Finding Margin in Business and in Life

Don’t Ignore Your Team!

A number of years ago I found myself leading a group of individuals, who had been abandoned, mismanaged and ignored for several years.  The only communication they received was when they made a mistake.  It was usually swift and brutal, so those who remained had grown a thick, protective shell to block out the pain […]

Is It Time To End It…Or Fix It?

As leaders of organizations, we are challenged to make decisions every day.  Many of these decisions carry with them significant consequences; none more so, perhaps, than those relating to employee performance.    Decisions involving unsatisfactory employee performance are particularly difficult and painful to process. Often, we fall into two traps when faced with an employee performance […]

Five Steps for Effective Employee Onboarding

Every day thousands of people start new jobs.  It is an anxious, exciting time.  We dream of the possibilities with our new employer and hope to make a positive impact in our new role.  Unfortunately for most, this  eager anticipation is trampled by the realities of an unprepared work environment, where little or no effort […]

New Employee Checklist

In my last two posts, we discussed the four questions to ask yourself before hiring an employee and the four mistakes to avoid in hiring your first employee.  In this post, we complete our discussion on hiring a new employee with a checklist of the decisions and actions required prior to your new hire’s very […]

Four Mistakes To Avoid In Hiring Your First Employee

For a new business owner, hiring that first employee is a significant milestone that all too often ends up feeling like a millstone…tied around your neck.  Why?  Hiring someone is time-consuming; and time is the one thing you don’t have. The temptation then is to shortcut the hiring process in order to put someone in […]

Four Questions To Ask Yourself Before Hiring An Employee

“I meet myself coming and going, I just don’t know if I can keep up with the demand! It seems like I can’t get it all done any more! There’s more work here than I can ever hope to accomplish! If I only had some help around here!” Sound familiar? For almost every small business […]

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