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

Leadership is about … Building Skills that Communicate

Leadership is in short supply. Leadership takes vision + management skills + the ability to inspire. Too many managers simply blame those under them, not realizing they themselves have caused or cultivated the problems they have. Sometimes they even imagine them! Too many times all of us just try to get by, without allowing ourselves to be inspired. Sometimes we know that we are falling short, but can not, by ourselves pinpoint or correct our problems.  That is where coaching comes in. A consultant can analyze the whole social system of your business and help you implement change. A coach can offer information to you and be an accountability partner.  Get where you want to go — by hiring help — both up, down, and laterally. Leadership is not something one does alone.   –Sharon

April 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Coaching for Directors Coaching their staff

Do the people you work with know what you expect of them? Do they know what to expect of you? Pause, please, and really consider those two questions. If I walked into your workplace and asked your team these questions, would I get immediate answers? Would I get consistent answers? Would I get answers you […]

via Leadership Transparency: How a Coach Can Help — Blanchard LeaderChat

Great topic. Moving goalposts is a frustrating experience for an employee. A team running in different directions is a frustrating experience for the boss. We can motivate and communicate and get the team all running to the same goal. Let’s chat. Sharon 512-249-7629

April 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Measure Coaching to Ensure Success

Getting to a great outcome for coaching can be tricky. Clients—the recipients of coaching—can always tell you if they enjoyed the process. They can even tell you if they found coaching to be helpful. But it’s often more difficult to determine the actual value in business terms or in life outcomes. What happens on the […]

via Measuring Coaching from Four Perspectives — Blanchard LeaderChat

Like most things, what gets measured, gets done. But who gets to decide? On what basis is success measured? Is it pleasure? Changed behavior? Profit? These are important questions. The author points out that often they are never asked. When that is the case, no one really knows what was and was not successful.

April 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Time to Prepare for Job Performance Reviews – Help Here

As Andy Williams crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about March Madness! I’m a big fan of college basketball and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is like Christmas in March. There are always underdogs upsetting the established favorites and feel-good stories of players overcoming […]

via This Coach Tells You What All Great Leaders Know — Blanchard LeaderChat

Most of the managers and directors I talk to hate performance reviews with a passion. However, they are the number one tool to make your staff into the team you want them to be. I have recorded training for directors loaded right now. Get training there. Or call me and we can have a consult. Clock hours for Directors in Texas. Con ed credit for some other professionals. Call now: 512-249-7629.

March 30, 2017 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Coaching Makes Training Stick

Do you remember a time when you left a training session full of valuable knowledge that you were just itching to apply? Unfortunately, when you got back to your workplace, there was a pile of catch-up work that immediately became your top priority. And time out of the office had caused your inbox to explode. […]

via 3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned — Blanchard LeaderChat

Call me to discuss your training and coaching needs: Sharon Sarles 512-249-7629

March 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Sarles quoted re: children doing chores

LOL, I do not know why children doing chores has become the latest controversy. However, thanks to Rasmussen colleges, Brianna Flavin, I was quoted about some basic Montessorian concepts, specifically, care for the environment.

March 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

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