Monthly Archives: March 2013

What will you miss most when your best employee leaves?

Many things I suspect. This is a question that has been on my mind for some time.

Especially when I am helping people with their job searches.

The answer though I believe is not obvious.

I found this out because it happened to me so I pass it on.

I asked that question to a couple of CEO’s that I had worked for. I asked them what will you miss most about me when I am gone?

And they said this.

“You always had the courage to ask the simple questions that we had forgotten to ask ourselves about our business and became afraid to ask because they sounded stupid or silly or awkward to ask in senior level conversations.”

“It was those questions thought that reminded us of whether we really were staying on course or holding on to what we were in business for.”

I remind myself of this often because I suspect there are many great employees out there who are scared to ask the simple question for fear of being ridiculed and laughed at.

It is a truism to say that there never was a stupid question….









Character always trumps qualifications and experience

When you have character that cares it inspires others

When you have character that gives to others it has no need for ego

When you have character that always gives its best it gives everything

When you have character you build culture

When you have character you develop people

When you have character you can change the world


Leaders build and develop character for they know the path

Great Judgment is the soul of an organization

Many organizations’ are heavily laden with policies and procedures of herculean proportions.

Ever thought why?

There was never an organization created that needed so much paper!

There was never a great organization that runs on the need for so many policies.

Organizations need to run on great judgment, honesty and integrity.

You have these three characters in the same room and you have built the character of a GREAT organization.


Why we show employees we don’t care about them

I recently discussed at a local HR chapter meeting what the meaning of employee engagement meant.

The were as many different answers as there were people in the room!

Do we in the HR world make up words that turn business people off?  I suspect we do.

Gallup estimates in their latest stats that we in the USA have begun to see some of the lowest employee engagement figures in perhaps of all time! (My interpretation)

And we wonder why!  It is pretty obvious and it is not all about the economics of the country.

Forget all those stats for a minute and think about how many employees actually has a regular performance review!

Stop laughing please!

The most simple of leadership actions is to listen to our followers, really listen. yet how many mangers of people actually do that?

A performance review is a business meeting with the people who make your organization and YOU a success.

We overcomplicate what is a very simple process. There are only three questions that need to be asked at any review.

  1. What you agreed to do.
  2. What you actually achieved
  3. What you now need to do.

And yet we have complied performance reviews of significant book proportions and expect managers to use them and for HR departments to support the outcomes. Much of the time none of these things happen.

In my blog the 7 sins of Performance reviews and the 7 virtues’ of performance reviews I outlined some key thoughts.

Lets face it if we don’t show employees that we even care to sit down with them to discuss THEM then all else is just “bunting.”

And we wonder why people are not motivated to give of their best when their leaders don’t care about them.  We know that they know we care about the business though! Go Figure!! The 7 virtues of Performance Reviews. The 7 Sins of Performance Reviews


Creating Your Legacy – Thoughts of a Rotarian

rotaryserviceMy wife Doreen just received an award and it was time for me to speak to her about what thoughts she had.


How often are you asked what legacy would you like to leave?


I think about this often, but not in that way.

“I want to be known for someone who did something worthwhile, I do it because it is within me.“

“The thing about a legacy is it just doesn’t happen it grows over the years. It is about the way you live, how hard you work, and your dedication.”

“I believe a legacy is based on TIME, STRENGTH, PASSION and MISSION and doing what you do because that is where you HEART is.”


So now that I have asked you the question about Legacy what are your thoughts?


“ As I said earlier I think a legacy comes from what you do from your heart, something you are devoted to, and have passion for and want to make a difference in.

“It could be leaving your fortune, or reading a book to a child every week, both will make a huge difference in someone’s life.

If you want to be known as funny, make someone laugh every day, if you want to be known as giving, give every day.”

“Find your passion and share it.  We all have the ability to leave a legacy behind!”

What will be yours? 


Thanks Doreen, Congratulations on receiving the 2013 Rotary Outstanding Contribution Award!!

Thank you for doing what you do.

Doreen works with a number of non-profits and is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

P.S. Thanks for being who you are I love you.


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