Wes Friesen

Wes Friesen

Wes Friesen is a proven leader and developer of high performing teams and has extensive experience in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. A former in-plant manager, he is also an award-winning university instructor and speaker, and is the president of Solomon Training and Development, which provides leadership, management and team building training. His book, Your Team Can Soar! contains 42 valuable lessons that will inspire you, and give you practical pointers to help you—and your team—soar to new heights of performance. Your Team Can Soar! can be ordered from Xulonpress.com/bookstore or wesfriesen.com. Wes can be contacted at wesmfriesen@gmail.com.

The Pygmalion Effect: We Get What We Expect

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” His quote illustrates the power of self-fulfilling prophecies, which is at the core of something called the Pygmalion Effect.

Continuous Improvement: The Path to A Better Future

We all desire success for the teams we influence and lead — both now and in the future. How can we help ensure that our teams achieve the results that will lead to success and a better future?

Who Determines Success? It’s the Manager

To build an engaging, productive workplace, good managers survey their teams to make sure they understand expectations, have the tools they need, and feel appreciated. Here’s a survey you can use to help guide you.

The Power of Partnerships

Want to be a more effective leader? Want your team to be even more successful? Then you need to tap into the power of business partnerships with both internal and external business partners.

Decisions, Decisions

We can’t avoid making difficult decisions. Here are some ideas to help you work through the process in a rational manner.

Keys to Developing Good Relationships

People are naturally social creatures—we crave friendship and positive interactions, just as we do food and water. The better relationships we have in life—including in the workplace—the happier and more successful we will be. President Teddy Roosevelt was on the mark when he said, "The most important ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

Does Your Team Work?

For us fans of team sports, isn't it exciting to see our favorite teams blend their individual talents and abilities and achieve success as a unified team? The good news is that our teams in the business world can also achieve success. One key to making that happen is teamwork.

Are You Connecting?

Henry Kissinger once said, "The task of the leader is to get his/her people from where they are to where they have not been." How can we help our coworkers be successful here in the present—and move with us towards a better future? A big key for us as leaders is to build strong connections with people.

Are You A Trustworthy Manager?

We face an ongoing challenge to build a trustworthy team that reliably serves our key stakeholders. The starting place is to have the team led by a trustworthy leader—you. How can we develop a higher level of trustworthiness for ourselves and our teams? Let me share some ideas, largely based on the work of Dr. Robert Hurley, a respected professor, consultant and former manager.

How Do You Motivate People?

Can we directly motivate another person? Not really. But we can intentionally foster a climate that helps people motivate themselves. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said it well: "Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it."