Have you ever worked at a place where all decisions were top down ones and employee ideas were ignored? On the other hand, perhaps you are managing a company that operates this way. Companies that do this put themselves at a distinct disadvantage.

Nobody Knows it All

By cutting off employee input management is limiting the knowledge they have to make decisions. They are effectively shutting down Read the rest of this entry »

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Dangers of Keeping Employees Uninformed

Do the employees in your company know the things they need to know? Not the things required for performing their job, mind you, but the things that help them understand where the company is headed and how their roles fit into the overall plan. One of the dangers of keeping employees uninformed is that they will Read the rest of this entry »

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Making an Impact

How often have you heard people say they want to live in such a way that they know they are making an impact? This thought probably is one of the most common ones people have. We all want to think we are significant and are leaving a lasting impact. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making a Positive Impact

Have you ever thought about the people who have impacted you positively and how you impact others? Have you ever noticed that some people have a knack for making a positive impact on others?

A Look Back

Take a moment to look back over your life and see if you can identify those people who have had the greatest impact on your life. It could be Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Ideas

Have you ever worked at a place where just a few people made all the decisions? Those people are missing out on a great opportunity. Employees can surprise you. Sometime employee ideas make a big difference. I touched on employee needs a little in the postings 4 Wants and Needs of Employees, Employee Development, and Employees Need More Than a Paycheck. Now I want to say some more about the specific issue of employee ideas and the value of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Micromanager

Have you ever been in a situation where the person you reported to tried to tell you how to do everything? How did you handle it? The micromanager is someone that is frequently encountered by employees at all levels.

Some Clarification

When I say micromanager I am not referring to someone who makes sure that their employees are doing what they are hired to do and have clear guidelines for their role. That is normal and healthy. I am also not talking about Read the rest of this entry »

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Deaf and Blind Management

Management, heed Matthew Henry’s words, “None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see” This is a paraphrase of the Bible verse Jeremiah 5:21.

Some Explanation

We typically think of this saying as applying to those who are obstinate, stubborn or unwilling to see or listen, even to things that may seem obvious. This seems to be used in business most often when discussing some employee. But, stop there. In the posting 3 Reasons to Delegate we looked at three ways that Read the rest of this entry »

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Part-Time CFO and Financial Vision

It is very common that resources of a small company are stretched. As a result, things like good financial information get overlooked. Too often this neglect leads to unnecessary pain. But there is a solution that is effective and affordable. The underlying issue is one of having the Read the rest of this entry »

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Mutual Failure or Mutual Success?

If you have worked long you have likely seen a case where two individuals or departments within the same company appeared out to destroy one another. It is actually an easy trap to get caught in. Back during the Cold War between the U.S. and its allies with the USSR there was a phrase “Mutually Assured Destruction” (MAD for short). Essentially the idea served as a deterrent to both sides from launching a nuclear attack on the other as it was believed that in the end they both would be destroyed. Sometimes in business this MAD idea seems to be in play, except that it Read the rest of this entry »

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