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Here’s What Bad Bosses Say

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 25 2017 | Comments (0)
Steer clear if someone you work for – or with – says any of the following: “I’m not the boss because I’m always right. I’m always right because I’m the boss.” “Why should I invest in your training? You’ll...

Engaging Conversations with Volunteers

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 18 2017 | Comments (0)
“Volunteers … work not for money but because they want to give back, make a difference, change the world.”  Sally Helgesen While the need to give of themselves may motivate volunteers to get involved, it doesn’t ensure their continuing commitment....

The Problem with Top-Down

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 11 2017 | Comments (0)
Going horizontal in a vertical world by David Zinger Our organizational problems stem from being so vertical in a horizontal world. Elevators of rank, privilege, and delusion traverse up and down the corporate hierarchy giving the illusion of height over width. Even...

A Manager’s Guide on How to Cope When Team Efforts are Taken For Granted

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 28 2017 | Comments (2)
I had an interesting discussion with a colleague who manages an internal service department for a medium-sized organization. She’s a supportive manager whose team takes pride in providing quality service to internal clients. However, she finds it a challenge...

Are You Guilty of Treating Your Customers Like Chopped Liver?

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 21 2017 | Comments (0)
The phrase “What am I, chopped liver?” is uttered when a person is made to feel that he or she is not special. It’s exactly how some customers feel as a result of neglect by companies. I’m seeing this scenario play out in a membership-based...

Sharing a Positive Message: Interview with Laughing at My Nightmare’s Sarah Yunusov

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 07 2017 | Comments (2)
I am one of more than half a million followers of Shane Burcaw’s Laughing At My Nightmare blog. I’m also greatly impressed with the nonprofit organization he co-founded with his cousin, Sarah Yunusov, with the mission “to spread a message of positivity...

How Will You Honor Your Employees on Recognition Day?

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 21 2017 | Comments (0)
Recognizing and affirming employee value is critical to creating and sustaining employee engagement. And while workplace recognition should be a no-brainer, Gallup research found otherwise. According to Gallup practice manager Annamarie Mann and researcher Nate...

The Engaging Customer Experience as a Differentiator

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 14 2017 | Comments (0)
[I'm pleased to feature this special guest post by Chip Bell in honor of his new book, Kaleidoscope:  Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles. Chip is a respected and renowned keynote speaker and the author of several national best-selling books. He can...

Confessions of a Recovering Nonprofit Executive

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 07 2017 | Comments (0)
One of the most challenging jobs I know of is held by people who work in nonprofits — they are as passionate about their work as they are stressed trying to accomplish much with limited resources. I explored this topic recently with a former nonprofit leader, Debrah...

What to Look for When Replacing a Manager

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 31 2017 | Comments (0)
A colleague expressed frustration about a corporate search that took nearly a year to replace a department head. It takes time to bring in the right person, and urgency takes a back seat to finding the right fit. The challenge, however, is getting through the process...