Why is Giving Negative Feedback so Difficult?

I am sure the answer to that question is different for each of us. For me, I have found it connects primarily with my people pleasing nature. In a previous position, I remember needing to give negative feedback to someone directly under my supervision. It took me...

What to Do with Low Morale?

In my work with clients I have learned how to look for morale issues with an organization. With one organization my recognition of low morale came from observation of a staff meeting. The staff all sat only with members from their own department and the room felt...

Job Description First … Hire Second.

I have found that many managers know that they need another employee to help carry the load and have a good candidate in mind but neglect to create a job description and clearly define the roles they need the employee to play. This can feel free and relaxing at first...

Building Effective Teams

I recently read an article on building effective teams and it made me think about what advice I would give a client seeking to build an effective team. So here is my top 5: Define the purpose of the team. This is step one with anything you start. You need to ask...