Alert! What Your Employees Need from You to Be Engaged!

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Employee engagement is a great way to attract and keep great employees. It’s every hiring boss’s #1 concern today…or, should be.

If you don’t believe employee engagement is important, stop for a moment. Use the Cost of Hiring Calculator to get a conservative dollar value of what turnover is costing your company! Remember, you are already experiencing how hard it is to replace good employees! In the meantime, you’re losing profits, customers, and top talent while you are looking for the ideal candidate or attempting to manage someone that doesn’t fit the job.

6 Tips to Engage Employees and Create a Happier and Healthier Workplace

1. Begin Onboarding Immediately. Starting employee engagement on the day candidates apply for the job produces happier and healthier employees and reduces surprises later.

 Questions to ask yourself:

  • -Am I responding quickly and in an effective manner?
  • -Am I prepared for each conversation?
  • -What were the promises made (e.g., when to expect the job offer, key points and salary discussed during the interview)?

Remember, candidates today have short attention spans, but, long memories of how they were treated.

2. Engage in Conversations. Instead of checking the box for each interview question, engage the candidates in all conversations.

 Questions to include:

  • -What are they really looking for in this job?
  • -What is their purpose in life? In work?
  • -What are their goals in the next 3 to 5 years? (Don’t shy away from this question for older talent.)
  • -What specific skills do they need to learn or improve on?
  • -How can we provide a work/life/balance with our company?

Write down their responses and review them before each conversation. Remember, Millennials and Gen-Zers want to make a contribution that fulfills their purpose…not just pushing keys on the keyboard. Also, Baby Boomers and GenXers want to contribute…however, they will have different expectations of what the company needs to provide.

3. Use Qualified Assessments. While there are over 3,000 assessments on the market today, most are only for fun. They do not meet the Department of Labor’s Guidelines for pre-employment use. When you use scientifically validated tools with strong validation and reliability studies, you are telling candidates and employees that you value them and want to make sure they fit their job responsibilities. The right tools help you as a boss to hire, manage, coach, and train your employees effectively, while engaging them!

4. Stay in Communication. One manager said it took 9 months before he met his boss. During that time he felt he was doing a great job…until his manager told him he wasn’t, during their first meeting! It was a disempowering conversation that could have been avoided! The manager left 3 months later. Lesson? Bosses need to be available on Day #1. Schedule daily meetings for the first week, and less often as time progresses and they are on the right track!

5. Create 180-Day Success Plans. What will the successful candidates achieve? Be realistic. Include in the Plan how to build relationships, understand systems and policies, and be a contributing member of the team. Don’t forget to provide resources (e.g., training workshops, videos, or podcasts) and a mentor. During this time, provide positive daily reinforcement. This is very important and often overlooked. Remember, it’s a stressful time to learn a new job, meet new co-workers, and understand company expectations (both, written and unwritten).

6. Offer Brags! Studies have shown that bosses who provide daily acknowledgments to their employees don’t need formal recognition plans…and their employees stay much longer! Be sure these kudos are specific to each employee’s contribution to make them more meaningful.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 27 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel. Want to improve your employee engagement practices?  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.


New Podcast! How to Energize and Have Productive Meetings

We’ve all grown to hate meetings and feel they are a big huge waste of time. How can we turn this around and achieve the intended results?

My guest this week is Dr. Ronald Beach, author of The Virtual Divide. (Anchor.FM/Jeannette-Seibly) (YouTube)

How to Reduce Stress in a Timely Manner


It’s that time of the year when handling holiday expectations, family demands, and personal needs create stress. In addition, when business projects, profitability, and people need your attention, stress increases even more.

While stress is normal and part of being alive, holding onto how situations and people “should” behave and talk will increase your stress to an unhealthy level, especially during this time of the year.

The key is to be aware of your stress before it becomes unmanageable. Otherwise, your stress will limit your effectiveness and results as a boss, leader, and team player…and, your personal life will suffer too.

