People

This is our collection on subjects and topics that deal with your people -- your employees. Here's our best of on managing, leading, running, and dealing with employees.

Step 3: Stop doing your employees’ work!

employees work

This is Step 3 in our control freak recovery series. In this step we talk about how it's not the boss' job to clean up our employee's messes or do their job for them. Read Step 1 and Step 2 here. This is a long journey, and none of us can go it alone. We hope you're reaching out to a trusted friend

Step 2: Why business owners need to ‘let go’ more

let go

This is Step 2 in our control freak recovery series. This time we talk about what it looks like to loosen up our grips on controlling everything inside of our business -- and why it's healthy. Find step 1 here. Too many business owners have an inner control freak that can make them really

Cube vs. Corner: How do the boss’ work habits affect yours?

How does your boss' work habits affect yours?

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how much you’re supposed to reflect the boss’s work habits. Especially in regards to working hours. After all, he or she is the boss — so doesn’t that role come with increased responsibility? But at the same time, as an employee, it’s important to show dedication and

Step 1: Admitting you have a need for being in control

Control-freak-recovery

If you've been following this control freak series you've either been hurt by control freaks, or you think you might be one. If you know this is you, take heart! Admitting it is the first step toward recovery. Yes, I'm treating your control freak behavior as an addiction. It's a behavior that is

Flash Reports

Flash Reports

The flash report is a quick way for team members to “check-in” once a week with one another. It allows the team to see if the other team member’s activities and priorities are in line with their expectations. Are they getting things done? Are the things that they are working on the “right” things

4 interview disasters you’ll never forget

the toupee interview disaster

When I'm successful in helping a business to grow, they ultimately need to hire more people. So I get involved in helping them to recruit, interview and hire. Our process is to help write a really excellent job posting that attracts top candidates, then we do a phone screen before we recommend a

3 ways to have more productive meetings with your team

productive meetings

I love my mobile devices. I take notes on my iPad, I carry my phone everywhere. As tools, they make me infinitely more effective over the course of the day. But they have their dark sides too. It only takes a moment of boredom before I'm reflexively checking twitter, or looking at my email

Hate training employees? Try doing this instead

training employees

Way back in the dark ages of time, before Netflix or TVs, or typewriters, before papyrus or hieroglyphics, our ancestors would sit around a campfire at night and one of the older members of the tribe would tell a story. These stories were not random. They were part of an oral tradition designed to

Millennial values: A business owner’s guide to managing Millennials

millennial values

You’ve read the studies about Gen Yers having different values than Gen X or Boomers. You’ve heard all about work/life balance and why us youngin’s really value it. But when it comes to the practical ways we want work/life balance or why it’s one of the core Millennial values, there’s not a whole

Die “Status Meeting”! Die!

status meeting

There is nothing I dread more than a "status meeting". You know the one where everyone goes around and updates everyone else about what they've been working on? Shouldn't this just be an email? If we are reporting information and not interacting about that infomation, then email does this job just

How to get employees to solve problems on their own (without interrupting you)

how to get employees to solve problems on their own

More people mean less work. Right? At least that's the idea. When I first started hiring team members for my business, I thought it would be great! The promise of more people working for me was that I wouldn't have to work so hard. Instead of working so much in my business, I would be free to

How to minimize employee interruptions

Team Member Issue Form

How to get employees to solve their own problems (without interrupting you) You want your employees to be self-sufficient, but they still need you. So when an issue arises that needs your counsel, there is a way to handle it in a way that builds their confidence and resolves the situation