Posts by Fred Schuneman

Coaching, Mentoring & Leading Across Generations

(Part 1 of a 3 Part Series) With different generations in the modern workforce spanning the ages from 16 to 70+, managing employees in a way that promotes good will, productivity and efficiency is more important than ever. I wrote a blog on Sorting Out Coaching vs. Mentoring vs. Training a few months ago.  I…

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Want to Move up the Leadership Ladder?

The dictionary defines leadership as the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group. True leadership isn’t about having a certain job, title or position.  True leadership is about investing in people, building relationships, and inspiring them to succeed.  True leadership is about achieving results and building a team…

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The Origins of Organizational Culture

First blog of a three-part series   Organizational culture is a major determining factor in the success of an organization and considered by many as one of the most powerful effects on how an organization thinks and behaves.  Organizational culture is found to be applicable in every business around the globe but the types of…

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Get Off the Dance Floor! – Utilize Adaptive Leadership

Every bookstore or library shelf has an abundance of books on leadership theories and styles.  They range from the theoretical to the practical and everything in between. This makes it difficult to find that one book with the perfect leadership style or theory. Regardless of the books you read, you still can’t run your business…

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The Importance of Workplace Culture

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a famous quotation attributed to the late business management guru Peter Drucker.  So, why did Drucker make this statement? Because workplace culture is the operationalizing of an organization’s values. Culture guides employee decisions on their technical needs and plans, and how employees interact with others. Good culture creates an…

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7 Key-Steps to Motivate and Inspire Your Team

“We are not a team because we work together.  We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.”  -Vala Afsar   Change in the workplace tends to introduce uncertainty, stress and anxiety in the employees who are affected by it as well as the leaders that are implementing the change.  Unfortunately,…

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Sorting Out Coaching vs. Mentoring vs. Training

In an organization various employee development programs are undertaken to improve the level of performance, increase employee engagement, and build a stronger workforce by increasing employee-manager relationships.  This employee development is often accomplished through any one of three techniques: Coaching Mentoring Training   These terms can be confusing due to the similarity they might convey,…

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Characteristics of Workplace Culture

“Happy employees are not necessarily productive employees”   Ideally, organizational or workplace culture supports a positive, productive, environment. However, happy employees are not necessarily productive or engaged employees.   In 2010, the Conference Board recorded the lowest level ever on employment satisfaction (Associated Press, 2010).  The level of employees satisfied with their work had dropped four (4)…

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The Continuing Saga of Discrimination in the Workplace

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (amended in 1991) declared that employers must maintain a workplace free of discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, or national origin. As a result, organizations have attempted to reduce racial discrimination, of which racial harassment is a subtype. Nevertheless, racial discrimination and harassment remain pervasive throughout the workplace,…

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