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Smart Manufacturing – Smart Supervisors

Smart Manufacturing – Smart Supervisors

Read, watch, or both: the following is a transcript of the above video. As technology accelerates, many producers are embracing smart manufacturing. As enthusiastic as you might be about implementing the new technology, not everyone will feel the same way. Involved in the process will be people such as continuous improvement coordinators, engineering staff, or […]

How to Avoid Micromanaging

How to Avoid Micromanaging How to Avoid Micromanaging

No one likes being micromanaged but many people report being micromanaged. So how do you, as a leader, ensure your team achieves the desired results without having to supervise every little detail? Read, watch, or both: the following a transcript of the video. If you’ve ever gone on a road trip with young children, you’ve […]

Dealing with Unacceptable Employee Behaviors

Fortunately the majority of employees are motivated, pleasant and productive. Unfortunately, the small number of employees with attitude, behavior and performance problems can disproportionately and negatively impact the front line supervisor/manager. Should you accept or correct unacceptable behaviors? Dealing with difficult employee behaviors is a challenge for most supervisors and managers. Unlike a tangible performance […]

Hiding behind your keyboard?

For all the productivity improvements technology has brought us, there is a dark side and it is impacting employee engagement and management effectiveness. I’m talking about the tendency to send emails instead of going and talking to people. In extreme cases it might even be to the person in the office or cubical next door. […]

Done learning?

It’s amazing how Labor Day seems to be like New Year’s Day for business. And as the kids head back to school, it’s time to reflect on whether you and your team need to sharpen your skill sets for what lies ahead.   I’m pleased to give you a sneak peek at my latest book […]

What is your leadership legacy?

After a number of years of being a manager, supervisor or team leader it can feel as though you have ‘been there and done that.’ With fewer opportunities for promotion, how can you re-energize your enthusiasm for your leadership role?   Perhaps it is time to wake up to your higher purpose of being a […]

How Ego Blocks Engagement

Having just wrapped up two more Front Line Leadership programs, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of potential in the leaders taking the course. One of the requirements of graduation is for each participant to document how they have applied elements of the course and the impact it has on their department.   […]

Modelling the McJob: Why Managing Like McDonalds Might Be Good For Employees

Last Wednesday (May 5th) was McHappy Day at McDonalds Canadian operations. It is a big fundraiser for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. I had the priviledge of working as a volunteer that day for the fifth time.   I’m guessing they took a look at my performance reviews from 1983 when I worked at McDonalds […]

Equal Opposite Reaction

One confusing aspect of leadership is that even with the best of intentions, you might end up creating the exact opposite reaction.   I have experienced this many times as a husband-in-training. We’ll examine the most common leadership missteps you might not even realize you are committing.   Even well intentioned leaders will create exactly […]