Archive for August, 2017

3 Ways to Help Your Employees Reach Their Potential

Whether you are cultivating succession a plan or you just want to see your employees reach their full potential, it is important for you to understand that as a leader, the true measure of your success is how well you can grow others. Each person is unique and people are typically motivated by different tactics, but here are three surefire ways to help your employees reach their full potential:

1. Identify and praise them for their strengths.
Words are very powerful. Just telling someone they look nice can change the trajectory of their entire day. Imagine how powerful it would be for your employees to hear praises from you? says, “All leaders have tremendous power simply by being in a position of authority, and can use their words to influence how others view themselves. The act of expressing belief in your employees and focusing on setting high, but achievable standards for them has real repercussions.”

2. Create programs and opportunities for them to excel.
Do you have a continuing education program in place? How often do you provide opportunities for outside training sessions or reimburse for industry memberships? Incorporating small programs like this not only promote employee growth, but they increase productivity and creativity as well. Talk to your employees about their career goals and research similar corporate programs to cultivate a system that works best for your employees and company budget.

3. Reshape what it means to fail and emphasize the importance of effort.
Failure in any area of life is inevitable. Employees will make mistakes at some point and it is important to reshape how you respond to their failures. One way is to be transparent about past failures in your own career to humanize yourself. The next step would be to encourage employees to always do their best and even if they do fail, to look for the lesson. When employees understand that the company will avoid being overly critical, they are open to trying things that could be beneficial to their careers and the company’s growth.


5 Things You Should Not Talk About at Work

1. You’re looking for a new job.
This seems obvious but most of us have a few trusted work friends and we tend to share everything with them. You may not follow this rule completely but just remember, if someone lets the cat out of the bag, your boss may catch wind and you may be pushed out of the door sooner than you think (or want).

2. You have a part-time job, start-up business or side hustle.
If you are moonlighting as a waiter to save money or you’re finally starting your dream clothing line, it may require you to stretch yourself and work differently. Maybe you need to use your lunch break to shop for fabric or do some planning for your business. There is nothing wrong with using your personal time to do what you want to do; however, if you ever happen to come in late or make a mistake, it would be easy for a co-worker to use your “outside projects” as the reason (even if they are wrong). All it takes is for someone to know your attention is elsewhere and they will look for a reason to use it against you. Jealousy and envy of others can be a detriment to your current job and future aspirations.

P.S. Be sure to only use your personal time and personal property to conduct business. Understand that once you decide to add another job to your plate, you must work extra hard and be even more on point at work.

3. How much money you make.
Again- another obvious one, but it rings true forever. People can usually guess your ballpark salary range but the confirmation of one’s salary can stir up jealousy within the workplace. It can also make people reconsider how they work with you. If you make more money than your peers, they may try to dump more of the workload on you to make you “earn it”.

4. Your political and religious views.
It never turns out well. Ever. It can create divisiveness and judgement. Just don’t do it.

5. Your germs.
No one wants to catch your germs. You’re probably not as efficient when you’re sick and you risk infecting others which directly affects their productivity as well. If you must work, work from home. Just keep the germs to yourself.