Category: Great Working Environment

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Empower

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Don’t think of empowering as distributing some limited amount of power based on worthiness. The best way to “empower” competent and willing team members is to get out of their way. When you have a team member who can do the job and pitches in to help, don’t think about permission. Instead ask  »  Read More

Independence is Important at Work, Too

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In the 18th century, the 13 colonies that became the United States of America had to fight the British for their independence. The people who work for you shouldn’t have to fight you for their independence. People crave control over what they do. My youngest grandson is a good example of how this works. When he was a  »  Read More

Leadership: When was it great to go to work?

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For more than 20 years, I started every class in basic supervisory skills the same way. I asked participants to identify a time when it had been great to go to work. Then they split into workgroups where they shared their experiences with the other members and then came up with their own list of the characteristics of a  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Try it their way

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Sure, you’ve got experience and you know how things should be done. But if you think you know the only way, you’ll miss out on some helpful innovation and miss an opportunity to improve the working environment. Two facts are important. First, you don’t know all the ways work can get done. Second, part of  »  Read More

Happy and productive workers

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Matt was really happy when he went to work last Friday. He and his wife had just found out she was pregnant. He was thrilled. He told everyone, but he didn’t get much work done. Then, there’s Vic. Vic was easily the most unhappy worker I’ve ever known, but he always did good work. Once I asked him why  »  Read More

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