Team Effectiveness

Employee Engagement – Colleagues Can Kill It Too

August 12, 2013

There’s a lot of talk about how “management” plays a key role in fostering employee engagement but they’re not the only ones who can kill employees’ morale. Oh, no, colleagues can do a mighty fine job with that as well. Kevin Kruse, author of Employee Engagement for Everyone calls the road-weary co-workers the “Downers” (referring […]

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Employee Engagement is for Everyone

July 18, 2013

This is a multi-part series on employee engagement based on my interview with New York Times best-selling author Kevin Kruse. As a former business owner and winner of a “Best Place to Work” award, Kevin has a wealth of real-life experience. I found him to be funny, down-to-earth and very reasonable in his approach to […]

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Managerial Expectations – Don’t Keep ‘Em Guessing

June 20, 2013

From time to time, Mr. People Equation and I talk shop about managerial things. As a director-level leader who has supervised technical professionals for more than a decade, he’s been around the block and I value his insights. The other day, he mentioned an Expectations List that he gives to employees new to his department.  […]

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7 Signs You’re Hoarding Your Team’s Talent

June 13, 2013

As an advisor to people in senior management roles, I’ve noticed a key distinction between mediocre and exemplary leaders: the best leaders don’t hoard their talent. Over at Smartblog on Leadership, I explore the organizational benefits of leaders who have an abundance mindset regarding career development. What’s a talent hoarder? Just as a pack-rat hoards […]

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Why Empowering Your Sales Team is Good Business

May 22, 2013

Guest Post by Lisa Kosak Note from Jennifer: I met Lisa at a GRAPE networking event and have enjoyed getting to know her. Lisa has years of “in the trenches” management experience and a true passion for employee engagement, so I invited her to share her leadership thoughts with you. Here, she shares the challenges […]

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Turning the Hierarchy Upside Down

April 11, 2013

Author Marilyn Jacobson, Ph.D. wrote a guest post here on The People Equation called Mapping the Passage to an Upside Down Organization. I was intrigued by this imagery – that of an upside-down organizational pyramid, so I reached out to Dr. Jacobson for an interview to learn more. I’m very grateful that she agreed, because […]

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The Benefits of Training for Project Managers

April 9, 2013

Jen’s note: This post is sponsored by ESI International, a training company dedicated to the career advancement of project management professionals. One of the aspects that I admire about the project management profession is the rigorous attention applied to professional development. This post highlights some of the training avenues a project manager might take. Whatever […]

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26 Ways to Be a Better Boss

September 10, 2012

    I asked people, “What makes a bad boss?”          Roy Atkinson came up with this gem: A bad boss is terrific to learn from: do the opposite of everything they do and you will do well.  Here are 26 “bad boss” behaviors – flipped and turned into positive qualities. A good boss: Respects me […]

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Effective Meeting Leaders Set the Right Expectations

August 20, 2012

A few weeks back, I wondered why we hate meetings. Shortly thereafter fellow Women of HR contributors Laurie Ruettimann and Lisa Rosendahl offered up remedies to meeting woes. Laurie (aka The Cynical Girl) says that effective meetings follow the GRPI format. Trying to solve a problem? Here is the first question you must ask when […]

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Teamwork and Trust – A Gold Medal Combination

August 12, 2012
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