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Category: Managing employees

Should Your Business Have a ‘Nap Room’?

The first time I heard the ‘nap room’ idea was a couple years ago. I was running a program where I facilitate feedback from a team of employees without the owner present. The idea of a ‘nap room’ came up twice. The second time I had to ask if they were really serious. They were! The main argument for the nap room was this: If I am really... Continue reading

Business Meeting Tip

Why do some business owners hold up a meeting waiting for the latecomers? When you think about it, you are punishing those who arrived on time and rewarding the ones who come late. My suggestion is: Don’t wait for those who are late. Implementation of this philosophy makes for more efficient meetings, increases the respect of those that arri... Continue reading

The Four Stages of Learning a New Skill

While attending a sales training discussion at a business coaching client of ours, I learned the concept of The Four Stages of Learning. The process was developed by a psychologist named Thomas Gordon and this method is still taught by the corporation he founded, Gordon Training International. Here are the Four Stages of Learning: Unconscious Inc... Continue reading

How Do You Motivate and Engage Your Employees?

There is a spectrum of management styles. Carrots or sticks? I happen to believe more in the ‘carrots’ or positive reinforcement style. I have witnessed tyrant bosses wielding a large ‘stick’ too. There is some good research reported in the best selling book, The Carrot Principle, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. They report that the... Continue reading

Hiring and Firing Employees – The Best Tip

Some business tips need a lot of explanation, support stories and other jeba – jeba. This particular piece of business advice stands on its own:  Hire slow          Fire fast Thanks to my good friend and client Martin Bates at Advanced Basement Systems for sharing it! Further discussion is available by appointment.... Continue reading

Getting Over Guilty Feelings as a Business Owner

One of the quality of life improvements we support at our firm is the ability to take a regular afternoon off to play golf.  This is a therapeutic and productive way to relax and re-energize for a business owner. It can also be a productive business development outing. In our work with small business owners, we find time and again that taking t... Continue reading

How To Be A Good Employee

Respectful communication is essential to a happy, productive employer - employee relationship. Here are some tips: -          Communicate your limitations: If you are able to communicate the lack of a particular required skill, your employer will better understand your abilities. For example a good employee might say, ‘I’ve never e... Continue reading

Improving Employer – Employee Dynamics

There is one management philosophy that says you need to have control over your employees, some need strict supervision in order to for them to be productive. There is another management philosophy that says employees will take responsibility for themselves if you provide a culture of trust, respect and support, but provide them freedom to b... Continue reading

Mutual Respect in the Workplace is Free

Ask a business owner what the most important thing to their employees is, and the majority of business owners will say, ‘money’. Have the business owners ever actually asked the employees? If you survey the employees of any business and ask them to rank what is important to them – one fact is consistently true – ‘Respect’ always ... Continue reading

Solving Business Problems – Simple Advice

Whenever you come across a business problem, the next step is to solve the problem, right? Actually not quite - first you need to ask the question: “Is the problem really the problem?” An effort to find a quick solution to what looks like the problem, may be a complete waste of time if the problem is not really the problem. Example:... Continue reading