Posts for June 2014

How to Embrace the Red Tape

COW Coach Thumb BlueEven people who write the policies and procedures don't like policies and procedures.  In a perfect world we would all do as we please and get paid for it.  On this planet, however there are very few of those job positions and reality TV stars are first in line.  The rest of us live by the rules of others.

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Jun 25, 2014

Guest Article: 4 Common Misconceptions about Employee Incentives

Employee Incentives ThumbHaving good intentions is unfortunately not enough at all to make employee incentives work for your company. If you want to spend your money on a truly worthwhile cause, do make sure first that you’re not suffering from any misconceptions about employee incentives.

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Jun 23, 2014

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.

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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.

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Jun 11, 2014

5 Fool-proof Ways to Become the Boss You’ve Always Hated

Mean Boss ThumbYou’re a manager. You may not have the coveted corner office; you may not even have an office at all, but you’re on your way. You’re a leader. You have a team of employees. When you speak they listen. When you say, “jump!” they ask, “how high?” Or so the saying goes.

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Jun 9, 2014