ARE YOU UNDER THE “MONDAY MICROSCOPE”? Does it seem like your boss stayed up all weekend thinking up weird “Stuff” for you to do that adds absolutely no value to your job? Does itkeep you from doing what really needs to be done? If you are the boss that keeps thinking up this “stuff”, do … Read more

Performance Dashboards

Performance dashboards are very valuable to a slew of professionals far and wide.  They are basically a tool which allows companies to transform their goals and expectations into actual strategies, actions and tasks that are different for each person within the company.  This allows each person to have customized tasks which they must accomplish in … Read more

Is Supervision Part of Leadership?

Do employees really need to be supervised? Really? The answer is “sometimes” – yes. Supervision can be defined as… “Management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group”, or “To direct, manage, or oversee; to be in charge” Most employees prefer to be led. In other words, they want leaders supporting them … Read more

How Negative Feedback Brings Success

How many times have you feared being told you did something wrong? Most people dread negative feedback, but there is a silver lining to this: greater success in the future. While receiving negative feedback is never pleasant, it allows you to learn, grow and show your improvement to your employer. If you were never made … Read more

Conquering Mondays

“Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.” This quote from the 1999 movie “Office Space” has been said over and over again in everyday life. For many, Mondays are a very real ailment, but there are ways to turn this around and make Mondays just as great as the other four weekdays. The … Read more

Top 5 Ways to Motivate Employees

As leaders, we’re always looking for new ways to motivate our employees. Here are my top 5 tips: Community is key. Make it your mission to have all of your employees connected to one other, as well as the business. When the workplace is pleasant, the company will be more efficient and your employees will … Read more

Employee Satisfaction

“For every point increase in employee satisfaction on a six point scale, your company will experience a 42% increase in financial performance”— David Maister Employee satisfaction is directly affected by the performance of your mangers and the working environment they create. Here are five typical mistakes your managers make unknowingly that drive down performance: Poor … Read more

Leadership: Who’s Trainable?

The ubiquitous question: Can anybody be trained (or better phrased, learn) to become a leader? From my perspective – NO! Many yes, possibly most, but not anybody. Another way of asking the question: Who’s trainable and who’s not? The prerequisite to this entire topic is about intent; given a potential leadership candidate, do they want … Read more

Continuous Training is a Necessary Investment

Once an employee accepts a new position, the first step should be to invest in proper training, equipping the new employee with the necessary skills needed for success. But once the initial phase of training is accomplished, are employees actually finished with training? The answer is a simple “no.” It’s crucial for management to invest … Read more

Top 5 Easy Ways to Engage Employees This Week

Whether you’re in that position or already managing a team of employees, there are five qualities you should examine to make sure you’re ready to engage your work-staff to make a real and lasting impact on every aspect of your business, ensuring better communication, committed employees and organizational success. Often times, top five lists like … Read more

High Performance Leadership Seminar

WACO, Texas—August 16, 2013—Business leaders in the Minneapolis area are invited to attend “Challenging Times: Unleashing the Assets Within,” a workshop that will emphasize the principles of the High Performance Leadership program. HPL courses enable companies to develop and implement transformational leadership and succession-planning initiatives through seminars, retreats, assessments, and one-on-one executive coaching. The workshop … Read more

The Connection between Vision and High Performance

To find out more about how high performance leaders can focus on being visionaries, HPL Insider spoke with Kevin F. Leonard, founder, CEO and principal consultant of Emerald Bay Performance in Minneapolis. He is a highly acclaimed strategist and results leader in organizational performance. From executive teambuilding, strategy development and execution, to individualized coaching, performance … Read more

The Leader Who Blew It

Carlos has recently been appointed as a new supervisor of production. His feelings about his new job are mixed. He loved working on the floor and had a good relationship with his co-workers. He wasn’t sure he wanted all the responsibility and hassles of being a supervisor and how it might change his relationship with … Read more