Are Your Employees Engaged?

According to Gallup, 70% of your employees are NOT engaged! What??? Not only that, did you know that also according to Gallup, only 1 in 10 of your managers/leaders have a natural talent to lead? I don’t know about you but those stats blew me away!

What does employee engagement mean? Well, it means how much your employees are committed to your organization. How much do they emotionally want the company to do well.

Engaged employees are eager to go above and beyond while disengaged employees go through the motions. Here’s the thing though….engaged employees create positive results to the bottom line whereas disengaged employees have just the opposite effect. Seems logical right? However, how many times have you taken an employee survey only to find out that nothing was done with your feedback??

Inherent in every company are 4-5 employee engagement levers that leaders can pull to increase top and bottom line results and they are different for every company. Surveys can measure hundreds of behaviors, however, knowing the ones that are most weighed for your company is a mystery.

The investment versus return is staggering. Contact me for more information:

Starting Your Own Business

So much of my work finds me in conversation with people who want to start their own business but don’t know what the logistics are with respect to that. At the very basic level, in order to start a small business you need to consider the following:

  1. How do I want to organize my business? Will it be a corporation, an LLC, or a sole proprietorship?

  2. Registration with the state

  3. What type of insurance might I need?

  4. Will I hire employees? If so, will they be W-2 or 1099?

  5. What is the market like for my type of business? Have I done market research?

  6. Do I need any type of special license?

  7. What will my initial investment need to be?

  8. Do I have a business plan in place?

  9. How do I apply for a small business loan if I need it?

  10. How do I market my business both digitally and otherwise?

These are just a few items to consider. If you’d like personal help, please reach out!

Leaders Set The Mood

As the leader of a group, employees, team, etc. your tone, mood, and external persona decides how members of those groups work together. Think about it, as a leader, your opinion and reaction are given more credibility than anyone else’s in the room. That’s a fact whether you like that statement or not. People literally look at you more, look for your reaction, look at your body language as a gauge. This is why paying attention to how you are feeling and displaying those feelings outwardly is so critically important.

A leader decides how the people he/she leads work together simply by example. So, being self aware is a huge part of leadership. Things you “say” may have less of an impact than the “way” you say them or the “tone” in which you say them. But it takes guts to become self aware. It doesn’t come naturally for most of us. However, doing the heavy lifting of becoming self aware and managing exactly how you react in times of crisis or celebration pays off in spades in the long run by more engaged employees and highly effective teams and this leads to… guessed it…..BETTER BUSINESS RESULTS.

There are different avenues you can use to start your journey of self awareness:

— Reading

— Participating in workshops

— Podcasts

— Speak with a coach

Making Teams Rock!

The company is creating a “special task committee” to tackle the growing number of customer complaints around a new product that was just launched. They are looking for representatives from each department to round out the committee that will meet once a week.

After you decide that hiding under your desk is probably not the most professional thing to do, before you can raise your hand, you are chosen to represent your department.

Will it be the same old thing? One person dominates the committee while the entire group goes round and round every week discussing painful details about how to solve the issue.

Well-functioning teams can be very valuable while ill-functioning teams can simply weigh down the issue and be a big huge time-suck.

There are so many tools, methods, pathways to creating a great team where the phrase “two heads are better than one” can benefit your company exponentially.

Southeast Executive Coaching offers half day and full day workshops for teams and departments. Don’t wait.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

As a career coach, I get this question a lot.  Should I stay in my current position or look for another?  The scary answer is, you may not know until you get there!  This stepping into the unknown is the biggest fear that cause people to stay “comfortably” in their current job.

Don’t get me wrong, we all have to pay the bills.  I understand.  But have you asked yourself if there is a way to pay the bills AND move toward something closer to your true passion? 

Let’s get honest here.  Sometimes taking a step back in order to move forward seems almost impossible.  I admit, it takes some imagination and creativity but it can be done.  The next best thing doesn’t come without sacrifice.  But imagine yourself doing what you love to do every day….not what you “have” to do.  There is the payoff.

