It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like...

By: MarkWeaver Sunday December 7, 2014 comments

Yes, its that time of year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa or merely the end of the year, this is an excellent time to say thanks to employees. You've undoubtedly heard a financial planner tell you that it's not how much you make that's important, but how much you get to keep. Same is true of the gifts you give to employees. There are ways you can say thanks that are tax-free events to employees, and there are ways that are taxable events. Here are a few methods employers use to reward employees at year end, and... Read More


Happy Holidays... or Bah Humbug?!

By: MarkWeaver Monday December 1, 2014 comments

Welcome to December! About this time of year, many employers wonder what they can and cannot do related to their holiday of choice. Advice varies; sometimes based on the personal preferences of the advisor rather than on the law or common sense. Read more... The Second Absolute of Quality "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Sounds like something your Grandma used to say. She wasn't the only one. Philip Crosby, Best-Selling Author and Quality Guru said something similar in defining the Second Absolute of Quality: the... Read More


Up With People

By: MarkWeaver Monday November 3, 2014 comments

Ever wonder why we call the people we work with “employees” and where the term came from? Here’s a quick history: Implicare (Latin): To enfold,involve,beconnectedwith. Empleier (French / Anglo – 1500s): To hire, engage, involve in a particular purpose. Employee (today): A person who works for another in return for money. Over time, the word has lost meaning. People we work with have been reduced from those who were involved, connected, and engaged, to a transaction. To make it worse, we use tired phrases such... Read More


So What?

By: MarkWeaver Monday October 27, 2014 comments

I remember the mission of Philip Crosby Associates even though it has been a few years since I worked there. I suspect the other 299 or so people who were part of the team back then could too. “The mission of Philip Crosby Associates is to provide lives for our associates and to improve the quality of goods and services all over the world.” We heard that mission, saw that mission, lived that mission, and believed that mission. Every day. Today I joke that more people can quote the mission of the Starship Enterprise than they can the... Read More


The Best Things In Life Are Free

By: MarkWeaver Friday October 17, 2014 comments

Quality Guru Phil Crosby got famous off his first best-selling book, Quality is Free. His premise was really pretty simple organizations spend a lot of time and money doing things wrong; prevent errors and defects from the start and you have quality. To do that, you have to engage employees, educate everyone on a common understanding, change the culture, listen for the hassles as he called them, and fix those hassles. When you do, quality improves, finances improve, and morale goes up. As his HR Manager in the publicly-traded company that... Read More


Your Most Important Asset

By: MarkWeaver Saturday April 26, 2014 comments

Im sure theyre well meaning, but HR people by the droves like to use trite phrases like, Employees are our most important asset. But think about it. An asset is a resource that a company owns or controls to either pay debts or to get a future benefit from. Business owners, bosses, and HR people who think they own the employees who work for them have a distorted view of reality. Business owners, bosses, and HR people who think they control the people who work for them as some bosses do probably get lip service at best when the boss is... Read More


Holiday Sensitivity or Bah Humbug?!

By: MarkWeaver Tuesday December 10, 2013 comments

I read yet another article by HR professionals advising business owners about how to be sensitive to people of various religious beliefs or no religious beliefs - during the holiday season. Apparently, some would argue that everything should be kept so generic and non-potentially offensive that traditional symbols of Christmas should be taboo in the workplace. Honestly sometimes I think we try to be so open-minded that we risk having our brains leak out. We have become so sensitized to offending anyone that we have gone far beyond not only... Read More


What's Yours?

By: MarkWeaver Friday August 16, 2013 comments

Culture... every organization has at least one. It is created by what the leader says, does, promotes and tolerates. Culture can change from great to mediocre quickly. It takes more time and a whole lot of intentionality to go the opposite direction - from mediocre to great. Why should you care? Couple reasons: Engaged workplaces have a 24% lower attrition rate than disengaged workplaces. Fully engaged employees have a 3x higher ROI than average employees. Ask yourself these questions as you think about the culture of your... Read More


Recipe For Success

By: MarkWeaver Saturday April 13, 2013 comments

This week, I was at an event where I heard a few successful business leaders sharing their recipes for success. One commented that you have to have 3 things: a good idea; a great team; and $$$. I love a good idea. I love brainstorming good ideas with entrepreneurs. I love hearing their dreams and the sometimes outrageous ideas that no one else has tried yet. I also love it when the money is available to fund the vision of an entrepreneur. Ive seen entrepreneurs take all kinds of risk, leveraging everything to move their concepts from ideas to... Read More


Money Can't Buy You Love

By: MarkWeaver Friday December 28, 2012 comments

Ok, Ill admit I was never a Beatles fan of course, I was a small child when they were around and I had an older cousin who was one of those teenagers screaming and fainting at Beatles concerts which I thought was really stupid. That said, you couldnt grow up in the 60s without hearing a LOT of Beatles songs like Cant Buy Me Love. I can still recite some of the words that were constantly pounded into my young brain I dont care too much for money; money cant buy me love. Nowhere is this truer than in the workplace. Nowhere is money used more... Read More



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