Author Archives: Barb Krantz Taylor

14 Aug

Developing employees: Don’t think classes and conferences!

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , , , , ,

When you ask your highest performing and most engaged employees what makes them STAY in a particular career or a particular company, there are three things you’ll hear… Great people Challenging work that uses my best talents Development opportunities** **From Love’em or Leave ‘em, Beverly Kaye, In a tight economy, however, guess what is one

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23 Jun

Rejuvenating a tired team

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , ,

You and your team have been through a lot lately.  You’ve survived a round of layoffs, you have all been working hard, meeting your goals, and getting along with each other.  Considering the stories you’ve been hearing from other leaders, you consider yourself lucky. But, as thankful as you are, you notice the enthusiasm for

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15 Apr

Recognizing Changes in Motivation

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , , , , ,

The pressure of tough economic times is changing today’s work environment.  My clients are telling me that their employees are taking on more responsibility and hours.  Co-workers are being laid off and there are fewer touch points with “friends at work.”  The focus is on “work-that-needs-doing” rather than work that “fits” with employee talents.  Some

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10 Mar

Measuring the Impact of Coaching

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , ,

Measuring the impact of executive coaching and the link to business results is a challenge. While the business impact of coaching may not be as easy to quantify as weekly sales results or quarterly profits they can—and should—be measured. Ideally, there would be a way to measure the direct ROI of coaching. Unfortunately, no such

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03 Feb

The One Conversation you need

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , , , , , ,

The One Conversation to raise Employee Engagement In my more flippant moments, I believe that employee engagement is actually quite simple. ASK employees what engages them then, make it happen. Back in the real world, it may not be so simple but here is an easy process for having an effective Engaging Conversation! Step One: 

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20 Jan

Getting 20% More!

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz TaylorBarb Krantz Taylor, , , , , , , ,

One of my favorite leisure activities is dog agility.  In agility, the human handler directs their dog through an obstacle course.   The best agility dogs have a tremendous combination of drive and control.  Drive is the internal desire of the dog to go as fast as possible through the course.  Drive is noticed when the

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28 Aug

Overwork in America—and in Your Workplace!

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I swear, every time I ask someone “How are you?” I hear the phrase “Busy!” Would that be your answer, too? According to a fascinating research study in 2005 (entitled Overwork in America; When the way we work becomes too much—you can see where I got my title to this blog) 1 in 3 Americans

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23 Jul

The Spider Web of Connections

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Frances Hasselbein (the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of America) once said that women leaders tend to see themselves working in the center of a web of connections with others. Think spider web, without the Black Widow image. In contrast, Ms. Hasselbein says male leaders tend to lead from the top of a pyramid,

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17 Jun

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I love this phrase. Its relevance hits me almost every day, since what I do for a living is listen to what people think. Nowhere is this more evident than when I hear about conflict in the workplace. A common example (paraphrased) sounds something like this: “I have this colleague—he is such a jerk. Everyone

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