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.

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 inbox,

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 keep

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 lot of

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 fine, and in much

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

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 quickly. The Team Member Issue

The 4 types of BAD leaders [Infographic]

Affective Business Leadership Styles

We’ve all had our fair share of bad managers. No matter how much we enjoy our work, a bad boss can make us truly miserable. You’ve heard the saying: “People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” (Click to tweet) As leaders, managers, and/or business owners, we want to lead well. We want to be competent; and we

How to communicate with your boss (and get what you want)

how to communicate with your boss

So, let’s say you’ve been working for a company for a while, and you really want to find a way to accomplish some new tasks or take on new roles with your position. You’re ambitious, hungry, and ready for a challenge. But that means figuring out how to convince your boss that A) You’re ready

How leaders have the power to make their team feel like heroes

praise at work

Our manufacturing plant was putting a unit out the door every 6 seconds — and every one of them was defective. I was part of a design team that had updated the design of our product to comply with new Federal safety requirements, and while the product was perfectly safe, it just didn’t always work.

Hi, my name is Brad, and I’m an interrupter.

interrupting

Let’s pretend you and I were having a conversation. You had a point to make, I’m confident you did. But I couldn’t wait to hear it. I interrupted. I was feeling anxious I’d lose the thought in my head (and we know what’s in my head is worth hearing), and so instead of making time

10 things holding you back from building a great team

Every business owner dreams of having a team of dedicated, driven and super smart people working for them. Often, they think if they just hire the right people, it’ll happen. Sure, hiring good people has a bit to do with it, but without a leader cultivating the employees into a team that produces great work

5 great ways to encourage your team

5 great ways to encourage your team

If things are going a little rough in your business, it’s really important to keep moral up. Encouraging and motivating your team is especially important to keep productivity and energy levels up. Jill + Brad talk about the different ways they encourage and motivate their team when things are tough, or to bring in energy