Seven Steps To Hire Great Team Members

Employee management can be an incredible drain on time, energy and resources. Getting it right is so important. The “right” hire depends on each situation. To make a hire, or ensure someone you have is operating at full capacity, here are my “Seven Tips to Hiring Success”: Know the job Too many advisors tell me […]

Learning to Fire Well

Yes, Managers, There is an Art to it! I’ve received many calls lately from people who have been “managed out” of their positions. They have been told “your job is being eliminated” or “we no longer need your services” or “we are downsizing or rightsizing” or “we are moving in a new direction”. Whatever the […]

Streamlining Your Advisory Firm – From Fire Drill to Efficient

There is so much to do in an advisory firm –following the markets and keeping up on economic developments, responding to client inquiries or preparing for client meetings and events, hiring and developing employees, working on the marketing message, ensuring technology is up-to-date… Lots to do and, most weeks, seemingly little time to do it […]

Curing a workplace of “meeting-mania” – preempting further productivity loss

Productivity in business is crucial. High productivity results in optimal allocation and utilization of available resources, and therefore greater return on investment and profitability. Consistently high performance allows the company to be more competitive, and can ultimately lead to increases in sales and revenues. The driving force behind productivity is, of course, employees, whose efficiency […]

On the Destructive Power of Dysfunctional Teams: Part 1 – Implications for Managers

Teamwork is a word that has been thrown around quite a lot in recent years. Managers want only the best people on their teams, teamwork skills are a new must for any decent resume, employees are required to participate in team-building activities as the part of their training process, and in business schools, team-based projects […]

Show ’Em, Don’t Just Tell ’Em

In many companies – small and large – the leaders have the perspective of “Just get it done.” They will promote someone or put them in a role they aren’t fully equipped to do and then expect them to figure it out. There are libraries filled with books on developing management skills, and they sit […]