Posts by Jim Gulian

How to Make Your Teammates Look Good

COW-CS-thumbnail-goldThe use of sports metaphors in business fell out of fashion in the 1980s and never made a comeback with the exception of the word "Team."  Last night I watched a Major League Baseball player stand at home plate and, turning just slightly, let a 97mph fast ball hit him in small of his back before jogging to first base.  This act is still appropriately titled, "taking one for the team." Ouch.

Read More »
Jun 18, 2014

How to Manage a New Generation the Old Fashioned Way

COW-workplace-thumbnail-blue"Micro-managing" has been a dirty word in business for the last several decades.  It is the parental equivalent of "smothering."  The backlash against hands-on, super engaged management came when the teenagers of the (Flower Power) 1970s entered the workforce.  The parenting style used with this (my) generation was one of relative freedom, and therefore it was no surprise that freedom in the workplace was what that generation of new employees desired.

Read More »
Jun 11, 2014

How to Appreciate a Know-It-All

COW-workplace-thumbnail-goldI will admit to the temptation of putting a young know-it-all in their place at work.  It is a part of our animal nature to establish a pecking order or a pack hierarchy.  It is also part of our human nature to restore a weird sense of fairness or justice by ensuring that new employees "pay their dues," like we did, even though we knew at the time that our talents were like-wise being wasted.

Read More »
Jun 4, 2014

How to Check Your Baggage

COW CS Blue ThumbServing others is a noble profession. Is that statement still true? With the popularity of British period dramas like, Downton Abbey, I find it interesting to ask people, "Which part of the stairs do you relate to, upstairs or downstairs?"  My follow-up question is usually, "Is that where you would chose to live?"  Surprisingly, opinions have been split fairly evenly.

Read More »
May 21, 2014

How to Avoid Employee Sidetracks

COW-coaching-thumbnail-goldWhen my business partner first read my script on avoiding employee sidetracks he said, "You could re-title this, "Avoiding your teenager's sidetracks."  There may be some parallels when it comes to confronting poor performance at work but let's hope your employees never find out what your teenager have mastered, how to push your buttons.

Read More »
May 14, 2014