One of the biggest mistakes I have seen companies make (including myself, as it takes one to know one) is to over-promote your top performers. In smaller organizations that have trouble hiring and developing people, this is a constant challenge. For example, one of the worst things you can do to a great independent salesperson is move them to a
It seems weird to write a blog post regarding work/life balance while being on a back-to-back overseas business trip. Actually, it could not be a better time. Working in a “stretch” environment may make you feel as though you are burning the candle at both ends. In these situations, it is easy to feel like you are overwhelmed with work.
Otto von Bismarck once said, “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” While it is up to you to decide who’s mistakes you learn from, I can give you some guidance on how best to learn from anyone’s mistakes. The key to learning from mistakes comes down to three main
Growing up I always liked being self-sufficient and having my own money. In order to make the most of my time, I usually took on some risky manual labor jobs – work that my friends never wanted. Although I did not necessarily prefer this type of work, as the jobs were physically demanding, they paid very well. The jobs I
We are continuously adding new employees to our company. While they can go through as many polished onboardings and initial training programs as possible, there ultimately comes a point where the new employees have to jump into the deep end of our domain products and learn. Overall, their focus should be on getting better every day. What is “better” though?
1. You Learn If You Like It One of the worst outcomes of a promotion is when a great performer realizes they have made a mistake and do not like their new job. This often happens with technical employees who love to solve problems and get their hands dirty in complicated situations. When promoted to a manager role, these individuals
While high school may have taught you differently, a geek really is an athlete. I mean it. While the traditional form of athletics has an outwardly physical nature to it, “Geek Athletes,” are using a part of their body that consumes the most energy: their brain. By doing deep work, you are actually rendering a high level of physical performance.
Once you leave school, your learning has only just begun. This time, though, you don’t have assigned books- you need to find your own. I might have one for you. While I read quite a bit of fiction, I also enjoy business books, particularly those that focus on individual and team performances. As a leader in a thought industry, I
In Vertical Markets, Relationships Last a Long Time In many of the markets in which Aquila operates, the key to success is the long-term relationships between us and our clients. The reality is that there is no relationship between our company and the client- it is between our staff and the client’s staff. That is where the rubber hits the