Leading by Example! People “Listen” to What You Do…

Leading by example is a popular term in the conversation about effective leadership. However, what does it really mean? All leaders independent of their “address” within the hierarchy actually do lead by example. Leading by example is a default position simply for the fact the people “listen” to the leader’s actions far more than they listen […]

Millennials: The day of the millennial entrepreneur has already arrived

During a recent networking event here in Greenville, I happened to stand close to a group of young people, members of the millennial generation and overheard some of the conversation. Most of them were young entrepreneurs, worked in a family business or had some managerial function. The conversation revolved around different issues from employee performance […]

Talent Development Up Close and Personal

One recent evening, I had a conversation with some young professionals in their late twenties and early thirties. While they represented a variety of personal as well as professional backgrounds, the main theme of the conversation was about their career and outlook. Looking at it from the perspective of talent development, I tempted the group […]

Millennials: Our Leaders4Tomorrow

10 years QLI International! A special announcement for millennials to take advantage of a unique opportunity for personal development! The Upstate Business Journal and QLI International have joined forces for a special leadership development project for leaders from the Millennial Generation. QLI International LLC is an Upstate business consultancy focusing on two business needs, leadership development and strategy […]

Organizational Culture, The #1 Reason for Employee Happiness!

Only one third of employees find the work environment and the organizational culture of their employer positive. A Wharton School of Business study lead by Dr. Alex Edmans revealed that employee satisfaction has a strong correlation with company results and shareholder value. Companies with a high employee satisfaction rate outperform their peers by a significant […]

The Missing Piece in the Project Manager

Any project manager has a tough job to satisfy all stakeholders involved! Project managers have specific targets to reach, which are traditionally defined in financial terms as well as a strict time line. Certified project managers are well trained and often experts in different project planning methods, scheduling structures and project management tools. However, the results […]

Do You Live Up to Your Potential?

What does “potential” mean in this context? It stems from the Latin word “potential” or power, and in this context a good definition could be “the latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness”. In essence our potential is also defined by our own imagination of our limitation, yet […]

Self-Leadership – Simple Ground Rules for Leaders

We need leaders for one predominant reason: to create results! Self-leadership is one of the elements required. With this in mind we can define leadership as creating results THROUGH people. The key word is through in this context. There is one more angle to consider: Leadership is situational. Leaders need to acquire a comprehensive “tool […]

Ten Steps to a Motivating Work Environment (Motivation)

As an executive coach quite often I get asked for the “secret sauce” of employee motivation. I have to “disappoint”   every time with my answer. We cannot motivate employees in a sustainable manner. All the well known, traditional means of motivation like i.e. money, fear, pain or pleasure create only a short-term impact. To […]

Why actually bother with a strategy plan?

Entrepreneurs, business owners and executives are taking many measures to thrive in any given economic environment. Why do they often fret over tough decisions to make sure that they are the right ones? What is it that gives them sleepless nights going over the numbers to figure out yet another way to reduce cost and progress […]