3 Reasons to Ditch Annual Performance Reviews

Jan 7, 2014

Annual performance reviews are a standard when it comes to employee evaluations. Once a year you meet with your manager or supervisor and receive feedback on how you’ve been performing over the last 12 months. Perhaps you fill in a self-evaluation beforehand, maybe even a few of your co-workers provide their input as well.

At the end of your evaluation, you might work with your supervisor to set some new goals or things to work on. Then 12 months later you’ll meet again.

How Much Do Workplace Distractions Cost?

Dec 17, 2013

Meetings, chatting co-workers, incessant phone calls, overflowing inboxes with emails… We are all familiar with these workplace distractions. While we all know how annoying they can be, these seemingly small issues can lead to some big costs.

According to research sponsored by Harmon.ie, a software development company, distractions cost businesses $10,375 per person, per year. Where does this cost come from?

How Much Do Workplace Distractions Cost?

Dec 17, 2013

Meetings, chatting co-workers, incessant phone calls, overflowing inboxes with emails… We are all familiar with these workplace distractions. While we all know how annoying they can be, these seemingly small issues can lead to some big costs.

According to research sponsored by Harmon.ie, a software development company, distractions cost businesses $10,375 per person, per year. Where does this cost come from?

The First Step to Crafting a Great Vision

Dec 10, 2013

Lately we find ourselves doing quite a bit of work with companies on strategic planning. The turmoil of the recession has left many organizations unbalanced and looking for a solid plan for the future. Organizations have been faced with restructuring, budget cuts, and having to explore different means of accomplishing their missions.

One of the things Gary Gzik, our CEO and head facilitator focuses on during these planning sessions is the vision leaders have for their organization over the next few years.

3 Things Really Successful Leaders Do

Dec 3, 2013

Whether you’re a CEO, director, manager or direct supervisor, one of the main tasks of your job as a leader is to give employees reasons to do great work. A leader who focuses on enabling employees to do their best will build a more successful organization. The main way a leader can do this is to provide employees with motivation.

An employee who isn’t motivated will not be engaged with their work and unwilling to go the extra mile. If you can motivate them you will see the difference.

How Do You Rate on Customer Service? 10 Eye-Opening Questions

Nov 26, 2013

I once had a professor who said the worst thing that can happen to a project is a client.

Joking aside, the hard truth is – no matter what industry you are part of or what role you play – we are all involved in customer service. Keeping clients happy and trusting us is the foundation of every organization.

This Person Is Costing You More than Just Money

Nov 19, 2013

Where we are in Ontario, this week is Bullying Awareness week. Kids around the province will learn what bullying means, how it effects people and how to stand up and stop it.

This is a great initiative and I’m happy that this issue has been getting so much attention over the last few years because we all know how damaging bullying can be.

How to Tear Down Silos in Your Organization

Nov 11, 2013

As an organization grows, there’s a natural tendency to group people with the same tasks and function together as teams. With time, these teams become departments – marketing, sales, finance, HR, IT, etc.

While it makes sense to group these people together under a leader, what tends to develop in most organizations is silos.

Leaders and the people below them pull inward and become self-serving; looking out for their own needs first.

Taking Your BI on the Road

Nov 5, 2013

Did you know you can take your data on the road and be able to dig deep anywhere you are so you can make smarter, faster decisions?

Our VP of Sales and Marketing, Loan Duong, passed me these videos which showcase how you can get the complete BI experience, including interactive analysis, beautiful visuals and associative search - all on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

If you haven't seen mobile BI lately, you'll want to check these out. Seeing is believing.

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Do you have what it takes to be a servant leader?

Nov 5, 2013

I recently read an article on Forbes.com that questioned why servant leadership wasn’t more prevalent in our organizations.

This is particularly curious with studies showing servant leaders are more highly regarded by employees, feel better about themselves at the end of the day and are more productive.

So what is it about servant leadership that holds leaders back from embracing it?

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