Help employees take small steps to reach big goals

Help employees take small steps to reach big goals

One of my favorite aspects of being a manager is coaching my employees to reach some of their big goals. I like learning about what motivates an employee and what their ambitions are. As a manager, I consider it my job to my employees to remove obstacles, push them when needed, and provide them with opportunities to reach their goals.

One possible reason things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan.I have a postcard of Pot-Shots #571 by Ashleigh Brilliant hanging at my desk: “One possible reason why things aren’t going according to plan is that there never was a plan.” Working with a plan to hit goals doesn’t have to be overly cumbersome and complicated. Here is a strategy I use to drive my 1-on-1s with employees to help them identify their goals and take small steps regularly to reach them. Read more

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 3

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 3

Cartoon personal trainerThis is the final part in a series of 3 posts. Here are Part 1 and Part 2.

Often, lessons we learn in one area of our life have relevance in other areas as well. This has proven to be the case for me with some lessons I’ve learned in the gym from my personal trainer. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I wrote about the first five workplace lessons I’ve learned from my personal trainer:

  1. Be productive, not just busy.
  2. Learn to tell when something doesn’t feel right.
  3. Work smart: push yourself but respect a healthy balance.
  4. Don’t rest on your laurels.
  5. You have to push yourself to grow. Sometimes you need somebody to push you.

Here are the two remaining workplace lessons in this series that I’ve learned from my personal trainer at the gym. Read more