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Hold Your Employees Accountable without Damaging Company Culture

Written by Mike Kotsis on July 13, 2017

Many business leaders have worked hard to build their company's culture, only to realize that they've created a culture without accountability. There's a healthy work/life balance and employees enjoy being together, but productivity isn't as strong as it should be and no one seems to be on the same page.

Many leaders are afraid of being "the heavy" and ruining company culture by suddenly holding employees accountable for their work. How can you create accountability throughout your organization without damaging morale?

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Two Words That Will Kill Your Company

Written by Mike Paton on July 6, 2017

If you want to guarantee that you and your leadership team will never achieve your vision, get comfortable using the following phrase over and over:

“Kind of.”

Trust me, nothing will kill your company (and maybe you) faster.

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How to Balance Employee Autonomy and Accountability

Written by Mike Kotsis on June 5, 2017

Disengaged employees cost companies as much as $550 billion every year in lost productivity. As a result, frustrated companies are looking for better ways to increase employee accountability. But increased accountability on its own creates a culture of micromanagement that leads to unhappy workers. This, in turn, has a negative impact on employee productivity.

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How to Complete 100% of Your Team's Weekly To Dos Every Time

Written by Mike Kotsis on March 13, 2017

Are you frustrated that everything isn't getting done from one meeting to the next? You’re not alone! Many of my client leadership teams have expressed similar frustrations over the last year. Frustrations were cropping up in two main areas that had a low completion percentage:

  • Rocks – the priorities that people committed to over the last 90 days
  • To Dos – 7-day action items that come out of weekly meetings

Teams were only seeing completion rates of 40-50% of their To Dos, but they drastically increased their weekly completion percentage to 90%+ consistently.

Want to see your team's completion rate skyrocket like that? Here are 7 steps to getting all of your team's To Dos done every week.

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What's Wrong with the Company Data You're Using?

Written by Preston True on January 30, 2017

Data is key to getting things done. But data is just an indicator, not an objective. It’s our use of data that truly drives results.

“Expert” may be a level of status for which we strive, but many “experts” have a gift for complicating things. Take a recent client conversation, for example.

One team member positioned himself as an expert in data. He created a list of the top 37 data points he felt the company needed to measure. When asked for the weekly goal of each metric, the data expert shared two reasons weekly goals were very difficult to define:

  • Much of the data was very difficult to access
  • The weekly goal would likely change based on several factors

This client has struggled for months to understand what the health of their business was each week.

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