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July 2006

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Performance Miner is in three sections this month:

In this issue:

1. The Impact of a Micro Manager on Retention
2. Life Biz
3. Personal Foundations

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1. The Impact of a Micro Manager on Retention

In the early 1900's most workers were not educated and The Manager or Boss was created to do most of the thinking in our corporations. In professional firms today, the workers are highly trained professionals.

It can be a big ego rush for the manager who gets to ride in on his or her white horse shouting orders to subordinates, jumping over tall buildings with a single bound, etc., etc. But what is the effect on the highly educated technical professional having to cope with a controlling micro-manager?

Unfortunately, the micro-manager saves the day and spoils the year because talented people will not be happy and do not have to stay in an environment where their talents are not respected and nurtured.

Quite simply, firms who have micro managers have only a few choices:

1. Fire the micro-manager (often unpalatable because of talent shortages)
2. Expand the personal foundations of the micro manager

The words "expand the personal foundations" are chosen carefully and are precise. Expanding is a gradual process and so is coaching a micro manager to strengthen their leadership personal foundations - those attitudes and behaviors that contribute to leadership. The process takes more than attending a seminar. A full battery of assessments that allow the manager to own his/her behavior, attitudes and values is the place to start. This is followed by intensive one on one leadership development.

Any firm can reduce employee churn and retain their valuable employees by improving the leadership of the managers who oversee their most valuable resource - their employees. The investment is trivial compared to the return of reducing churn and holding on to valuable employees.

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2. Life Biz

Are you expressing yourself powerfully in life? That is, are you part of the solution and not the problem? I was sitting with a gentleman at a networking event and his comments were one negative remark after another. He sat complaining to me when millions of dollars were walking around him going unnoticed. His problem is one of comprehension - he doesn't get what is important in his world and how he can be part of making himself and his organization successful.

Whatever it takes, train yourself to comprehend what is needed to improve your slice of life and get busy making it happen. Otherwise, you are the problem.

3. Personal Foundations

People decide their initial first impression of you in about 60 seconds. It is extremely difficult to change a first impression.

Those two pieces of information should be enough to convince you how important it is to present yourself intentionally and with excellence.

How one presents with excellence is summed up as follows:

  • Pay close attention to grooming and do your best

  • Business cards and distributed material of the best quality you can manage

  • Stand tall - as tall as you can

  • Use eye contact to connect

  • Practice tolerance - ask enough questions until you find some common ground with everyone you meet

  • Be intentional with your movements

  • Whatever you do, do it with purpose and excellence

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This month's Best Practices column features "Treat Me Like a Dog - a commentary on health care". If you would like to read Youngblood's Best Practices Column, click here. If you would like your company featured in the column, contact say@youngbloodconsulting.com.

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