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

  1. Breathe. Yes, breathe in for a count of 6, pause, then, exhale for a count of 12. Do this at least 3 times.
  2. Get the facts. Instead of worrying and becoming stressed, get the facts. Many times we allow a small problem or perceived failure to mentally and emotionally fester into a much larger issue. Stop it! Clarify the real problem you are experiencing. Or, identify the perceived failure causing your stress. Remember, small problems can be easily fixed! Talk out the facts with one or two trusted advisors and your executive coach. What did you learn? How can you reduce your stress when the same or similar situation happens in the future?
  3. Have the tough conversations you’ve been avoiding. Many times you will allow someone’s choice of words, hand gestures, or facial expressions to mean too much! The truth is, you are not a mind reader! Don’t gossip about what someone has said or done to cause you stress. Instead, ask the person for clarification in the moment. This builds relationships if handled in a non-defensive manner.
  4. Keep a private journal. Many people keep a journal about what isn’t working, past failures, and upsets. Instead, use journaling as a way to create a more positive future. Write down “brags” about what has been working. Include “I am grateful for …” Write about your future and goals. Write down anything that helps you remember why your dreams and desires inspire you. Remember to include the results you want to have at work (e.g., become a better boss).
  5. Focus on something different. If you are experiencing stress with a project, task, or relationship, focus on something else. Walk away. Then, after 20 minutes, you will probably have a different perspective and a new solution.
  6. Be present with people. Many times stress occurs when we don’t feel heard and valued. Learn to be fully present (mindful) in every conversation. Be open to other’s POVs and ideas! I promise, you will learn something new and life will seem less stressful.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 27 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel. Want to reduce your stress? Enjoy your business and job again? Find a more challenging career? Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.


Why Is It Important to OWN Your Mistakes?


The answer is simple. If you don’t own your mistakes and hope no one notices, you will sabotage your career now and in the future.

A new fast-track manager wanted to make a positive impression with his team. So, when he made a major mistake on a financial projection for a new product, he didn’t say anything to anyone. Since no one said anything that day or in the days that followed, he believed the mistake must not have been that bad. He breathed a sigh of relief at the end of his workweek on his drive home.

However, his teammates did notice, attempted to fix the problem, and told his boss. Then, the product failed. What’s worse, the boss waited six months before bringing up the mistake and focused on it during the manager’s performance review. The boss reviewed the mistake, impact, and costs. But, by then, it was too late to fix the mistake and trust had been already broken. The new fast-track manager’s career was sidelined because he didn’t own his mistake.

The 5 Critical Ways to Handle and Own Your Mistakes

  1. Take responsibility and acknowledge your mistake as soon as possible. Don’t make the mistake worse by minimizing the error or diminishing the impact on others.
  2. Apologize directly and immediately to the people affected, including the boss. Talk straight and don’t pretend it shouldn’t matter to anyone. Your purpose in sharing your mistake is to protect the boss, company, and co-workers from the known and unknown costs.
  3. Factually share what happened and create a practical solution for win-win outcomes. Again, talk straight. Be responsible for taking additional training, pay closer attention to details, or improve your interactions with others. Hiring an executive coach is also a good way to learn how to own and handle your mistakes in the future.
  4. Ask if the solution works for everyone before and after the mistake has been fixed. You made the mistake so don’t make it worse by thinking you know what needs to be done to fix it so others are satisfied. Ask for their input and incorporate their recommendations as needed.
  5. Where appropriate, share your mistake for training purposes with team members. This is perhaps one of the most critical to own and handle mistakes. Be authentic. We all make mistakes. It’s how you handle them that inspires others and helps them avoid making the same mistakes.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 27 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel. Do you need to improve how you communicate with your team and produce unprecedented results?  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.


Want Better Results? Speak Positively About Your Teams

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Many executives and bosses want their teams to improve.

Yet, many of us sound like a critical parent when we talk about and to our teams.

You cannot build a strong team that produces amazing results by focusing on weaknesses!

When you speak positively about your teams, you encourage better results.

When you encourage your teams to stand up and brag, they will exceed your expectations.

If You Want to Improve Your Team’s Results, Change Your Approach

Speak positively about others.  Set aside your biases to help your team members excel and improve! Focus on one or two specific things a person did well and let them know (too many will sound insincere). For example, I had a difficult employee who was prickly to work with. Yet, she could find a penny when reconciling invoices and billings. When I acknowledged her and others, she became easier to work with. I did need to remind her from time-to-time, that while accuracy was important, she needed to be careful to not overdo it.

Use a laser-approach for how-to-do-it coaching. Take time to outline your expectations and specific requirements when assigning projects to the right person. But, don’t micromanage them.  For example, I had a team member who wanted to excel but feared her co-workers would make fun of her for wanting to become a manager. I gave her a project and outlined the basics. She excelled at putting together the project and addressing the details. After I complimented her on a great job, together we addressed specific details for her to address further. She overcame her fears of what others thought and today she is working in a management position.

