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Team Work for Your Work Team

Monday July 18, 2016 comments

Teamwork: Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause. Thats what Dictionary.com says. But thats not what Im talking about. Im sitting in a gym at Wheat Ridge High School on a JulySaturday afternoon, waiting to watch my teenage daughter and her basketball team play the first of five games in a weekend summer tournament. Im not complaining. I love being my kids dad and I love being in the stands to support them the loudest one in the stands to support... Read More


Office Politics v2016

Monday July 11, 2016 comments

Some people want to force conversations about the elephant in the room. Some people want to behave like asses. And Im not really addressing either political party as much as I am behaviors that seem to be commonplace in our society when it comes to this polarizing presidential election. Weve still got 4 months until a new president is elected. You may feel so strongly about your candidate of choice that you want to try to persuade employees to vote your way. Conversely, with all the commercials, mailings, phone calls, and other attempts to... Read More


Do It Right the First Time

Tuesday July 5, 2016 comments

Do It Right the Fist Time. Sounds good. Why do rework when it saves time and money to do things right the first time? Why spend money on warranty work, returns, or lost productivity if organizations can prevent all that? People hear the phrase Do It Right the First Time, and assume that refers to the output of a person, and perhaps the attitude of that person as he or she approaches work. If work wasnt done right then the worker was at fault. Such an assessment is an after-the-fact evidence of failure rather than an assurance of success... Read More


Who Benefits From Your Benefits

Monday June 27, 2016 comments

Who Benefits From Your Benefits? Back before World War II, few Americans had health insurance. Fewer still received it as an employee benefit. Of course, life was simpler then. Healthcare was relatively medieval, and most people just suffered through all but the most debilitating pain or disease. Back before World War II, few Americans had any kind of employer-provided retirement plan. Of course, life was simpler then. People didnt live that long because healthcare wasnt that good. And most died shortly after retirement, living at home... Read More


The Problem With Conventional HR Wisdom

Monday June 20, 2016 comments

I was talking with a young professional the other day. She told me about how life was going at a small, remote office of a larger institution. Seems theres this one employee well call Jane. Jane has been written up 3 times for mistakes, poor customer service, conflicts with her boss and others. So in the latest incidence of snarkiness, the manager of the office sent her home. Sounds good right? Nope, HR called and the manager did not have authorization to suspend an employee without their approval. Theres a reason HR is on so many peoples... Read More


Workplace Conflict

Monday June 13, 2016 comments

Workplace conflict. It happens. We like to think that time will resolve things. Time doesnt heal; it buries. Left unresolved, issues fester and become apparent later. And when they do its usually worse. The biggest mistake most people make is not to try to resolve things. The next biggest mistake people make is to try to assert their rights and force an apology. Ask yourself, Do I want to be right, or do I want to be effective? They arent always the same thing. When workplace conflict does happen - particularly when the offense is not that... Read More


Founder's Syndrome

Monday June 6, 2016 comments

Founders Syndrome. At least thats what I call it. Someone has a great idea, an invention, a new way, a new service. Others join the adventure partners, employees, investors. At some point one of 2 things can happen: The founder decides that a new leader is needed. Maybe the founder wants to cash out. Often the founder doubts her ability to lead but still wants to hang around in some capacity; Someone else decides that a new leader is needed. Maybe that decision comes from an investor, a partner, or the bank. Someone wants a change... Read More


7 Ways to De-Hassle the New Overtime Regs

Thursday June 2, 2016 comments

7 Ways to De-Hassle the New Overtime Regs Long before the Department of Labor announced the final version of the new regulations affecting exemption status from overtime, all kinds of handwringing and alarm-sounding was going on. Still is. It sounds something like this: Businesses may reduce pay for those impacted to offset overtime. Businesses will have to buy expensive time and attendance systems to track time. Morale will tank for professionals moved to nonexempt status. Im not wild about what I see as an extreme... Read More


When Overreactions Rule Over Overtime Rules

Tuesday May 24, 2016 comments

By now, youve probably heard that the long-debated Department of Labor Overtime Rules have finally been released. There is all the normal hoopla from those who think this will put more money in working families pockets to those who think it will have the unintended consequence of decreased pay; from those who think it was a fair process, to those who think it was a travesty; from those who see benefits, to those who see detriments. Such is life in our democracy. Gotta love it! All of us have probably seen numerous articles sounding the... Read More


Accomplish Your Goals Through Teamwork

Thursday April 7, 2016 comments

If youre one to regularly work out in a health club or gym, this is the time of year you hate to go work out the most. Thats because all kinds of people who arent normally there are trying to figure out how to use equipment they dont routinely use, slowing down your workout. And you probably know that season will only last a month or so. Many who made New Years Resolutions to get in shape, drop 25 pounds, or just get healthier, will fall off the bandwagon and repeat all of the above next year. Why do so few people actually drop the weight,... Read More



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