Are you wondering how to tell the difference between data that are based on numbers (quantitative) and those based on sensations and experiences (qualitative)?
Many business owners find it difficult to make the distinction… which can lead to frustration, overwhelm… and eventually to a business that is vulnerable to threats that could cause irreparable harm.
Continue reading “How to Understand the Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Your Business”
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.
Continue reading “Frankenstein Management: Why Bias Can Destroy a Great Business”
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”
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”
If you own a business, you are responsible for every detail in your company: hiring, firing, and everything in between.
When a key employee hands you their resignation letter… what is your typical response?
Do you feel alarmed, frustrated, nervous, or angry?
Are you afraid of what could go wrong?
Without a clearly defined processes to deal with unexpected turnover in your company, you will be facing a lot of unknowns. Risk Intelligence is the ability to perceive what could happen before it happens.
If you feel blindsided by a sudden resignation, or shocked by events that forced you to fire key staff members, then it’s time to boost your level of risk intelligence.
Facing the good and bad of the past year takes courage, especially in re-living painful experiences. But self-evaluating the highs and lows in your past year is just the first step.
Sharing your findings with the entire world takes it to a whole new level.
In this post, I’ll talk about the benefits and downsides of making your Year In Review public, and why we’re afraid to fail.
Continue reading “5 Reasons to Share a “Year In Review” of Your Business”
This is the final in a 3-part series about Pain and Decision-Making.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
In previous posts, I described ways to see pain objectively, and how to identify pain points, and ways to fix them. In this article, we’ll be examining some difficult topics that most leaders tend to avoid.
Continue reading “5 Painful Discussions That No Organization Should Ignore”
What does your company look like from the point of view of staff? In this Let’s Define video, I define the “Employee For a Day” concept and why it’s so important.
Read my definition of “Employee For a Day” and what happened when I tried this experiment as a new manager.
Watch the video, or read the transcript below:
Continue reading “[Video] Let’s Define… What is an “Employee For a Day”?”
Are your staff afraid to share what is going wrong in your company? Do problems keep happening, and you don’t know why?
A great solution is to step into the roles of your staff and see the situation first-hand.
One fantastic technique is what I call “Employee For a Day.” It is a simple, hands-on activity where an executive leader leaves their role, and she or he sits in the seat of employees to see the organization from their point of view.
In my previous post, I describe what happened when I entered the day-to-day world of my staff. It humbled me, challenged me, and ultimately led to several changes in the organization.
There were a few drawbacks as well. Here are all the dirty details of how to get started.
Continue reading ““Employee For a Day”: How to Start”
Pain isn’t something most of us want to experience. We are hard-wired to avoid unpleasant conversations, experiences, and memories. And most of the time, this instinct serves us well.
But when it comes to recognizing risks — vulnerabilities and threats that could cause harm — avoiding pain is dangerous.
This is the first in a 3-part series about Pain and Decision-Making.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
In this post, I will review the basics of pain, our unique thresholds, corresponding fears, and how to evaluate and properly both pain and managing risk. Continue reading “What Happens When We Avoid Pain in Decision-Making?”