Every once in a while I meet a kindred spirit in the consulting world, Someone who inspires me, and who speaks to the things I’m passionate about. Josh Patrick is one of those people. As a business coach and consultant he has a strait forward style that is intriguing and engaging. Josh is a great writer, who has a wonderful ability to make direct point, while making you laugh at the same time. I asked him if he’d be willing to write a post for my blog and he graciously accepted.
Managing others is one of the biggest challenges I see leaders face. In Josh’s article, he shares some great advice on how to shift how you interact with staff and ultimately, alter your experience. Hope you enjoy.
There have been thousands of pages written about how to motivate your people. They range from doing contests to just saying thank-you. Although these are great things to read about my true belief is that you don’t really ever motivate anyone. Motivation comes from inside: we motivate ourselves. (more…)
A couple of months ago, I asked a contractor I’d known for quite a while to do some plumbing at my house. I told him about the issues we were having and gave him a list of things we’d like to have improved. We agreed to work on a time-and-materials basis. We’d buy the stuff – he’d put it in. Since we knew each other, we didn’t make any formal contract. Instead, we made a verbal agreement, and gave him the go-ahead to get started.
What started out in a good direction quickly went south. (more…)
In our last two posts, we found Joe, the owner, and Fred, a manager, at odds over Joe’s need to implement processes and Fred’s unwillingness to support that decision. We discovered that while Joe made the right decision to install processes and systems to increase efficiency, he went about it in the wrong way.
The solution to effective change is communication!
If you have been following the March blogs, you have discovered why avoiding conflict is a no-win decision. Joe and Fred found a way of discussing their differences and reaching an agreement that was comfortable and acceptable for both.