How To Stop a Work Culture of Harassment (Part 1 of 3)

This article was originally published on October 12, 2017, and has been updated. Odds are, you will never know there is a predator in your midst…I didn’t. One of my direct reports was a bully, and I completely missed what was going on. As a leader, it was my responsibility to create a work culture where employees felt they could come forward so harassment could be dealt with immediately. I felt awful, because the team he led was made up of some of my longest serving…

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Smug Politeness & Team Conflict – 5 Actions That Drive Results
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Smug Politeness & Team Conflict – 5 Actions That Drive Results

Canadians' have an image of politeness and don't usually like words like 'conflict. In fact, we can be pretty smug about our politeness. Along with maple syrup, hockey and wood, smugness is our #1 export. For so many people, the idea of conflict seems to imply something negative, even harsh. “Why not ‘discussion’ or ‘debate’ or ‘disagreement’?” Or even worse, 'Consensus.' Read about Consensus But I like the honesty and forthrightness of the word 'conflict.' I suppose that’s why I think it’s the right word. In…

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3 Actions To Avoid Hiring a Bad Leader

We all know that it’s important to hire good leaders, but what happens when you make a poor leadership hiring decision? Consider the effects of hiring a bad leader. 1. Firing leaders cost big bucks - The costs of executive level employees range up to three times that person’s yearly salary. Would you rather spend a couple of grand on a selection process or lose hundreds of thousands of dollars when your decision doesn’t work out? 2. Team performance tanks - Employee productivity suffers under poor…

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