Archive for the ‘Employee Engagement’ Category

Leader or Manager – which one are you?

Boss vs Leader

Lead don’t Boss your company

What sets apart  managers from leaders? Is there a difference between them?  We have looked at this subject before on the Ember Carriers blog.  And we are visiting the topic again because I get this question a lot with my clients or in discussions with company CEO’s.

I have found over the past few years …

5 Key Traits of Great Leaders

Leadership Traits

Leadership Traits

In the book, Lessons From the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, made the following observation:

“I think it’s very difficult to lead today when people are not really truly participating in the decision. You won’t be able to attract and retain great people if they don’t feel like …

Fostering Diversity

Diversity

Working effectively with all.

Diversity has a serious and direct impact on business results. Successful organizations are able to tap into the brainpower of talented and diverse workforces in order to serve a diversity of customers. Innovative thinking and problem solving is more likely to come from teams comprised of people with different cultural and demographic backgrounds, i.e. people with …

Doing Brainstorming, Right!

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is both art and science

Working with other consultants on the $100K Business Makeover means we do a lot brainstorming.  And despite with many think there is right way of doing it.  

The key to effective brainstorming: Not stepping on other people’s ideas.

And there is one caveat: You are not the smartest person in the room.

Here are …

Feedback is Useless: FEEDFORWARD for Productivity

When I dig into the most frequent failure of managers – the failure to give timely, effective feedback – I find both fear and frustration. Fear that giving feedback will make people angry or shut them down, that they will disengage with their manager. Frustration that conversations often turn to excuses rather than solutions.  I’ve heard it at every level, …

Navigating Your Future – Using a GPS

Long before people even imagined gizmos for their cars called GPS devices…there were navigators.

Octant or Hadley's Quadrant - Royal Ontario Museum

Octant or Hadley’s Quadrant  (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

The role of the navigator was to help a ship’s captain determine where he wanted to be and compare it to where the ship actually was. Only then did it make sense to chart a course to align those …