Acknowledge and support frustrations and upsets, instead of criticizing your team. Breakdowns are inevitable, but, team members don’t need rescuing or fixing. (Stay away from engaging in no-win emotional drama, finger-pointing, and gossip.) Treat them as successful adults.  Listen to their initial concerns and frustrations and focus on the facts, not the emotions. Ask…what is factually working? Then, what is factually not working? Acknowledge the person’s efforts before asking how they would resolve the issue. Then, fine-tune.

Did you know job fit is the #1 reason people naturally excel?  But, only if you get out of the way! According to Harvard Business Review, job fit is the #1 reason teams and individuals excel. Using the right scientifically validated tools for selection and promotion ensures fit with job responsibilities. This encourages people to improve team and communication efforts. Use the coaching report (from the assessment) to become “laser-like” and get out of the way for your team’s success.

Offer spot-on training. Everyone started their jobs not knowing how to do them. Instead of labeling team members as smart or not-so-smart, offer on-the-spot training. Remember, team members need and want to improve. But, your team members do not all learn in the same way. Some are auditory learners…provide podcasts. Some are more visual learners…provide videos. Some enjoy human interactions or hands-on experiences…provide workshops and training programs. However, the best way to develop soft skills is to mix it up when conducting face-to-face training, live webinars, and coaching.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 27 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel. Want to improve how you engage your teams for results?  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.


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It’s Time to Get Unstuck for Successful Results

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-Are you unable to get started on a project?

-Has your project skidded to a halt and you don’t know why?

-Have you limited your career choices or has your boss derailed your career options?

-Do you wish you had different co-workers or bosses or clients?

-Have you ever over-thought an idea?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are using too much brainpower and spending too much time overthinking “why” you and/or your team are stuck. This cyclical thinking hurts progress and will continue to keep you stuck. And, if you wait too long to talk with the right coach, team members, resources, your options will vanish.

Deidre*, a corporate executive, was fired from her job. For the next 7 years, she felt stuck. Because of her past successes, she relied on past beliefs on how to make money. She bought a company…it failed. She worked in several low paying jobs where she became bored. The right opportunities to use her leadership experience and skill sets seemed elusive. She became more dispirited after listening to motivational techniques. She finally agreed to take a PXTS assessment and listen to her executive coach. The result … She started taking focused actions! She got unstuck! And, this all happened on the same day! She chose a new position from several high-level opportunities she was offered and is still there today.

*Note: In this story, Deidre represents many people I’ve talked with over the years that got stuck after leaving successful corporate jobs.

3 Great Ways to Get Unstuck and Move Forward Now

Talk it out. Share your “stuck-ness” with only a few trusted people and your executive coach. Otherwise, too many opinions will actually keep you stuck and hinder any progress. Stick with the facts of the situation. And, stay away from telling your story about “why” you feel the way you do. That will impede real progress. Instead, listen to the feedback you received from your trusted advisors and select one option. Remember, the right focused actions make all the difference. They are a magnet for attracting new opportunities … just like Deidre experienced in the story above.

Walk it out. Keep physically and mentally fit. Doing so will also keep your emotions more objective. While you’re stuck, stay committed to the end result and take the right focused action steps. Be aware of playing the blame game (e.g., economy, money, boss, customers, etc.). That will prevent you from becoming unstuck! Remember, it takes responsibility, resiliency, and flexibility to move forward.

Write it out. When projects or relationships become murky and confusing, stop! Breathe. Take the time to write out the following exercise to get unstuck and achieve the results you really want.

This exercise is simple…it’s only two questions: What worked? What did not work? To get the most out of this exercise, use numeric results. Example of what worked: increased sales by 10%. Example of what didn’t work: missed Q3 goal by 15%. Then, acknowledge yourself in the mirror for what you’ve accomplished. Now, you are ready to create a new game plan by addressing how to handle “missed results.”

©Jeannette Seibly, 2011-2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For more than 26 years, she has guided bosses and teams to get unstuck quickly. Need help moving forward?  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.

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Can Personal Values Get in the Way of Success?

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I’ve talked with many bosses and business leaders who have lamented that their talented performers are not promotable. What they say is that their personal values are not in sync with the professional values and expectations they have for successful future leaders. 

These bosses and business leaders don’t know what to do. They believe successful future leaders should already exhibit solid professional values. The problem is, these bosses and business leaders fail to take responsibility for providing training and development via coaching, workshops, mentoring, etc.

