What should you do when policies aren’t being followed, customers are upset, and everything starts to fall apart?
These are all symptoms of Frankenstein Management Syndrome: A condition where harmful outcomes occur because leaders are disconnected from the needs of their employees, customers, and community.
Let’s explore what causes this scary condition and how to avoid it.
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Whether you are giving a talk to 10 people or 1000, giving a successful presentation requires you to use the power of influence to engage with your audience.
A keynote speaker goes beyond a regular presentation, because it requires not only tremendous influence, but also a strategy that creates results for the event’s organizers.
Continue reading “7 Things I Learned as a Keynote Speaker”
What can we do to avoid a catastrophe like Chernobyl?
Although your business may not be facing problems to the magnitude of a nuclear plant meltdown, it’s still possible to completely miss the warning signs that the ‘wheels are coming off the wagon.”
I have found that the best way to develop a resilient response to disasters is by relying on the feedback of Devil’s Advocates.
Continue reading “7 Things HBO’s Chernobyl Taught Me About Devil’s Advocates”
I thought I knew everything about my company… until the day I stepped out of my management role and into those of front-level staff.
Working in new job tasks was the most eye-opening thing I ever did as a manager. The act of observing their roles first-hand made it crystal clear where the problems were originating. And… spoiler alert: 99% of problems in a company are because of poor management decisions!
I call this boots-on-the-ground observation method the “Employee for a Day experience.”
It’s terrifying, enlightening, humbling, and eye-opening.
And it works like magic.
Here are some ideas for how to implement this incredible (free!) tool for yourself.
Continue reading “10 Variations of the “Employee for a Day” Experience”
When you walk through a business for the first time… what is the first thing you notice?
Maybe the way it feels, looks, or smells? Is it the how the receptionist greeted and offered to help you?
Is it the attitude and friendliness of staff?
Is it the degree to which your needs were met before you even had to ask?
Successful business owners know how important first impressions are to a potential buyer. Little things can have a major impact on a customer’s decision to invest in your services or products.
It’s easy to overlook certain aspects of the workplace environment that could be turning people away. In this article, you will find out the 5 elements that can turn your business environment into one that increases both your profit margins and customer satisfaction.
Continue reading “How to Create the Perfect Workplace Environment”
What are you scared of?
As humans, we are biologically hard-wired to treat every perceived threat in an extreme way, with one of four reactions:
- Fight: go on the offensive, reacting aggressively to eliminate the problem
- Flight: avoid the problem by retreating to a safer position
- Freeze: shut out the problem by pretending like it’s not happening, or
- Face: confront the problem directly.
Continue reading “The 4 Responses to Fear as a Leader”
For today’s #MinimalistManager Challenge, my task was to spend an entire day using my non-dominant hand.
Which, since my natural preference is right-handedness, means that it is…
Find out how it went, what I learned, and a few insights I was not expecting.
Continue reading “Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 3: Leftie Day”
This is the second post in a series about Frequently Asked Questions on the topic of Company Culture.
I will explain why it’s important, and provide some examples of companies with a good and bad culture.
Watch the recorded video here, or keep reading for bonus-filled content.
Continue reading “Company Culture FAQs Part 2 of 5”
What’s the purpose of reviewing your company culture?
Does social media impact a company’s culture?
I answer these questions—and much more—in my Live Facebook Video. Check out the recorded video here, or read the transcript below (including bonus content!)
Continue reading “Company Culture FAQs Part 1 of 5”
What is an employee worth to you?
Not just their ability to generate sales or produce a measurable outcome, but also in terms of the experience they provide, and the emotional impact they make?
How can we calculate the degree of value an employee brings to a company, and what we lose when they quit?
Previously, I discussed ways to increase Risk Intelligence after staff turnover, and how to calculate the financial impact.
In this third segment, I explain hidden values employees provide, the 9 things we lose when an employee leaves, and simple ways to calculate the cost of quality.
Continue reading “How to Estimate the Qualitative Loss From Staff Turnover”