Discipline Improves Employee Retention

Many leaders see discipline as punishment for some mistake or error that an employee has made and that it is a "necessary evil" that they is simply a part of their job. We need to shift that mind set because when we do, discipline...

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Fear Devastates Employee Retention

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself" FDR I often wonder if CEOs understand what fear can do to employee retention and what happens when it takes hold.  Are most oblivious when fear exists in their organization?  Are managers aware of the impact fear has on...

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Professional Growth plays a role in Employee Retention

Employees generally want to grow.  At least most to at least.  Professional growth can take on many different forms but for most employees it is a must have.  Growth tends to be at the heart of any employee retention strategy. Professional growth is the most important...

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The Garbage Dump

A colleague of mine just went through her performance review. She has had 5 years of stellar reviews with “excellent” in virtually all categories she was rated in. This year she was rated as a solid performer in some categories, “acceptable” in...

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The best thing about Praise…It’s FREE

When I was teaching a management class last week at Upper Iowa University my class was talking about praise. It then dawned on me the best thing about praise is that PRAISE IS FREE. It does not cost you a dime, motivates people...

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Fear…A Retention Nightmare

In the past several weeks, managers I work with have told me that people in their organizations are still fearful despite the fact they have seen an improvement in business in the last year. So what is driving this fear? Fear results primarily from...

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Negativity…Deal With It

Unfortunately, society keeps telling people that management is all screwed up and doesn’t care. Your people are bombarded with movies like “Office Space,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and comic strips like “Dilbert” that depict management in a negative light. As a manager it is a...

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No Negativity

As I speak to more and more groups about retention, I hear about the issue of negativity in organizations. This is particularly the case as we remain in a “less than robust” economy. Negativity is becoming more and more of an issue as...

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Press On

During a break at class last week, one of my adult students mentioned that he was talking with his dad about the topics we discuss in our Principles of Management class.  He said his dad got SO angry and frustrated when he started to talk...

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