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7 Leadership Practices That Will Reduce Employee Turnover to a Minimum.

In our previous posting, we talked about the key role you and your management team play in retaining the best and brightest of your employees.  We noted that the main reason, by far and away, that people leave their jobs is because they can’t stand working for whoever their boss is.  That “boss” could be

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Employee turnover is not a human resources issue. It’s a management/leadership issue.

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection.  It’s a time to consider what’s working and what’s not . . . what needs to stay the same, what needs to change.  If there is one thing we did last year that we could do over again, what would that one thing be? 

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“You manage things. You lead people.” ~ Peter Drucker

Hamza Kahn is an award-winning marketer, successful entrepreneur, and keynote speaker.  We watched a TED talk of his wherein he talked about Theory X vs. Theory Y.  To be honest, we weren’t familiar with either one of these theories.  But Theory X, he explained, holds that employees are lazy, can’t be trusted, and dislike work. 

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“I’ve never seen a business fail that delights its customers.”

Obviously, a marketing plan must be in alignment with the customers it hopes to attract.  But because marketing is equal parts skill and artform, achieving that alignment can be deceptively difficult.  What do our customers really want?  What are they really willing to pay for it?  How do they really want us to communicate with

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It’s lonely at the top, isn’t it?

You may be (or you are) the smartest guy in the room, but are you smarter than you plus everyone else in the room?  Collectively, your employees have more experience than you do, and because they’re immersed in the nitty-gritty details of daily operations, they know things about the business that you don’t.  They know

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“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.”

According to Wikipedia, “emotional intelligence (EI),  is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s).”  Science journalist David Colemen, who popularized the term “emotional

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Unpatriotic? Go back where you came from? Huh?

This is supposed to be a blog for small business owners and operators, right?  So normally, we steer clear of political topics, but we believe some current political events have parallels in the business world.  Be patient, stay tuned, and we’ll eventually get to the business point of this. Unless you’ve been in a coma

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“Much of what we call management today consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

Gary Hamel is a management expert and author who talks extensively about the need to update our management systems.  He points out that most of the management systems in place today were “invented” over a hundred years ago at the dawn of the industrial revolution when 90% of the population was still involved in agriculture

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“Employee Engagement may have been optional in the past, but it’s pretty much the whole game today.”

Fully 70% of American workers are not “engaged” with their company’s mission, vision, values, and purpose.  They will give their company sufficient effort to stay out of trouble and to continue collecting a paycheck, but that’s about it . . . they’re not going to give their company much, if any, discretionary effort.  Dan Pink,

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“Create a company that’s a great place to be from.” (Part II)

We are experiencing an embarrassment of riches in this country . . . sort of.  The rate of unemployment in 2018 was just 3.9%.  To find a lower rate than that, you’d have to go all the way back to 1969 when it was 3.5%.  Good for employees, but not so good for employers.  Effectively,

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