Great Boss, Or Bad Boss?

Great Boss, Or Bad Boss?

What’s your management style? Would you say you adhere to a tough love method? Do you believe in the idea proffered by Ilana Yurkiewicz that many bosses think, “harshness creates competence?” Then you might be a jerk. If you are a jerk, you’re probably ruining your employees. And that’s affecting your business. Bossing around your staff doesn’t work. In fact, it makes your employees angry, which in turn makes them not want to work hard and succeed. As a result, you limit the opportunities for the discovery of new, innovative ideas. Those new ideas are what help your company develop. Think about it! Why would someone you treat poorly want to grow in a negative environment? If you’ve historically been a jerk, your employees aren’t going to buy it if you suddenly flip a switch. They’ll likely look at you with suspicion, so you have some work to do. Here are a few simple tips to begin tilting the positive vibes back your way: Stop Focusing on You – Rather than making your employees feel like they should always concentrate on making you happy, try doing something nice for them. Buy lunch now and again. Offer to take your team on a coffee break. You’re not going to immediately escape suspicion, but you can set the stage for consistent positive behaviors down the road. Lead Your Team by Example – You know the stories about incompetent generals who run their soldiers out during war, only to watch them slaughtered from up high, safely away from danger. The kicker? They blame defeat on the dead and wounded, not their poor...
How To Up Employee Engagement

How To Up Employee Engagement

This post was inspired by the NFL Draft. For those who don’t follow football, the 32 teams in the league take turns picking former college players, securing their rights with the hopes they’ll improve their squads. In total more than 250 players are drafted over the course of seven rounds. While first and second round picks are highly touted and expected to make an immediate impact on their team, what ultimately makes a team’s draft a success is those later round picks. Team general managers are often graded by how well they uncover those hidden gems in rounds 3 through 7. For example, New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, winner of three Super Bowls, is a former sixth round pick. The same strategies applied in the NFL can be applied to your team. While you have people on your staff with titles like manager and leader who are crucial to your company’s success, you likely have employees with more mundane titles who are equally, if not more, important. They’re the ones who carry the influence. About half of all first round NFL picks – the ones tabbed to be leaders – are busts. But every team has those mid-round selections that go on to be stars. You need to find and nurture those team members. Here’s how: Issue Challenges – Put out a request to your staff and see who steps up. On a level playing field, you’re bound to see some of those unheralded employees make an impression. Open the Door – Or as Harvey Mackay says in Inc, “reinstate the good ol’ suggestion box.” Put out a...