Professional values inside a company are often unwritten, yet, you are expected to abide by them as you move higher in a profession, company, and industry. Also, many executives and boards send confusing messages. They overlook poor values as long as the results are being produced or there is the “right” excuse. This makes it harder to learn the level of professional values expected.

Accept the challenge…read the following story and look for what you would do differently?

DeeDee, a fast-rising sales manager, also enjoyed vaping and smoking other substances. She would disappear several times during the day for a smoke or two. She believed this calmed her and improved her ability to handle customer needs.

Her boss, Tom, had heard of DeeDee’s smoking habit. He turned a blind eye, even though her personal values violated the company’s “no smoking policy.”   DeeDee surpassed quarterly sales quotas and made him look good as a sales director. He allowed her to do her job as she wanted and only got involved to resolve complaints.

This façade lasted until DeeDee landed a major client…a much bigger client than she normally managed. Then, everything changed.

The major client expected DeeDee to honor her promises and fulfill the contract. But, DeeDee’s personal values of doing what she felt was right for her overrode the professional values expected by her company and her new client.

Her personal values didn’t include responding to client’s calls whenever they needed to talk with her. She excused missing deadlines as no big deal. She ignored calls if she felt the issue was mundane and sent short emails or texts hoping they would stop bothering her. These bad habits only frustrated the client since their questions were not completely answered. These missed deadlines impacted the client’s company and their customers!

It wasn’t until the client threatened to cancel their contract that her boss Tom finally paid attention.

After talking with his VP, Tom assigned Tony, a customer service manager, to act as an intermediary between DeeDee and the client. But, Tony resented having to do DeeDee’s job. She wasn’t qualified to efficiently and effectively handle this size of a customer. Also, he knew DeeDee’s sales commissions were not going to be shared with him!

Tony’s complaints landed on deaf ears. After all, one of the company’s professional values is everyone needs to be a team player when working with major clients.

To make matters worse, DeeDee signed an apartment lease that stated, “No smoking or vaping of anything.” She ignored it and blamed her neighbors for reporting her. One of the neighbors was on the new client’s team. When he shared the situation with his team, his company immediately canceled their very large contract.

Why? They cited DeeDee’s poor performance and blamed the company’s inability to enforce their leadership values (e.g., poor hiring, management, etc.).

What would you have done to ensure a better outcome? Take this challenge to your next company meeting and look at it from each person’s POV (Tom, DeeDee, Tony, Sales VP, and major client) to create the best game plan.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 26 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel. Want to clarify your professional values and be promotable?  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Be Careful Hiring Boomerangs

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Many employers are scratching their heads wondering how they will staff their open positions with qualified candidates.

One of the fastest-growing hiring practices is bringing back talent that got away (aka boomerangs). This can be a good way of attracting and hiring qualified employees. Stats show that 72% of boomerangs would return if the opportunity arose ( and 23% regret having left (!

But…they need to be asked and told how returning can build their careers.

5 Ways to Determine if Hiring Boomerangs Are in Your Best Interest?

  1. Memories are not reliable. The biggest challenge is ensuring memories are real! Review performance reviews and exit interviews. Talk with former coworkers. Discuss with the boomerang why they left and are willing to come back. Drill down to ensure clarity by having more than one straight conversation about current workplace culture and expectations. If you consider the time and cost of a hiring mistake, it may be easier to train a new person rather than hire a boomerang who cannot adapt.
  2. Job fit is key. Understanding the boomerang’s current skills is important. Use scientifically validated assessments to clarify job fit and core values (e.g., honesty and integrity). Skill testing can determine technical abilities and other skillsets. Deep dive during interviews to ensure the boomerang can and will do the new work responsibilities required today.
  3. What can you offer for the future? Boomerangs have expanded their work experiences and mindsets, and along the way, learned new skills and gained new abilities. They will be more interested in returning if there is a clear pathway to earning more responsibility and a bigger paycheck. Succession planning and career pathing are two ways to ensure you have hired and will retain a happy boomerang.
  4. Onboarding is important. Companies change and so do workplace practices, both written and unwritten. Although onboarding for boomerangs is often faster with less training, it’s critical boomerangs are provided a clear 180-day success plan designed to develop new relationships and work within current systems, policies, and procedures. Remember, successful reintegration never relies on “the way things used to be.”
  5. Recruiting starts with a phone call. Talk with the boomerang to determine if there is a true interest in returning. Share opportunities and job requirements (e.g., work schedule, job responsibilities, strategic focus, etc.). Let them know about the company’s hiring system and follow it. Resolve any concerns before offering the boomerang the job. If you engage in a paycheck war, neither party wins.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For more than 26 years, she has guided bosses and teams to select the right people for the right jobs. Need help with your strategic hiring system?  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.

