Category: Leadership

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Posted by: Frank Camp, August 22, 2011

The Evil Micromanager. Or, when it’s OK to Micromanage…

Micromanaging has a negative connotation associated with it. And rightly so. No one likes to have their boss breathing down their neck, making decisions for them. All employees appreciate a certain amount of autonomy in their work. It allows for ownership of their work. It allows for a more engaged employee. Don’t agree? Check out the video in this post.

At the end of July, GCS is going to be celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary.  In honor of such an accomplishment, especially in an environment that is seeing many businesses fail, we’re going to be providing some historical perspectives on our growth and changes in the industry over the next several weeks. Two years ago,

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Twice a year we formally block out two days to evaluate how closely our daily activities are aligned with our strategic objectives and then make any adjustments to stay on course. In many ways it is a matter of concluding we need more of the same, just better. Last week we met again and laid out the specific

Posted by: Bucky Cline, June 21, 2011

Ways to Deal with Difficult People

We’ve all had to deal with difficult people at some point.  Difficult people can present a unique problem when they are your employees and it is your job to manage them. I’d like to note that dealing with difficult people is different than conflict management.  Conflict management is about dealing with a difficult situation. I am going to posit some

George and I recently attended an HR Roundtable of Charlotte area companies that are members of the Contact Center Network Group. We were given a list of what would be considered universal HR problems and asked to rank them. The list included, Recruitment Attendance Compensation Training & Development Employee Engagement What would you rank as your most

Posted by: Frank Camp, February 15, 2011

6 Tips on Leading an Effective & Efficient Conference Call

Let’s face it, conference calls are even more of a necessity in many industries today.  When managed properly, they are an effective means of communication and a valuable business tool because they decrease travel costs and increase the speed of decisions. Below are some of the key tips I have found effective to use when

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I found myself challenged with the topic for the blog given everything I experienced last week. Even with the typical trials of traveling, from cancelled flights, locked keys in rental car and treacherous driving conditions,( not to mention my laptop taking a roundtrip vacation to NJ for the weekend,) I landed on what I feel

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Posted by: Holly Czuba, January 6, 2011

Leadership Rowan [Local Government] ~ October 2011

October’s Leadership Rowan day was about Local Government.  Local government day was something I found to be very informative. The last time I remember learning anything about how our government operated I was 14, and that was geared towards operations of our federal government. I’ll give a brief synopsis of a couple of the big

Posted by: Greg Alcorn, December 6, 2010

Practice Makes Permanent

You’ve heard the old adage of “practice makes perfect”, maybe when you were playing a musical instrument or learning to write or participating in sports. Fact is, practice makes permanent, not always perfect. We strive to make perfect presentations.  Sometimes that involves breaking engrained speaking habits that are permanent, but not perfect.  For example, did

Posted by: George Simons, November 23, 2010

A Strategic Start.

GCS has a Strategic Planning meeting each fall to prepare for the upcoming year.  This year was no different.  On Monday, November 15th, all department heads descended on Salisbury, NC for a three-day event that included a lot of hard work, brainstorming and presentations.  Below is a brief description of how the meeting started, with a guest