Effective Leadership Means Enabling Your People, Not Controlling Them

Leaders are an important part of any organization. The role is required if a company or business wants to grow, thrive, and mature. But not all leadership results in growth and maturity. Unfortunately, there are two kinds of leaders in the world. Are you the kind of leader that enables? Or controls? Controlling Leadership Too often in business, leadership feels that the only way to achieve the respect, authority, and attention they desire is by controlling employees. This hard-fisted manager keeps tabs on their employees, dictates their responsibilities, keeps them from trying new things, and fills the meeting with only their … Read more…

Dealing with Workplace Conflict

Workplace conflict is a inevitable, and it is the responsibility of competent leadership to understand where conflict in the workplace starts, and how to effectively deal with it. Those who simply stick their head in the same and hope the problem solves itself are destined to be disappointed. Having conflict resolution structure in place will help to head off the problems as they begin, and keep them from growing out of control and dampening employee morale and productivity. Tips to Handle Workplace Conflict Define Acceptable Behavior. What one individual feels is appropriate behavior and what another person feels is appropriate may … Read more…

Where Does Conflict in the Workplace Come From?

As all good leaders know, conflict in the workplace is simply an unavoidable part of workplace dynamics. As a leader, is it your job to embrace conflict and address it in a healthy, productive fashion. Leaders cannot simply put their head in the sand and hope the conflict will work itself out – it rarely does, and most often will grow and become something unmanageable. Real leaders don’t tolerate drama, manipulative or self-serving individuals, or play favorites. As a leader, it is imperative to understand how to deal with conflict in the workplace. Where Does Conflict in the Workplace Come From? … Read more…

Top 5 Management Styles

As people change careers and positions, everyone will come into contact with a variety of personality types. Think back to the management that you’ve experienced in the past. Surely some of them you think of more fondly than others. We’ve all had “good” bosses, and we’ve all had ones that were not that great, and sometimes downright bad. Some management styles encourage more growth for employees. Leadership style isn’t necessarily good or bad, but more specifically depends on the task or requirements at hand and the people they manage. Directive Management Style A Directive management style is when leadership demands … Read more…

Advantages to Mentoring in the Workplace

Leadership plays a huge responsibility in the culture, functionality, and success of any workplace. As new employees of all ages join the team, team building coaches from outside the company as well as leadership within the company can help mentor and build successful teams. The role of any mentor is to benefits both the bottom line, the employees, and the customers they serve. Mentoring Benefits to Employee Employees will always benefit from a quality mentor, and leadership should strive to share information, experience, and guidance to those new to the business or service. Allowing employees to make mistakes and learn … Read more…

Worst Small Business Advice

Small business owners know the challenges that come with owning their own business and getting it off the ground successfully. Inevitably, sometimes business advice will come from people who mean well, but actually aren’t helping one little bit. Here are some common things individuals say to starting entrepreneurs that is not as helpful as they may think. You Have to Offer the Lowest Price to Be Competitive This advice is wrong on so many levels. Depending on your business, perhaps lower prices are a great way to get into the market, get your feet wet, and create a client base. … Read more…

What are the Benefits of Team Building?

When a team or organization learns to work productively together as a single unit, the business will accomplish more, faster and easier than it could if everyone worked individually. However, encouraging team work can sometimes be more complicated than simply understanding that there is a problem. What are the Benefits of Team Building? Productivity in your office or organization is impacted tremendously by the quality of the relationships, teamwork skills, and vision your people share. As a leader, if a group is not working up to its potential – or you are planning to throw a diverse set of individuals … Read more…

What Is Team Building?

Each year we see more interest in team building events, corporate retreats, and working as a team in organizations. Does your organization schedule regular time for the staff to socialize and have fun together? Does having a dinner together help teams grow? What is team building? Team Bonding Versus Team Building These two terms get thrown around in meetings sometimes, but most professionals would agree that they are not quite the same things. Let’s talk about how the events in team bonding differ from those that are team building, and what the difference is. Team Bonding: These types of events … Read more…

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