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Every Workplace Needs Standards of Behavior

October 4, 2016 | Communication, Teamwork

Photo by f3nd1 on Flickr During a time of unprecedented growth at our company, we decided that we as the senior leaders must be the ones that drive the culture. WE needed to define the "why" at our company and more importantly define the standards of behavior that help to support the "why". If neither the "why" nor the behaviors were defined by us, they would still be defined by others, but they may not be consistent with the senior leaders values. A company standards of behavior which is created by senior leadership in collaboration with other company employees helps define the values that support…

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You’ve Been Promoted To Supervisor. Now What?

May 18, 2016 | Communication, Leadership, Trust

Photo by David Blackwell on Flickr Your boss quit. Management has promoted you to supervisor. Please check out my short video about what to do when you have been promoted from a non-leadership position to your first one as a leader. https://youtu.be/EGu1e84mNYw What would you say in your first conversation with your direct reports after you had been promoted?

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Managers Can Apply Nursing Principles To Leadership

May 12, 2016 | Communication, Leadership, Trust

Photo by OnCall team on Flickr Since entering into the healthcare market over a decade ago, more than one person/organization has told me the importance of hourly rounding on patients in the hospital setting. Hourly rounding can address trips to the restroom, pain assessment, and simple needs such as drinks and food. Studies have shown that it reduces patient falls which are very dangerous for patients and very expensive for hospitals. The same can be said too for rounding on employees. Rounding on employees at the very least on a quarterly basis gives employees an opportunity to communicate with their…

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Procrastination-Everybody’s Doing It (and here’s how not to)

April 28, 2016 | Leadership, Self Help, Time Management

Written by Steven J. Hanley, PhD and Rich Earnest In fact, we just did. This post has been sitting on our to-do list for months. We all put off our responsibilities for another day. Some reasons are more acceptable than others. An impromptu family gathering because Aunt Trudy is in town seems like a reasonable excuse; binge watching House of Cards all weekend, not so much. There are also many less obvious reasons we procrastinate. Feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, guilt, depression, anxiety, or even an unconscious need to punish or sabotage ourselves can all play a role. These psychological factors…

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Truth: Not Just a Question of Morals or Ethics

March 16, 2016 | Leadership, Trust

Written by Steven J. Hanley, PhD and Rich Earnest Photo by KlearNØDE on Flickr The main character in Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” tried fruitlessly to keep a dark secret from the police: that he had murdered, dismembered, and hid a man’s body under the planks of his floor at home. While being interviewed by the police he initially feigns ignorance. Ultimately, the truth gets the better of him and he cracks with a near delusional confession. Will telling an occasional lie in your day to day professional or personal life make you go crazy? Probably not.…

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Employee Feedback: Sugar-Coated or Bad Medicine?

February 1, 2016 | Communication, Employee Recognition, Leadership

Photo by Ramchandran Maharajapuram on Flickr I have to admit the title of this article forced me to listen to "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi and the song is still in my head (People younger than 40, YouTube it. Yes. Bon Jovi used to wear spandex and had big long hair). I have seen at least 2 articles in the Wall Street Journal which state in one way or another we should lessen the amount of negative feedback we give employees. The links can be found below: The Trouble with Grading Employees Everything is Awesome! Why You Can't Tell Your…

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Keep it Simple with Your New Year Recommitments

January 10, 2016 | Leadership, Self Help

Photo by Brett Jordan on Flickr How many times have we heard the phrase, "Keep it Simple"? It's usually followed by another word, stupid, but I thought it better to be more polite in this post. Business leaders, coaches, parents, and teachers have all said this phrase. I think it can also apply to our New Year Recommitments we have made. With one week already passed in 2016, how are you doing? I want to spend more time with my wife and kids, exercise more, produce more content, make more sales contacts.....the list goes on. The phrase, "Keep it Simple", pertains to…

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Recommitment With A 2 Month Head Start (Part 3 of 3)

November 11, 2015 | Leadership, Self Help

Photo by Stan Hieronymus on Flickr I hope your head start is going well. Mine is going ok. I have had some "life issues" derail some of my plans. We have been passing around sickness in our house so my time to commit to work out has been replaced with rest for myself or taking care of others. This happens. It is important though to bounce back and reintroduce the good habit as soon as it is possible. Just hit the pause button, not the stop button. I disengaged my pause button this morning. I want to share some best practices as…

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Recommitment With A 2 Month Head Start (Part 2 of 3)

November 2, 2015 | Leadership, Time Management

Photo by Alex de Haas on Flickr. I can hear it now. Next year will be better. I'm going to be more active. I'm going to be more healthy. I am going to lose 30 lbs so I can look good on the beach at Spring Break. Some of us have reached that goal by Spring Break, but some of us haven't made it. I've been in both categories. Did I start my recommitment on January 1st the year I failed? Yep! Did I start my recommitment on November 1st the year I succeeded? Yep! When I succeeded, did I go…

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Recommitment With A 2 Month Head Start (Part 1 of 3)

October 29, 2015 | Uncategorized

Photo by American Baking Company on Flickr. The season is close. If you think I'm referring to the Christmas commercial season, I am not. That has already started. The Hallmark Channel just promoted that they were going to begin the Countdown to Christmas next week?! Seriously? We haven't even celebrated Halloween yet?! I digress. The season I'm referring to is the "eating season". I did not come up with this term. I first heard it from Dane King, an expert in the wellness industry. In the interest of full disclosure, Dane is also my 1st cousin. He says that the eating season begins…

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