Tell Me When I’ve Done a Good Job

Everyone wants to do a good job; furthermore, everyone wants to be told they are doing a good job. Everybody’s different, and people need different types of encouragement and acknowledgment. For some people, a kind word will go a long way and motivate them to keep performing well. For others, salary is an indicator of a job well done. However, even with a salary that acknowledges their good work, if they aren’t getting those verbal kudos from the manager, team leader, or CEO, they can feel disengaged, simply from not having their work appreciated. Now, this does not mean you
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Episode 198 – Do you have rockstars or rocks on your team?

What makes someone Rockstar? What are the qualities of a Rockstar employee?  Rockstars are A players: the people who have the intangibles, those things that you can’t train. They have the passion, energy, drive, initiative, intent, desire to be better and make the company better. It’s what they walk in the door with. To put it simply, they have the “It” factor.   Listen in as Dawn talk about rockstars in the workplace and the first steps you can take to create your rockstar qualities list. Other podcast episodes mentioned:  Are you an A, B, or C player?, Co-Create, How do
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Do you really know what’s going on?

When we talk with CEOs, presidents, and leaders of organizations, they frequently have one thing in common…. they don’t really know what’s going on deeply in their organizations. They may think they do, or they may suspect they do not. The reality is that it’s impossible to be completely plugged in. Your job as a leader of a company or non-profit is to create the vision, design the strategy to get there, and be the outward face of the organization, among other things. If you have your eyes on the landscape and that 50,000-foot view, you cannot also know what’s
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Painting a Clear Picture of What Success Looks Like for Your Company

Dedicated employees want to know how their work fits into the big picture, how their contributions make a difference, and what they need to do to make leadership happy. Employees are hungry for feedback; they want to know where they are doing a good job and where they need to improve. Moreover, they want to know how they are benefiting the company. However, a problem can arise when managers do not accurately represent the CEO’s vision for the company, or if the message gets lost in translation or gets watered down. When this happens, employees lack a clear understanding of
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Episode 195 – Right person, wrong seat

Our focus at The Shuler Group is helping organizations achieve and sustain forward motion through people, processes, and performance. As for the people part, it’s all about ensuring that an organization has the right people for the right seat. You’ve probably heard me define it before; the right people are those whose goals, purpose, and values align with the organizations. The right seat is when someone is operating in his/her zone of genius.  Ideally, we work towards having the right people in the right seats. We generally recommend organizations focus on getting the right person first. Because if a person
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Episode 189 – Do the work, show the work, teach the work

I firmly believe that everyone in a company innately wants to be of value and wants to see their efforts impact its forward movement. This is especially true in smaller and mid-sized businesses. No matter what level they’re in the organization, each person must be able to wear multiple hats and know their primary role inside and out. For an organization to succeed, each person should be able to do the work, show the work and teach the work. When these things are in place, it will be easier for someone to work within his or her respective Zone of
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Episode 187 – Making working remotely work well – Interview with John Vuong, owner, and founder of Local SEO Search

While one might wonder why the owner of an SEO company would show up on a podcast devoted to people, processes, and performance, the answer is clear within seconds of listening to this episode. John’s company has been fully remote for eight years, and so we talked about the following: Implementing social interaction as part of the work environment (“For some, work IS the social circle.”) The importance of finding your “why purpose” and being happy along the way Tips on being self-disciplined as a remote worker John’s top 3 best practices for managing remote employees Intentionally creating an organization’s
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Episode 184 – People Processes Performance

The workforce is one of the greatest resources that an organization can have. So much depends on a company’s employees and staff for it to move forward and uphold its core values. Then there are two other equally important areas: Process and Performance. Strong Processes ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear, and efficient systems are in place. For Performance: are your people working in their Zone of Genius? If their strengths complement their position perfectly, Performance will undoubtedly be high, and output is significantly greater.  These three areas – People, Process, and Performance – are essential to the success
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Episode 177 – Methods of giving feedback

Much of the work we do in our businesses revolves around communication, particularly when we talk about employee engagement.  Feedback is one of the most effective means to ensure that you have actively engaged employees.  So how do we make sure we’re giving effective and meaningful feedback? Before answering that, what exactly is feedback? Feedback is communicating clearly about a person’s progress, strength, and areas of improvement. With that definition, your feedback should acknowledge their strengths and areas of improvement. Great feedback should be a balanced combination of positive reinforcements and areas that needs work. If the balance is off,
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Your people desperately need training to develop crucial skills

I’ve talked before about the crucial need for skills, not technical skills or coding skills or even trade labor skills. Those can all be taught and learned through courses and programs. The training I’m talking about is what we traditionally label “soft skills.” Jeff Wiener, CEO of LinkedIn, continuously talks about the need for those soft skills, and how they’re critical in our ever-changing landscape. These skills include oral communication, written communication, team building, leadership, and time management. 92% of employers say that skill shortages is negatively affecting productivity, employee satisfaction, and turnover. In addition, less than 40% of Millennials
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