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Human Resources

Don’t let difficult or toxic employees derail productivity. A toxic work environment can suck the life out of a company’s bottom line by tainting morale, tanking productivity and defusing momentum. Backstabbers, credit-takers, bullies, hyper-sensitives, serial emailers, know-it-alls, brown-nosers, and hyper-criticals all have the potential to create a high level of workplace toxicity. Restore a more productive workplace by coaching employees to see the adverse outcome of their toxic behaviours. Function as an example of the behaviours you wish your employers would emulate.

No budget to devote to a human resources team? Human resources don’t have to be pricey, just effective. Hiring to detailed job descriptions alleviates many downstream personnel issues related to drifting from expectations. Foster an environment of forward-thinking employees. Employees who are integrally entwined with the company’s success increase retention and engagement. Create a collaborative spirit focused on teams that are geared towards working together, winning together and celebrating together. Know the strengths and weaknesses of each team member and maximize each employee’s usefulness. Always thank your team members and employees for a job well-done!

Traditional weakness-based leadership approaches are unwise and irresponsible. Review your current styles and make it a quest to improve them. Instead of focusing on gaps, weaknesses and wrongs, focus on strengths and what's right. Bring out the best in people rather than looking for their worst. Stop catching people doing things wrong and start reinforcing people doing things right. Try asking people to participate instead of demanding them to. It is always better to have willing than forced co-operation from the people you lead.

It's the presence of strengths and not the absence of weaknesses that makes you an effective leader.

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