5 Reasons Companies Need to Train Supervisors in Leadership Skills

Posted by Kevin Burns on Dec 1, 2023 10:15:00 AM

Frontline supervisors are the backbone of any organization. They are responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and overseeing the performance and well-being of their employees. They are the link between the management and the frontline workers, and they have a direct impact on the quality and outcomes of the work.

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The CareFull Supervisor: A New Approach to Leadership and Management

Posted by Kevin Burns on Nov 24, 2023 10:15:00 AM

My new book, The CareFull Supervisor: The Tools to Succeed and Become the Supervisor Employees Want to Have is based on the idea that supervisors should be full of care for their employees as human beings, not just as workers. It is a way of leading and managing that focuses on compassion, communication, and collaboration.

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How to Be A CareFull Supervisor and Why It Matters

Posted by Kevin Burns on Nov 17, 2023 10:15:00 AM

Being a supervisor is not an easy task. You have to manage multiple responsibilities, deal with various challenges, and lead your team to achieve the desired goals. But how do you do it in a way that is not only effective but also caring?

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What Keeps Supervisors Up At Night and How to Address It

Posted by Kevin Burns on Nov 10, 2023 10:15:00 AM

In the realm of supervision, sleepless nights are all too common. The anxieties, the doubts, the nagging fears - they all come with the territory. Every supervisor has faced that gnawing worry, that fear of the unknown, whether it's dealing with a challenging personality or battling the impostor syndrome, questioning their own competence in the role.

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Building Trust: Strengthening Supervisor Relationships with Employees

Posted by Kevin Burns on Nov 3, 2023 10:15:00 AM

Discover effective strategies for frontline supervisors in trades-based industries to build trust and strengthen relationships with their employees.

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The Losada Ratio on Positive Employee Motivation

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 27, 2023 10:18:00 AM

This week, we're diving into team motivation. It turns out that it matters not just what you say but how often you say it. So, let's explore the Losada Ratio and how it can transform your team's motivation.

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The Supervisor's Clarity of the Safety Mission

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 20, 2023 11:00:00 AM

At a mining camp in Canada's Arctic, a team of big city consultants was dispatched to determine the effectiveness of the safety messages throughout the mine site. The walls at the mine were plastered with so many mixed messages that the employees nicknamed them "the wallpaper." Too much noise, too many competing thoughts. 



First, let's admit it—generic messages like "Safety first" or "Be safe" don't cut it. They become a punchline, undermining the real priority. And in the end, the mission gets lost in "the wallpaper."

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You Are Their Guide. They Are Your Heroes.

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 12, 2023 2:47:30 PM

I want to discuss a concept, not just straight out of the movies, but deeply rooted in supervisor roles. It's about how to better understand your role in the grand narrative of your team.

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But What If We Train Them and They Leave?

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 6, 2023 9:39:09 AM

Management guru, Tom Peters, at a live event, was extolling the virtues of training managers in proper leadership and management skills. One senior manager asked, “What if we train them, and they leave? He responded, “What if you don’t train them, and they stay?”

Training in leadership skills is a gamble. Leadership training is not proprietary. It is personal. If a supervisor decides to leave, the training leaves with them. Leadership skills are personal skills; as are skills in communication, coaching, empowerment, career development, team building, motivation, caring, and mentoring. But they are the skills that employees expect supervisors to have.

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The Supervisor's Role in Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 20, 2021 2:37:30 PM

There's a fundamental shift that occurs the moment a front-facing employee becomes the crew's supervisor. And the quicker you understand the shift, the faster you will get the buy-in of your team.

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