It is GOOD for YOU to Show You Care

It is GOOD for YOU to Show You Care

A few years ago, I observed a new IT executive snap at his lead technical architect about what did not seem to be a major transgression. Later in the day, I witnessed an even more aggressive and public criticism of a project manager during a quarterly program review....

Five Resources (and a bonus) to Inspire 2020

Five Resources (and a bonus) to Inspire 2020

Happy New Year! After reflecting on last year’s endings, let us move on to build upon new beginnings. My favorite aspect of the New Year is that it allows us to start afresh. With that in mind, I’ve gathered five resources and a bonus report to inspire you in 2020. 1....

A Gift to Kick Off 2020

A Gift to Kick Off 2020

It is hard to believe that 52 weeks have passed since I last expressed my love of the holiday season. My wish is that everyone will have a fantastic day in whatever way you chose to spend it. We are expecting to spend the holiday with five of our nine grandchildren....

Self-Review: A Gift to Oneself

Self-Review: A Gift to Oneself

As I wrap up our annual performance review discussion, I would be remiss if I did not explore the importance of a self-review. Let’s face it, accountability to oneself does not always come naturally. It is too easy to forget to celebrate or ignore your shortcomings....

5 Steps to an Effective Performance Review

5 Steps to an Effective Performance Review

The power of an annual performance review is underrated.    In some circles, they are said to do more harm than good, especially if that is the only time you are meeting with an employee to review their performance. Too many times the annual performance review is used...

Performance Management Starts in the Beginning

Performance Management Starts in the Beginning

We are coming to the end of the calendar year, which typically focuses on the annual performance review. It is no secret that employees dread their yearly evaluation. Whether they admit it or not, most managers dread it just as much. Few managers and even...

Giving the Gift of Gratitude

Giving the Gift of Gratitude

Gratitude – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; a strong feeling of appreciation to someone or something.   Gratitude is the one emotion I purposefully focus on each day. It allows me to acknowledge all the good in...

What’s Next? Seven Tips to Your Future Life

What’s Next? Seven Tips to Your Future Life

We all start our careers eager to learn and anxious to demonstrate our value. Along the way, we may marry and become parents. We contribute to our retirement fund and plan for old age. We assume we will leave the work force ready to relax and do whatever it is that...

Testing Your Effectiveness

Testing Your Effectiveness

Leaders do what they say they will do and expect the same from others. One of my mentors used to say, “You expect what you inspect.” Great leaders follow up and follow through. Great leaders test their communication effectiveness.    Testing your communication...