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3 Bad Habits You Need to Break to Be Successful


What were once good ideas, attitudes or behaviors can become bad habits over time.

Good habits turning into bad ones are insidious processes. They creep up on you until bam, you say or do something that offends others. Bad habits impede your effectiveness and success. They negatively impact your relationships with others. Plus, you’ll fail to produce results and build the teamwork required for businesses to grow.

Sadly, it’s not a matter of if bad habits will derail your career…it’s a matter of when these ticking time bombs will derail your career unless you become aware and stop them now.

Break These 3 Bad Habits to Improve Career Success

1. Poor Listening Skills. This #1 bad habit is the cause of many skilled professionals facing career derailment.

A sales professional normally checked his emails during meetings and insisted he could still listen while multitasking. He didn’t understand that human brains are wired for a single activity. Even though many bought into his excuses, he missed sales cues and opportunities to close. When a potential client refused to buy into his excuses, the sales rep not only lost a big sale, he was fired. He even failed to listen to his boss telling him, “You gotta learn to listen!”

Listen as though your career depends on it…because it does!

2. Lack of Awareness. One executive constantly found fault with how others did their work. He thought he could do it better and faster. The truth was, he didn’t have the skills to do their jobs and lacked awareness his comments were offensive.

When someone fails to achieve the intended results, it’s time to be aware of how you impact others in getting their jobs done.

During conversations stay present:

  • -Stating the intended results in an easy and simple manner.
  • -Listen to all concerns.
  • -Work through any push-backs effectively (think, ethical considerations, workability, impact on others, etc.).
  • -Align on the work to be done, including a reasonable completion date.

Awareness determines your results and successes.

3. Know-It-All Attitude. A new boss was a micromanager, a common trait of inexperienced managers. She wanted everything done exactly as she thought it should be done to avoid looking bad. She blamed her employees (and others) for inevitable mistakes. She thought she knew everything.

After she learned how to control her anxieties about making mistakes, looking bad, and not being respected, she shifted her focus off herself.  She learned to be open to others’ ideas and successfully incorporate them into projects. The results were fewer mistakes being made and team members felt valued.

Building true confidence and ability to hear others is an inside job.

Remember, bad habits will come out in unexpected ways and get in the way of our success. Work with an executive coach to unravel the murky situations and complex relationships before attempting to resolve these challenges on your own.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2012-2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 26 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel in breaking bad habits. Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.

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Listening to Coaching Advice Can Make You a Winner


Most winners in business have coaches to guide them in managing projects, resolving complex situations, and addressing their leadership savvy.

Many wanna-be winners fail to hire a coach and struggle to succeed.

  • -They believe the company should pay for it.
  • -They are uncoachable and hate being told what to do.
  • -They believe DIY is the only way to win.

The bottom line? The right coaching advice will help you become a winner faster and easier.

4 Ways to Become a Winner

Expand Your POV

Expand your POV of who, what, when, where, and why before addressing how to achieve your goals and become a winner.

Julie’s goal was to become the next VP until her company brought in Diane, the new CEO. Diane brought in her own team and Julie now reported to Trevor. Trevor wanted Julie gone because he believed her POV was, “that’s not the way things should be done.”

Julie viewed herself as a victim. When she met with an executive coach, she was stuck with a feeling of being resigned to “this situation is the way it is.”

At first, she resented the coach taking her out of her comfort zone.

The coach knew from experience that Julie was missing a golden opportunity. The coach also knew executives need to be resourceful, resilient, flexible, and not shy away from opportunities.

That’s why the coach encouraged Julie to win by expanding her POV.

“Julie, meet with former bosses and others within the company to learn about upcoming challenges. Discuss potential solutions. Uncover job opportunities in the company. Often, new management teams move on in a year or two. If you’re still working in the company, you have the best opportunity to get the VP job at that time.”

Luckily, Julie got the million-dollar coaching advice she didn’t think she wanted or needed.

Be Coachable

Remember, the right coach has you do what you don’t want to do so you can achieve the results you’ve always wanted and be a winner.

