Makarios Consulting Blog

Why You Must Confront Toxic Superstars

You’ve met toxic superstars. He’s the killer developer, spinning out innovative code that generates big-time bucks for the business – but he’s arrogant, cocky, and entitled to the nth degree. She’s the account rep who uses her highly advanced persuasion skills with prospects and effortlessly breaks every sales goal – but she treats her co-workers … Continue reading Why You Must Confront Toxic Superstars

Right People, Right Seats

A key ingredient in the recipe for business success is to have the right people in the right seats. That is, you want people who are aligned with your core values – the right people – and you want them in positions where they are effective and working at a very high level – the … Continue reading Right People, Right Seats

Driving Energy with Accountability

For too many people in the corporate world, “accountability” is a loaded word: loaded, that is, with negative baggage. It conjures up images of bosses who speak sternly to those of lower rank, holding some shortcoming over their heads. For this reason, the thought of “accountability” makes many people cringe. This, however, is not a … Continue reading Driving Energy with Accountability

Millennials: They’re Just Like Everybody Else

“The single biggest decision you make in your job – bigger than all the rest – is who you name manager. When you name the wrong person manager, nothing fixes that bad decision. Not compensation, not benefits – nothing.” –Jim Clifton, CEO Gallup Inc. contributor Marcel Schwantes published an article last June about why employees … Continue reading Millennials: They’re Just Like Everybody Else

What’s holding you back? (HeadTrash 2, Part 1 of 7)

Imagine you’re in a plane flying at 14,000 feet.  You have a parachute strapped on your back and you’ve been properly trained to do your first solo skydive. You’re as ready as can be, but when the cargo bay door opens and the air rushes in, you finally realize what you’re about to do. Your … Continue reading What’s holding you back? (HeadTrash 2, Part 1 of 7)

Sincerity and Courage: Critical Elements of Reinforcing Feedback

The thing about ‘reinforcing feedback’ is that everyone needs it. Not just individuals who are under-performing, but all-star performers, outside vendors, and everyone in between. Anyone with whom we interact in the course of the workday can benefit from reinforcing feedback. Even the most consistent performers need us to recognize and affirm their performances. Keep … Continue reading Sincerity and Courage: Critical Elements of Reinforcing Feedback