Team Effectiveness

How to Tend Your Company’s Cultural Garden

November 14, 2013

How much care is taken with your company’s values? Are they simply slogans on a banner in your lunchroom . . . or something deeply embedded in your organizational culture? And what happens when leaders make business decisions that fly in the face of those values? That’s what I write about in this month’s Smartblog […]

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Employee Engagement – Ignore the Outliers

August 29, 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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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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