The Sharpening Stone – Choose to be Resilient

If nothing else, the pandemic of this past year has increased our awareness of the importance of resilience – for individuals, for families and communities, and for business organizations. We are well aware that, in the face of stress and change, some leaders and organizations thrive while others falter and even [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Choose to be Resilient2021-08-24T00:53:50+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Bring Your Child to Work

When we work with family-owned businesses, a common question we hear from parents is, “How important is it, really, for our sons and daughters to work for someone else? Won’t that just delay their readiness for key roles in our own company?” In our view, it’s pretty important.  We generally recommend [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Bring Your Child to Work2021-07-01T02:06:06+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Let’s Talk About Trust

Let’s talk about TRUSTLeaders set the tone and the example in determining the level of safety and trust that exists in an organization.If trust is absent or uncertain, we are forced to spend our time and energy protecting ourselves from each other, and that weakens the organization and its productivity. When trust [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Let’s Talk About Trust2021-05-18T00:59:42+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Accountability is NOT a Four-letter Word

If, like most of us, you have ever resolved to engage some process of self-improvement, you have probably confronted the sobering fact that saying something, even really wanting it, is not the same as doing it. Any effort to engage such a process readily reveals several realities: We all aspire to be better, [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Accountability is NOT a Four-letter Word2020-10-14T02:13:17+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Leading in the Face of COVID-19

Today we have a special audio edition of Sharpening Stone in light of the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 coronavirus situation.  I’m Rob Skacel, business psychologist with True Edge Performance Solutions. Wow, it seems everything’s changed over the past few days – schools and colleges shutting down, professional sports suspending their seasons, travel restrictions, event [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Leading in the Face of COVID-192020-10-14T02:14:21+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Igniting Motivation

A common question we get from our clients is, “How can I motivate my employees?” When we’re talking about motivation, we’re not merely concerned with getting people to do what you want them to do. You can produce that kind of movement or behavior change by applying various extrinsic incentives … perks, bonuses, [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Igniting Motivation2020-10-14T02:04:49+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – The Good, The Bad, and the Boss

Most of us have experienced performance reviews delivered to us by our bosses.  If that was done reasonably well, we walked away with constructive feedback that helped us grow professionally, or at least perform our jobs a little better. In fact, without performance feedback, it’s pretty hard to improve. In the book, Primal [...]

The Sharpening Stone – The Good, The Bad, and the Boss2020-10-14T02:06:11+00:00

The Sharpening Stone – Silo Busting

If you work in an organization large enough to have identifiable departments or functional units, you know what can happen when tensions arise between groups. Maybe your sales reps think that your operations people don’t do enough to keep customers happy.  On the flip side, the operations folks are frustrated with sales for [...]

The Sharpening Stone – Silo Busting2020-10-14T02:07:59+00:00
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