Blogposts on Leading Staff

The following articles first appeared in the Alvarez Porter Group newsletter “Choices”

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

May 27, 2017 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

In moments of great threat and great possibility tensions can be heightened.  The pressure to adapt to change, tighten belts and take effective action exacerbates issues that may have been dormant.  If you are experiencing this just know it is part ... read more


5 Best Tools for Online Collaboration

5 Best Tools for Online Collaboration

January 2, 2016 · by Grace White · Leave a Comment

As travel budgets tighten and the need for collaboration increases, you are probably spending more of your time on conference calls, reading emails, and feeling disconnected from your team. This does not have to happen!  There are many easy-to-use online tools for ... read more


Putting R Before T - It's How S**t Gets Done

Putting R Before T – It’s How S**t Gets Done

January 2, 2016 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

You are juggling your “usual” workday, which seems more and more hectic. The only way to get through everything seems to be with back-to-back meetings. Your head is down, your neck is tight, and you disengaged hours ago. You blindly ... read more


Toxic Employee Behaviors and What to Do About Them

Toxic Employee Behaviors and What to Do About Them

January 2, 2016 · by Allison Porter · 1 Comment

Do you have a co-worker who brings down the morale of the team? Does your office sometimes feel like a battleground of "us" vs. "them"? Are you tired of trying to please people who fault everything you do? If you answered yes to ... read more


The Art of Receiving Feedback

The Art of Receiving Feedback

June 24, 2014 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

If receiving feedback were as simple as listening to what people have to tell us and making necessary adjustments, we would all be so much wiser than we are.  The unfortunate side effect of how our brains work, however, is ... read more


Annual Staff Evaluations Fail to Make the Grade

Annual Staff Evaluations Fail to Make the Grade

December 1, 2013 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

I don't usually turn to corporate America for what works in managing staff, but in this case, they might be on to something.  As reported in the New York Times, Deloitte Consulting and the Wall Street Journal companies are moving away from traditional ... read more


The Importance of Getting Beneath Our Common Ground

The Importance of Getting Beneath Our Common Ground

October 14, 2013 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

At two separate retreats this week I had the powerful experience – and the privilege – of being with groups as they got to know each other on a deeper level than they had before.  These were people who in ... read more


Top ten reasons managers don’t have regular, productive conversations with their staff about performance

Top ten reasons managers don’t have regular, productive conversations with their staff about performance

September 2, 2013 · by Allison Porter · 1 Comment

Whether or not you believe that annual performance reviews should happen at all, everyone agrees that they are not the time or place to hear about performance issues for the first time.  So why don’t managers talk to their staff ... read more


Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

May 28, 2013 · by Allison Porter · 1 Comment

I was having coffee with Laura, a middle school teacher, when she told me she couldn’t remember a time when her administrator had pointed out something she had done well.  She only ever heard from him when she made a mistake.  “I ... read more