I hear “I have to stay where I am because of the money.”  Is that really true?  Write it down….then ask yourself, is it really true?  Am I more scared than anything else?  You may be surprised.


Authenticity or Bust!

Put your game face on!!!  Right?

Not always.

One of the most important attributes that employees look for in a good leader is authenticity.  Notice I didn’t say emotional….I said authentic. 

Being authentic is being true to who you are and what your values are.  This allows people to feel secure, to develop a level of trust with you, and makes you approachable and real.

If something makes you angry in the workplace, this is a human feeling.  Express it appropriately.  If something makes you ecstatic, express it appropriately.  People will find you human, not emotional.  A leader that always has their “game face” on may be perceived as untouchable or unreachable making it difficult for other people to relate to.

Everyone’s “authentic” looks different.  Need help finding yours?  Reach out.

Not Hearing....Listening

Sometimes I hear someone but I don’t listen to them.  Have you ever caught yourself doing that?  You hear what the other person is saying but your mind is somewhere else?

In the coaching world, we call this “level 1” listening.  In other words, you are listening with yourself (your own feelings) in mind.  You are thinking about something similar that may have happened to you.  You are thinking about the next thing you want to say instead of truly listening to your partner in conversation.

As human beings, one of our most basic emotional needs is to feel like we have been heard….like someone is really listening to us.  And believe it or not, it is not very common that we are truly listened to.

Truly listening to someone….a coworker, a partner, a spouse, etc. can create powerful, long lasting, trusting relationships.  It is more powerful than any words you can say.

So how do you “truly listen” to someone?  Call me, I’ll tell you.

Emotions At The Office

We are all human.  Humans are emotionally intelligent beings.  Hence, it is impossible to separate or ignore our emotions in our work environments.  And for the most part, we shouldn’t.  But there are times when our emotions drive us to react in unproductive ways when it comes to our careers.

I have always been told that I am a “passionate” person…or that I “wear my emotions on my sleeve”.  I always interpreted those as being negative labels.  However, as I grew into my career, I realized that these were the things that made me authentic, approachable, and a good leader. 

The key to being emotionally authentic without creating an overload is to understand your triggers and employ some tools to channel your emotions properly.  Self-awareness is a gift you can give yourself if you are willing to do a bit of work.  I have lots of options.  Let’s chat.

360 Survey Results...Now What?

You have asked your leaders to issue 360 surveys and they have received the results.  That’s great!  But now what do they do with them?  How do they improve on their opportunities and enhance their strengths? 

I have always been frustrated with this conundrum.  I would get feedback with no tools to act on it. 

A professional coach can come into your company and make those 360 surveys worth their weight in gold for a comparably limited investment.  She can bring tools, methodologies, and questions that will allow your leaders to actually USE the feedback they receive.

I work with individuals and teams.  Let me positively impact your organization!

Team Coaching….What Is To Be Gained?

One of the most popular ways to engage a professional coach is individually….one-on-one advisement to “up your game”.  But companies greatly benefit from engaging a coach to work with its departments as teams.  Some of the advantages are as follows:


1.        Open up blocked lines of communication.  I am always amazed at the positive results achieved by simply allowing the “back and forth” communication to flow freely.

2.       Business results.  Teams that communicate and ask better questions inevitably gain improved tactical business results (i.e., increase revenue, decrease expenses, improve profit margin, etc.)

3.       Uncovering undiscovered talent.  You have potential leaders within your organization that deserve the investment of a coach to develop them.  The company knowledge that they possess paired with increased leadership skills is a successful combination.

4.       Deepening relationships among employees within departments and with their leader creates motivation and a feeling of value.

5.       A department that exudes new skills creates contagion within the company.  In other words, once one department changes its approach, others react differently.

I work with individuals and teams.  Let me positively impact your organization!