Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | March 5, 2012

The Risks Of Promoting Without Giving Raises – Article Review

I read the Wall Street Journal article The Risks Of Promoting Without Giving Raises by Paul O. Lopez. This article explained that there are many companies that want to promote their employees even though they are experiencing hard economic times.  The companies give the promotion for two reasons: they know the employees will take on the additional responsibilities to help the company and the promotion will boost employee morale.  The companies, however, are unable to provide raises with the promotion.  There is nothing illegal or inappropriate about doing this.  If a company decides to take this approach, they must consider past employees that have been promoted to similar positions and what types of raises they received.  They must take particular caution when there are promotions that could be construed as racist or discriminatory.  If you decide to promote without a raise, you must be sure to keep good documentation of all your actions.  You must also keep financial documentation proving that you are in a situation that merits not giving a raise.  When you choose not to give a raise, you should also explain to the employee why you are not giving the raise and that you will review the financial outlook and possibly give a raise in 3, 6, 9, or 12 months.

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Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | March 4, 2012

Know When To Jump Ship

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In today’s poor economic climate, many companies are doing all they can to stay afloat. Companies are looking for a leader with a vision. They want a leader to take them from a survival state to a strong and vibrant state where they flourish. The leaders that can do this are in high demand. Struggling companies are trying to attract these leaders away from their existing companies. In addition to struggling companies, some successful companies are trying to upgrade with a new leader to stay ahead of the competition.

As a leader, how do you know how long to stay with your current company when other companies are trying to get you to join them? When you are in a poor environment it is easy to leave your current company for a better one, but when you are in a good environment, the decision is a little tougher. The following factors should be considered prior to leaving your current company:

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Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | March 3, 2012

Use The Bell Curve To Your Advantage In Leadership

The bell curve is a good indicator of where to expect performance from your employees.  The bell curve is the normal curve used to show the average and standard deviation of a set of data points.  With the bell curve, 95.4% of the data falls within two standard deviations.

When it comes to employee performance, how does the bell curve apply?  Employee performance within a particular system should fall within the bell curve.  Sometimes employees will perform a little above average while other times employees will perform a little below average, but their overall performance should all fall under the curve. Read More…

Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | March 1, 2012

Be The Confident Leader

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Several years ago, I had a leader that was very successful and very smart.  He had done very well in business and was well respected.  Because of his success he was wealthy and had every right to be errogant, but he was not.  He was what I call the confident leader.  As a confident leader, he was very aware of his own strengths and weaknesses.  He also knew what was in his control and what was not.  There is a big difference between the confident leader and the arrogant leader. 

The Arrogant Leader.  The arrogant leader is the leader that told you to do something and then the minute outside criticism occurred, it was suddenly your idea and you got the blame.  Arrogant leaders don’t stand up for their people if there is even a chance it will make them look bad.  They don’t understand that their people are their biggest asset.  Read More…

Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 29, 2012

What Do You Do Every Four Years?

Since February 29th only comes around every 4 years, I decided to do a little different type of post.  I researched some things that happened on this unique day.  The following things happened on February 29th:

  • 1504 – Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
  • 1796 – Jay’s Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England
  • 1848 – Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland
  • 1880 – Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed
  • 1892 – Britian & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea
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Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 27, 2012

Get Buy-in From Your Employees

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Your employees are your biggest asset and they always will be because without them nothing happens. They greet your customers, ship your products, complete projects, and do all the other work that gets done. Because they are so valuable, you must get their buy-in when change happens in the organization. If your employees aren’t on board with the change, they will eventually leave. So how do you get them to buy-in? I have three suggestions to get them involved.

1. Ask for the employees’ point of view. Find out what your employees think about the current situation. Ask whether or not they are satisfied with status quo. Let them explain how they work within the current framework and get their feedback. As you learn their thoughts, you will gain valuable insight into how they think.

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Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 23, 2012

Why Engineers Are Good Leaders

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There are leaders that come from all backgrounds. Some have no college degree while others have doctorate degrees. At the same time, leaders come from different areas of study. Some have studied business while others have studied engineering. In addition to engineering and business, there are many other fields of study that also produce strong leaders. There is no specific template for a good leader since they come in all shapes and sizes with all types of backgrounds. There are, however, backgrounds that tend to produce more leaders than others. Engineering happens to be one of those backgrounds.

So why are does engineering produce good leaders? When you think of engineers, you may think of the technical guru that sits behind the computer all day working out solutions to advanced equations. Read More…

Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 22, 2012

Leaders, Are You Aware Or Involved?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the difference between being involved and being aware. For leaders there is a big difference between the two when they lead their people.

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The aware leader wants to be up to speed on everything that is going on, but they don’t have to be the one making decisions their employees can make.  Once they are up to speed, they trust their employees to make the right decisions.  They give their employees the ability to make things happen because they take themselves out of the decision making process where they don’t need to be included.

Some of the positives of this type of leader are that they let people work with less interruptions.  They do want to know what is going on so they request email updates on a regular basis. Read More…

Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 21, 2012

How To Make Technology A Smart Investment

Have you gotten the latest iPad, tablet, or smartphone? Have you upgraded to the newest operating system yet? What technology do you use at your company? Technology is a very valuable tool when used properly and at the right time. On the flip side, however, when technology is not used at the right time it can be destructive for any company or organization.

All new investments start and end with leadership. As leaders, you must invest wisely in technology so your company is successful and maintains stability. I would like to suggest three factors to consider when investing in technology.

1. How does it effect productivity? First and foremost, leaders must look at the productivity of a particular piece of technology. How much will the technology increase productivity?

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Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 20, 2012

Leaders, Stay Informed: Knowledge = Power!

The old saying, “Knowledge = Power” is more true now than ever.  In today’s economy, leaders everywhere  must know what is happening in their industry and the economy as a whole.  They must be up to date on trends and major changes coming.  If leadership fails to stay on top of the trends, they can lose speed with their competition and possibly even their relevance. 

Over the past few years, several companies have lost their relevancy because they failed to follow the trends of their industry and the economy.  They lost pace with their competitors and either went of business or changed ownership.  There are also a few companies that have fallen into this trap but have not gone out of business yet, but they are struggling to survive.  Some of the companies that fell into this trap are Blockbuster Video, Kodak, Circuit City, Mervyns, and Borders Books.  I will explain the downfall of just two:

Blockbuster Video has done a poor job of keeping up with the trends.  As a result, they are struggling to survive and have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Read More…

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