Category Archives: Supervision

Tough Conversations Made Easy With Courtesy and Results Part 2

The Following excerpt is content from John Cameron’s upcoming book                Tough Conversations Made Easy with Courtesy and Results                                                           © John A. Cameron, 2016 MODULE 1: Setting Expectations Make Fewer Promises: Keep All of Them  Once Expectations are set … Continue reading

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Tough Conversations Made Easy with Courtesy and Results Part 1

The Following excerpt is content from John Cameron’s upcoming book                Tough Conversations Made Easy with Courtesy and Results                                                           © John A. Cameron, 2016   This book is dedicated to many people. I thank my parents who … Continue reading

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How to Discourage Rats, Stool Pigeons and Informants in the Workplace

A few years ago, I called my boss on his cell phone.  After a few pleasantries, I said,”You have created a culture of informants in this organization.” Tough conversation.  Probably should have had the conversation face-to-face, but it was hard … Continue reading

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What would you do if you were in my shoes?

I’m sure you have heard it before.  The employee who second guesses your decisions, saying something like, “If I were in charge, I would…” Or, you have to make a tough decision: cut costs, hire one person for an opening … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Nine-Evaluate

Congratulations on what you accomplished so far.  You learned that clearly defining the problem is the key.  You learned to distinguish between a problem and a condition.  You looked at possible alternatives, took action, monitored your progress, made needed changes … Continue reading

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Deal With Chronic Tardiness: Sample Coaching Conversation

In a recent article we talked about the affects of chronic tardiness.  In this article I will present a scripted conversation of the first attempt to coach a situation where there is existing chronic tardiness. The two parties are John, … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable Part Five

More keys to maintaining consistency and predictability in work and life.  Remember-a thief needs to be unpredictable to avoid the cops.  A leader, whether in a family, business, non-profit or government avoids only one thing by being unpredictable-success as a … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable Module Four

Leaders, in families, among friends, or at church or temple are all more effective when they are consistent and predictable.  Cat burglars  and boxers benefit from being unpredictable.  Managers, supervisors, leaders, parents and teachers lose ground when people can’t count … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable Part Three

You can do more to be consistent and predictable in your life.  There are some places where inconsistency and unpredictability pay off, such as being an offensive or defensive coordinator for a football team.  Or being a military strategist.  Keeping … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable: Part One

By now you all know consistency is one of the keys to being a good leader, manager, supervisor, boss, or parent.  If you don’t know why here is one reason.  Say you lead a team of ten people.  You are … Continue reading

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