Productivity BLOG

  • The Best Alternative to Performance Appraisals

    January 20, 2016, by , Posted in Leadership & Management, 0 Comment

    Why waste resources? The best alternative to performance reviews is to create a coaching culture. Why waste resources developing processes that only touch the surface of what we really want from everyone in the organization? A coaching culture will create a productive environment where employees will take initiative to independently do whatever it takes for the organization to meet the goals and realize the mission.   What is the proven ROI of building ...

  • Leadership Coaches Also Provide Advice

    January 9, 2016, by , Posted in Leadership & Management, 0 Comment

    There are times when we get a chance to give some advice to CEOs and professional football coaches. Surprisingly, a sports reporter who was preparing an article to give advice to Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts head coach, and Ryan Grigson, President and CEO of the Colts, interviewed me the other day. It was a kick (no pun intended!) and it was nice to be asked. I guess my reputation in ...

  • How to eliminate performance reviews and create a coaching culture

    November 20, 2015, by , Posted in Coach Right Now!,Leadership & Management, 0 Comment

    Over the last 2 to 3 years companies have figured out that there is a better way to improve performance than to provide semi-annual and annual performance reviews. 90% of HR professionals don’t believe the process provides accurate information. Performance management systems don’t align with financial performance. In 2012 Donna Morris,* Sr. V. P. Talent Management at Adobe, eliminated performance appraisals. Pierre Nanterme,** CEO of Accenture, recently announced that the ...

  • Open Up Possibilities With Questions

    April 22, 2015, by , Posted in Uncategorized, 0 Comment

      I recently facilitated a 2-hour coaching training meeting with a group of nine CEO’s hosted by a fellow coach and colleague at an all-day meeting. The host told me that CEO’s would really like to learn how to coach rather than my prepared topic of “How to create a coaching culture”. So I quickly prepared a hand full of slides and used a couple of exercises that I have used ...

  • What is so important about employee engagement?

    November 12, 2014, by , Posted in Coach Right Now!, 0 Comment

    Gallup says that disengagement costs U.S. businesses over $350 billion annually!   How much is disengagement costing your business?     “Employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to the organization and its goals that result in the use of discretionary effort.” Kevin Kruse’s definition. Kevin Kruse shares a list of 29 research studies that show a correlation between engagement and: Service—Sales—Quality—Safety—Retention—Sales—Profit—and Shareholder Returns   Below are ...

  • Focus and Let Your Brain Breath

    May 27, 2014, by , Posted in Be More Productive - Slow Down, 0 Comment

      It seems as though many of my blog readers keep asking about my thoughts and comments on multitasking. I thought I would share another person’s personal views about the topic. Of course, her story reinforces my views, and research results, about the harm multitasking does to our brain and our quality of work. A director level leader of a Fortune 500 company kept asking herself ...

  • Planning: And Then Execute Your Plan

    March 28, 2014, by , Posted in Be More Productive - Slow Down, 0 Comment

    First, slow down and plan the most effective way. We may procrastinate about creating a plan, but we really know that we work better with a plan. Remember: “Plan your work and work your plan”? Well, there is planning and then there’s creating a plan. No matter how large our company, business or organization, planning helps the business move forward. Let’s see how planning works for others and me. We’ll keep ...

  • Effective Leadership Development

    January 23, 2014, by , Posted in Leadership & Management, 0 Comment

    Our fast changing world requires leaders to be aware of the changes they need to make in their style to meet the requirements of the frequently changing markets, economic conditions and technological advancements. The other requirement that is equally important is how to change our leadership style to take our followers through the impending changes. Leaders need “ever-changing” development to be successful throughout their careers. Marshall Goldsmith wrote a best ...

  • Leadership Development– Best ROI: Coaching executives vs. traditional leadership development methods

    December 22, 2013, by , Posted in Leadership & Management, 0 Comment

    I have worked in Fortune 500 companies in human resources for 23 years of my career. As an executive, I struggled to measure the results of ...

  • Your “War” for (Keeping) Talent

    November 20, 2013, by , Posted in Leadership & Management, 0 Comment

    Gary Burnison, CEO at Korn/Ferry International, wrote about the struggles ahead next year for corporations: 2014: A “New” War for Talent.  …Going into 2014 we are in a new era that I have referenced as an unprecedented fight for growth. In meetings with corporate leaders worldwide, there is consensus that the problem of growth, or lack of it, is rapidly becoming the world’s No. 1 problem. Governments and corporate CEO’s alike ...

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