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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Continual Training…Continual Growth

Who should be responsible for the training and growth of an employee? Ultimately… the responsibility lies with the employee. But, it also lies with several others as well. The immediate supervisor and the organization itself also have an obligation to provide opportunities...

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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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You’re Just A Clerk

When I was recently teaching a night class at Upper Iowa University, a student of mine mentioned that her boss told her that she didn’t want to hear my student’s idea to improve a procedure in the department because she was “just a clerk.!” I was amazed....

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Pure Accountability

One of the reasons I have always loved high school and college wrestling as a sport is that a competitor lives and dies on his or her own merits…yes…females are becoming more prevalent in High School wrestling. One of the aspects of...

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The Focus Factor

The Focus Factor When my youngest son was a high school wrestler, he won his first two matches of the State Tournament to advance to the semi-finals of the Wisconsin State wrestling tournament the next day. Prior to his heading to the tournament we...

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Treat Your People Like a Corvette

While helping a buddy work on his ’65 Corvette it dawned on me that we “love” that car and can’t wait to fire it up every spring. What do we do before we take it out on the road? We wash and wax...

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