Truthful, Specific and Positive Feedback

Rene' Boer People

In my last post I helped you understand the importance of giving your direct reports both genuine praise and helpful criticism. Today, I want to elaborate on how to give genuine praise. I recently attended the 2nd Annual Conference for Companies Running on EOS, held in Minneapolis.  It was my privilege to speak on the topic of being a great …

The Best Defense is Good Offense

Clark Neuhoff People

Employee Retention is No Accident Since I began working the with private business owners 16 years ago, one of the biggest challenges that always comes up is finding good people.  This hasn’t changed yet and is not likely to anytime soon.  Last month unemployment dropped to 3.9%, lowest since 10% back in October of 2009.  This plus a steadier economy, …

The Power of Positive Recognition

Rene' Boer People

  Napoleon once said that a soldier will fight long and hard for a strip of yellow ribbon.  Although compensation is important, don’t underestimate the power of positive recognition. So, when you see something, it’s important that you say something.  Often, as bosses, we’re so focused on issues and obstacles and solving problems that we don’t slow down long enough …

3 Ways to Develop Your People

Rene' Boer People

During quarterly conversations when you get to “next steps”, have a meaningful conversation around developing the right people who are in the right seats, which I believe is the number one people issue.  This was pointed out recently in an EOS session when a member of the leadership team said that he was spending most of his valuable time as …

Having Quarterly Conversations – Part 2

Rene' Boer People

  Accountability starts by keeping expectations clear. This is a two-way street, where your direct reports are crystal clear on your expectations of them, and just as importantly, you’re clear on their expectations of you. George Bernard Shaw said that the problem with communication is the illusion that it’s actually occurred. In a quarterly conversation, at a higher level, we …

Having Quarterly Conversations

Rene' Boer People

When I start working with clients, they invariably tell me that their performance review process is either broken or it’s just not very effective. This is after they’ve spent an inordinate amount of time focused on getting the forms right, editing them, chasing people down to make sure that they’ve completed the forms and that they turned them in. In …

Three Tips to Improve Your Communication

Rene' Boer People

To communicate effectively, we must avoid making assumptions of others based upon what they tell us or the non-verbal signals that they send us.  Remember, this is a two-way street.  Sometimes, they’re making assumptions of us based upon the exact same things. So, avoid making assumptions. When we make assumptions, we invite a breakdown in communication. That’s how rumors get …

Thanks Dad!

Rene' Boer People

With Father’s Day approaching this weekend I’m reminded of my dad who passed away almost 20 years ago. I miss him.  My dad was an eternal optimist. He walked on the sunny side of the street. My folks emigrated here from The Netherlands in 1956 with $256 in their pockets and my younger brother and me in tow. They came …

Letting Go of the Vine, Part 2

Rene' Boer People

We often complain that we don’t have enough TIME to get everything done. The fact is we all have the same amount of time. What’s different is how we choose to use our time. Applying the Delegate and Elevate tool will help you make more effective use of your time but, the people who report to you must be doing …

Why Millennials Will Love EOS® – Part 1

Clark Neuhoff People, Vision

The impact these 76 million people born between 1980 – 2002 will have on the workforce is well documented.  Stereotypes aside, their numbers, creativity, passion and knack for technology make them a critical asset to any organization.  However, they simply think differently than us Baby-Boomer owners and many Gen-X leaders and managers. When you look at the articles, there are …