The Difference Between Bad Managers and Good Managers

The Business Value of Good Managers

If you want to positively impact the bottom line in your business, there is one thing that will make a bigger difference than almost anything else: Insist that all of your managers are good managers. Read More

How to manage work you don’t understand


Is it OK to not understand the work you manage?

Many people think that as a manager you need to understand the work not only as well as your reports, but even better.

They believe that if they are going to be credible with their team, they have to prove they are the smartest one. Read More

Eliminating the Distance in Virtual Teams


Don’t Give up on Presence

Don’t give up on Presence

As I discussed in the video above, as leaders we need to always be thinking about how to engage and motivate our teams.

And the idea I want to talk about today is an important one because so many of us operate in geographically dispersed teams…

Just because you can’t be in the same room, doesn’t mean you can’t be present.

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4 Steps to a High Performing Team


High Performance

This idea of Leading a High Performing Team is one of those things that sounds good on the surface…but what does it really mean in a practical sense?

Think about this in your world. What does it mean to you? Read More

Start with Laughter: Increasing productivity


Increasing Team Productivity

A question I receive really frequently is how to have a better staff meeting.

For me one of the very best practices I want to highlign in this article is Laughter.

There are additional ideas for how to have a great staff meeting in this article: Stop Having Status Meetings: 5 Better Things To Do Instead

Being too business-like

I spent a lot of time earlier in my career being overly serious all the time. Read More

Building the team you Need vs. Managing the team you Have: WEBINAR



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Building a High Performing Team.

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If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of my professional development program can download this webinar for free. Read More

Sometimes, the key to productivity is to stop thinking about it!


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Feeling Discouraged, Stuck, Lazy?

Do you ever have one of those days when every single thing on your task list feels impossible or just too annoying… and you can’t seem to get yourself engaged on anything?

As leaders we will always have hard things to deal with that will make some days feel miserable: Impossible demands, nasty politics, aggressive competitors, arrogant bosses, low performers, schedule pressures, resource cuts, multiple stakeholders, difficult people…the list goes on and on. Read More

Creating High Employee Engagement



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Creating High Employee Engagement.

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If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of my professional development program can download this webinar for free. Read More

Make People feel like Super-heroes: MondayMOVE Idea


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The Monday MOVE Idea

Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: Make People Feel Like Super Heroes

“Patty, When I worked for you, I thought I was Superman.”

I got that message recently from a former employee. Read More

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