The Cost of a Bad Leader

“In June of 2021, 74% of employees said they experience burnout on the job at least sometimes.” I read this statistic in a recent Gallup article, and I am frustrated that some leaders (apparently way too many) are still failing to give their employees what they need. The Great Resignation isn’t over. 11.5 million U.S.

Using Questions to Build Trust

My boss asked me to complete the report ASAP. So, I did. I completed it after I finished the other five things I was working on. When I emailed the report to my boss, she asked me. “Wow! What took so long??” There are two things wrong with that exchange of words.  One, I was

How Listening to Understand Builds Trust

It was a tough conversation to have with my boss.  I told her that I didn’t feel my talents were being used in the best way and that I had more to give, more to contribute to the team. I gave examples of how I could do more and grow my skills. She nodded her

Be a Leader Your Employees Trust

Closed doors. Rumors. Disappearance. Whispers in corners. Widespread panic. What was happening!?! It was 2001 and the company I worked for was laying off employees. People were given boxes for their belongings, then they were ushered out. Poof! They were gone. The worst magic act ever. This memory came to mind when I read leadership

Key Psychological Needs of Employee Motivation (2 of 3)

My Grandson is 2 ½ years old and his job, as with every 2 ½-year-old, is to learn and master skills.  Each week when I visit him, I see he has learned something new. Words with a lot of syllables in the same sentence. Catch a ball (sort of).  Read (memorize) a book. Run AND

  • Autonomy is one of three employee psychological needs

Key Psychological Needs of Employee Motivation (1 of 3)

“My wife, Mary Jean, owned a soft ice cream store, which operated from April 15 through Labor Day. Both of our children, Kate and Andy, worked there during the summer months. After they had worked there a few weeks, Mary Jean made this comment to each of them: ‘You’ll often be working by yourself. I

A Letter of Thanks

It wasn’t perfect. Well … IT WAS REALLY GOOD, but the timing wasn’t perfect. Before I posted the blog I wrote for today, I couldn’t escape the quiet feeling that I needed to hold off for just one week. Just one little week. You see, deep in my consultant’s soul, I felt the need to