Why Workers Leave – And What You Can Do About It

The best leaders not only build strong teams, but understand how to keep them in place. Sometimes, proactive steps can be taken to prevent a valuable worker who is on the verge of leaving from doing so. How does one know when an employee is considering leaving? Steve Goldstein, president of Engaged Leadership Advisors, recently shared five signs that an employee is ready to quit in an Inc. magazine article. These include losing focus on long-term goals, only accomplishing the bare minimum and a lack of drive to improve. “Think of your employees as assets, not costs. You or one of your leaders hired every one of them, spent time and money trained them and have been leading them for

7 Deadly Mistakes That Leaders Make

Most leaders have good intentions and strive to be effective, but even the best form habits that can hold them back and cost them credibility, says executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal, author of the new book “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness.” Daskal offers these seven harmful leadership mistakes that leaders make: A sense of omnipotence – “Leadership is all about humility,” Daskal says. An inflated sense of self-importance can lead to trust problems and make it difficult to build relationships. Moving too fast – Yes, business moves at a more rapid pace than ever, but one that is too fast for too long compounds the risk of errors – both big and small. The best

What Motivates Your Employees and Why It Matters?

When it comes to motivation in the workplace, the question is not whether your team members are motivated, but why they are motivated, says Susan Fowler, a senior consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies and author of the new book “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does.” Fowler recently spoke with business leader and blogger Skip Prichard, who blogs at SkipPrichard.com. Here are some of Fowler’s thoughts on motivation from that conversation: Understanding Motivational Differences “The energy and impetus a person brings to any action can be qualitatively different. Some reasons people are motivated tend to promote well-being for themselves and others – and unfortunately, some reasons don’t. Motivation that comes from choosing to do something is different from

5 Essential Ingredients for Courageous Conversations

Open and honest communication is one of the most important elements to create strong relationships between employees and managers, yet recent research indicates that miscommunication pervades at least half of all business conversations. Technology is partly to blame, says Julia Felton of Business HorsePower, a British consulting company that specializes in leadership development. “Emails and texts can be taken out of context and, without any supporting body language to back up the conversation, they can fuel anxiety and in some cases, escalate beyond repair,” Felton says. Face-to-face conversations are more effective, but even they lead to miscommunication, especially when a manager is not confident enough to have difficult conversations about poor performance or other uncomfortable subjects. Having a clear framework