Does It Look Like A Duck?

By John Trombley, Organizational Consultant The Village Business Institute In his January 4th post, Darrin Tonsfeldt raised the question about how supervisors can delegate while avoiding micromanaging their employees. Micromanagement is one of those terms that raises employee hackles and makes some supervisors become defensive. At one extreme end of the spectrum of behaviors and…
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Micro-managing

Why do some managers feel a need to involve themselves in every little detail that goes on in their department or business? The following answers to that question are from three consulting clients I have worked with over the years. Bob, a highly skilled engineer who supervises a team of four, explained his behavior this…
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Employee Retention And Development

Now that you have the right people on your team, or as the saying goes, “the right people on the bus and in the right seats,” how do you keep them on the bus and going in the right direction? I’m talking about more than just riding along until the next opportunity comes down the road.

Hiring Employees Who Do More Than “park Their Brain At The Door”

In other words, delegating only the crappy jobs and ordering employees around will not get you a highly motivated work force. If you really care about having employees who think, create and want to add value, the place to start is in how you recruit employees.

Keys To Employee Productivity

Management consultants and speakers often say the key to employee productivity is empowerment and engagement in the workplace. Unfortunately, most of us “talk the talk” of developing work cultures that emphasize empowerment and engagement, but we don’t necessarily follow through with actions that lead to that type of work culture.