4 Keys to High Performance Goal-Setting

It’s shocking how many companies end the year without reviewing progress against goals, or with merit increases completely divorced from actual goal attainment. No wonder we have employees with entitlement issues. If you want to spur high performance and reward for performance, it’s critical to set a strong foundation of clear objectives. Regardless of the
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Mar 18, 2019

Why Gyms Have Mirrors and You Should Too

It was a full class at the gym Saturday. A colleague with a barbell across her back in front of me shuffled over so I could get a clear view of myself in the mirror as we performed synchronized squats. In many training areas  – from ballet to bootcamp – there are walls of mirrors present to reflect
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Mar 04, 2019

4 Unbeatable Ways to Keep Your Remote Team Working at Peak Performance

20 years ago if you were a guest at IBM’s head office you would have seen employees working from desks in the hallways such was our rapid growth. To manage the dearth of space, IBM pushed remote work. We were all using laptops and cell phones anyway, so why come into the office? Two years later
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Feb 19, 2019

How to Break the Blahs: Strategies for Resetting Team Energy

In January I landed in Winnipeg on their coldest day: -53 Celsius (-63F) with wind chill. Good timing! Many cities in North America have experienced record lows that suck the energy right out of you…all except what’s needed to cozy up beside a fire with a latte. In the heart of winter are you finding
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Feb 04, 2019

11 Signs Your Strategy Will Fail

I recently challenged an executive to ask her team if they could paraphrase her strategy accurately. The results were abysmal, getting about one and half of the priorities correct out of five. That’s a fail. Companies rarely crash and burn over night. Instead, strategies get off track as cues are missed and the path is not
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Jan 21, 2019