Progressive Discipline: How does it work?

When you are in a leadership or management role, chances are you are supervising employees. Typically if you are in this type of role, part of your scope is the performance management of these employees.  In recent years, the term “performance management” has replaced “Human Resources/HR.”  SHRM states “performance management systems typically include the following three broad elements: goal setting, performance review and a performance improvement process.”  When discussing progressive discipline, this would fall under the performance improvement process category. Now, every manager hopes that they will have a team where everything runs smoothly, people meet their goals as they …

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Steps Towards Creating an Effective Board Meeting

OK, so who has been here – you are either on a board of directors for a non-profit organization, or you are the CEO and you are diving head first into your meeting.  You look down at the agenda and it is chock full of discussion items for each committee, along with each committee presenting their reports, and finally you see the words “strategic planning brainstorming.”  You wonder if this meeting is going to ever going to end… Many organizations struggle with being able to implement steps towards making their board meetings effective.  Does every committee need to run down …

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Strategies on Building a strong team

Unfortunately, there isn’t a magical potion that can instantly create a sense of teamwork within an organization. People often say “we are lacking a sense of team” or “the team doesn’t seem to be working together.” Its fairly common to find leaders within an organization constantly fostering a “team” environment/concept. Creating that strong team is not a flash in the pan; it requires constant attention. It is crucial to the overall success of the organization. And sometimes, it takes an outside, third-party to help you facilitate this. I know there have been many times where I had said something over …

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Marketing Basics: A starting Point

Whether you are starting a small business on your own, or you have assumed a leadership role within an organization – marketing is an essential part of any business; no matter what it is you do. Several years ago, I started a new position and on my second or third day, I sat down with some of the leadership team and casually asked “what is our marketing plan?” Blank stares…confused looks…cricket, cricket. I soon realized that they had operated under the mentality of “if you build it, they will come.” That may have worked in Field of Dreams, but in …

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