Many struggle in their careers, personal, financial, health, and other pursuits. They often fail to ask for help because they don’t want to look bad or feel humiliated.

Winners are coachable and know they need to ask for help and take the recommended actions to win!

Listen for the Gold

When you listen for the gold, you will hear new ways of how to achieve your goals…usually outside your POV.

When we rely on our own limited beliefs and don’t listen to coaching advice it’s because:

  • -We love our own ideas and don’t want to expand
  • -We play favorites on our team
  • -We use lack of money as an excuse
  • -We lack interest in working through the details

A coach will teach you how to brainstorm, listen for the gold, and become a winner.

Hire the Right Coach

There are many different types of coaches … hiring the right one will make all the difference.

David hired a life coach to help him launch a new business. Three months later, after spending $20K for coaching, he still did not have a viable business. The coach told him it would cost another $20K to continue.

Sadly, this type of scenario happens too often. The most common reason is the coach doesn’t have the right expertise.

Winners know hiring the right coach with the right expertise requires conducting proper due diligence. Don’t make David’s mistake.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 26 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel and create winning outcomes!  Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.

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How to Prevent Good Ideas from Becoming Bad Ones

Good Ideas.Bad.SuccessAll ideas are not created equal.

  • -When a boss has a bad idea, most employees are afraid to say so. They will follow along and wait for the project to fail rather than offer suggestions.
  • -When a team member has a great idea, others may be hesitant. It can be due to company politics or the controversy change can cause. Instead of offering manageable insights, they stay silent.
  • -Other times, when good ideas go awry, it’s because the generator of the idea is emotionally attached. They typically have a narrow POV and refuse to listen and incorporate others’ ideas that are necessary for success.

Remember, ideas are only as good as the team and their project manager.

So, Why Are Good Ideas Sidelined?

  1. Company politics
  2. Team is risk-averse
  3. Poor facilitator and team member skills
  4. Team members fear rocking the boat
  5. Conflict created by difficult team members
  6. Lack of focused-action steps and attention to details
  7. True brainstorming is ignored
  8. Team members are not aligned
  9. Failure to manage the outcomes
  10. Poor understanding of the purpose or goal

How to Improve Generating Good and Achievable Ideas

Good Idea, But, Bad Communication

Devin had project management success. It’s why he was hired to lead a team in designing and executing a new project for a new association. But, his new board missed a key factor when hiring him…Devin was a DIYer. He had poor facilitation skills and ignored others’ comments. When the new project failed to launch due to lack of interest and funding, the board brought on new team members. Finally, one of the members exclaimed, “I don’t get it. What is the purpose and goal of this idea?” She took it upon herself to clarify the purpose and goal, along with the team. With effective communication and everyone on the same page, the project succeeded.   

Communication is everything. When you fail to share your ideas in a way that can be readily understood, you lose support and money. Hire the right coach to guide you and the team in designing a message that clarifies your idea and resonates with your products and services.

Bad Idea, But, Everyone Went Silent

This happens often. When a boss (or anyone idea) has a bad idea, most team members are afraid to stand up and speak up. As a result, a lot of time, money, and attention is spent on something that won’t work. Sometimes these types of ideas only need tweaks, other times, they need to be scrapped.

As the boss or idea generator, use one or two independent sounding boards to bounce off ideas. Allow them to ask questions, dig deeper than the team may feel comfortable doing themselves. The key is to listen and learn. Many good ideas derail due to circular logic about why something “should work” but won’t.

Great Idea, But, Before It’s Time

I remember years ago wanting to put together an executive HR group. The person I shared my idea with nixed it. A year later I shared it with a different person. She ran with the idea. The executive HR group is still flourishing today.

Sharing ideas can be two-fold. You may share with someone fearful of stretching beyond their comfort zone or someone who fears any political repercussions. Regardless of why, they are afraid of being part of a new idea that has not been successful elsewhere.

Make sure to develop your ideas on paper to get them out of your head. Be clear about “why the idea is important” and create a story to support it. Then share with others. This is a great opportunity to learn about any challenges or other solutions. Remember, this is not the time to debate. Instead, listen and learn. Be open to expanding your POV which is required for success.

Remember, all ideas are not created equal. Some are good and some are simply bad ideas. Yet, there is a multitude of good ideas that should be pursued. But, to be successful, need a committed team, great communication, and expanded POV for what is possible.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2019

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning champion for people and results. For the past 26 years, she has guided bosses and teams to excel in implementing great ideas. Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results.

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