What to Do When a Great Employee Departs

by Dr. Rick Goodman on August 29, 2018

Business owners and team leaders are zealous to avoid turnover, and they especially want to keep their best employees in the fold. Sooner or later, though, you’re going to have to deal with the unpleasant reality of a valued employee leaving the company, striking out for some new opportunity.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanWhat to Do When a Great Employee Departs

Recognizing High Achievers (When You Can’t Afford Pay Raises)

by Dr. Rick Goodman on August 27, 2018

All of us like to be noticed. We like our good efforts to be recognized, and our hard work acknowledged. This is a basic truth about human nature, and it’s something most leaders know intuitively: If you want to retain your best employees, one thing you should always do is show them some recognition.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanRecognizing High Achievers (When You Can’t Afford Pay Raises)

How to Manage Employee Burnout

by Dr. Rick Goodman on March 27, 2017

Employee stress is serious business, and it can lead to any number of problems. Employees who are stressed tend to be less engaged in their work. Their morale is lower, which means your employee retention can suffer. Stressed employees are also less healthy, which can mean more sick days and higher insurance costs.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanHow to Manage Employee Burnout

Are You a Micromanager?

by Dr. Rick Goodman on March 20, 2017

As part of my leadership coaching, I often ask people this question: What kind of leader do you most like to work for? This can be a helpful way to get people to understand their own style, their own needs and preferences.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanAre You a Micromanager?

How to Maintain Positivity in Your Company Culture

by Dr. Rick Goodman on March 15, 2017

You can’t force people to be happy—least of all your employees. What you can do, however, is create a workplace culture that promotes positivity.

This is a worthwhile undertaking, and for a few different reasons. The first is that a positive workplace tends to breed positive people—and when your employees have positive energy, they tend to be more productive, more energetic, and more engaged.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanHow to Maintain Positivity in Your Company Culture

How to Handle Hard Feedback

by Dr. Rick Goodman on March 6, 2017

One of the signs of a truly great leader is a willingness to seek out feedback—and to accept it graciously, even when it’s less than positive.

Obviously, none of us like being reminded of our flaws, and we can all struggle to receive difficult truths.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanHow to Handle Hard Feedback

How Great Leaders Stay Focused on Their Goals

by Dr. Rick Goodman on February 20, 2017

If you’re like most leaders, you have different goals that you’re trying to reach—some of them short-term, others long-term. Of course, it’s the long-term goals that can be the most challenging, the most draining. You have them in the back of your mind each day, yet it can feel like you’re not really making progress.… Read more...

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Dr. Rick GoodmanHow Great Leaders Stay Focused on Their Goals