Posts filed under ‘Developing employees’

The Power of Mentoring

I could use some help. I’m trying – without success – to create an acronym that captures the essence of mentoring. How would you use MENTOR or MENTORING as an acronym? What I have so far needs some work. M. Mission – what are we working to accomplish. Mentoring has focused outcomes. Mentors and proteges […]

via An Acronym That Explains Mentoring — Leadership Freak

Mentoring is often overlooked in the rush of day to day activities, especially in smaller businesses, but it can make for longevity of the business, easier life in the long run for the owner, and better retention of the best staff.  Larger businesses where many people call themselves managers place much more attention on training people to be leaders, managers, and mentors. In small businesses, by contrast, most managers are more interested in getting daily tasks accomplished. Often they came from the trade that the business offers, rather than seeing themselves as only managers. This is especially true in pink collar areas. Women often lack training in managerial skills. When they gain them, they often forget to mentor others.

Dan Rockwell offers great, brief reflections that help people be better managers. Whether you are a director of a preschool, a small business owner, or a pastor, you might enjoy and benefit from Dan’s insights. Please stay in touch here, with orgstrat, as I bring you a cross pollination of all things good.

BTW, I have a very few openings for trainings this fall, but only in Austin. I would like to do some more, but I am so busy preparing great things for you, this fall I can not travel.  If you are out of town, please do call for next year. Thanks, Sharon 512-NOSPAM249-7629.


September 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Looking Around at the Milestone Markers: Where Have We Come?

It is graduation time. After the celebration and the well-wishing for our graduating students, let’s take a few minutes to assess where education is. I know, we are all very interested in taking off, going for summer, sitting by a pool; but just a minute, let’s see how we as educators and administrators are doing.

Simon Sinek is making a name for himself with an analyzation of millenials. He says we need to stop the phone screen addiction. I agree. He says the corporation need to work harder to accommodate this generation, because they have the lowest self-esteem of any generation and are so very unhappy.

Of course, Sinek makes no claim to real social research, but his discussion has gone viral because he has hit upon a major concern. He blames “failed parenting” but what about failed education? What about the generation, or 2, of self-esteem bolstering boosterism? BTW, real science indicates that self-esteem is created by real achievement. Never mind that teacher training continues in the wrong direction. What about the fact that the corporation was never intended to do any more socialization than be sure that the workers was working to standards and the culture of the corporation. The agents of socialization (training a child to be a functional adult) are parents, school, — and gosh maybe the church might have a role in helping people live adequately. Might we not discuss what they should be doing and doing differently?

Or must we stay with the thinking that caused the problem and say, oh you poor thing, we must take more responsibility, boundaries, and teaching/correction away from you, so you will be happier?

What do you think?

May 25, 2017 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Is Training Really Worth It?

Remember Henry Ford? He was the business breakthrough of his day. His innovations we depend upon today. What would you life be like without the automobile?   Without the assembly line?

Here is Henry Ford on the topic of training, but a business owner’s perspective:

The only thing worse than training  employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.

Think about it.

BTW, when times are hard, small businesses usually cut training first and advertising second. No wonder the failure rate is high among small businesses. Small or large, do not let this be true about your work group.

May 6, 2017 at 6:02 am Leave a comment

What Jack Welch Can Teach Organizations

Jack Welch was the CEO of GE. Under his leadership, GE became the most valuable company in the world, measured in market capitalization. Warren Buffet, perhaps the most famous investor of all times, said that other than this book by Jack Welch, no other management book will ever be needed! That got my attention! The title is : Winning.

He says ask, “how will we win here?” He says the most important thing missing in most organizations is candor. Instead of being candid about what doesn’t work and trying to fix it, most people make nice and ensure mediocrity. He says that maybe worked in the 1960s when we had no competition. He says he has preached “candor” everywhere. The second most important thing to have in a company is differentiation. Ah, wow, is that different from what is taught in school and in some politics. Differentiation means that rewards should be based on results. The top 20 should be lavishly rewarded and resourced, the middle 70 coached, and the bottom 10 ushered out the door and presumably onto their better match. I observe that the there would need to be some candor about results. Rewarding make nice would further push top performers away.

There is a lot more in this book, but just these first 3 chapters have been very eye-opening to me. For sure, I have observed exactly what Welch has observed. I have talked about it in different terms; indeed I have been tempted to see it as a culture of lying to ensure comfort. Maybe he is just more polite? Of course Welch served in a different kind of environment: his was big corporation and I have served in government schools and churches mostly. Perhaps the problem is more pronounced here? For instance, Welch asks for more candor in job performance evaluations; I often had to ask for performance evaluations and job descriptions. Differentiation would have been more anathema there. And even what results were wanted often was not clear.

No wonder we have trouble. This is somewhere between blindingly obvious and deeply thought provoking. Stay tuned!

April 26, 2016 at 3:07 am Leave a comment

Listening as a Vital Skill for Entrepreneurs, Bosses, Coaches and everyone

LISTENING is a huge skill. Clients need to listen to their consultants. If they could listen well enough, then consultants might not be needed. Obviously consultants need to listen wholisitically to clients. Bosses and employees need to listen to each other. All of us need to listen to our bodies/our hearts/ and God. Rushing around, doing too much, is a detriment to listening — and thus getting anything right.

Source: The 10 Practices of Coaching-Leaders Pt. 2

Today, sharing a post by Dan Rockwell, a business consultant who often puts out great and short stuff. Next post, a great book on similar topic.

January 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment


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