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An Unconventional Way to Safeguard Employee Motivation

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Create an environment that inspires motivation and engagement through empathy. You can make sure your people are using their natural strengths. You can focus on job fit and culture fit.   Is that all there is to ensure motivated employees? When I think of supporting employee motivation, my thoughts go a slightly different direction. What if » Read More

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Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? In theory, a good project manager can become a good » Read More

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Job Security: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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“…The only real security you have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford Take the lead to create your own job security. My first experience in wrestling with my personal thoughts on job security happened in 1992. My employer planned to cut a few hundred people from my » Read More

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Where Have All the Apprenticeships Gone?

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I’ve been doing a lot of hiring in the last few years, although I didn’t intend to do so. I’m not a recruiter, headhunter, or HR professional. I am a business leadership coach who deconstructed and recreated the system we use for hiring. Along with becoming very critical of the “old” system that typically gets bad » Read More

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Take Charge of Your Career Like a Boss

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I train a lot of managers. One thing we cover is to NOT take for granted what employees understand about their jobs. You’ve probably heard me preach about the importance of one-on-one meetings and how they can be used deliberately for this purpose. Here’s just a snippet of what I suggest to managers that they » Read More

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8 tips for effective employee praise

If praising employees does not come naturally to you, here are a few tips for crafting words to motivate your team…

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When Working Together Works

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Here’s a thought: when everyone agrees, there isn’t much growth. Disagreement, to a certain extent, inspires critical thinking. That critical thinking is what brings progress. By encouraging people to get behind their ideas, and in a sense fight for them, ideas are considered more thoroughly and perspectives understood. Read more…  

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Are You a Spoilsport or a Spirit Booster?

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When your employees offer ideas, your response can make or break your organization. You don’t have time for everything. There’s a lot at stake right now, and your boss is breathing down your neck. Your employee raises an idea in the staff meeting. You tried that idea once before. Five years ago. It was a dismal » Read More

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The Insiders Guide to Micromanagement

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Are you a micromanager? Did you know that being a micromanager has more of a negative impact than a positive influence? It’s often easy to spot when we have been micromanaged, but it’s time to look in the mirror and see if we have become that which we know interferes with performance. Read more…

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10 Management Lessons from Dragon Army

Business insights can come from unexpected places, including children’s literature. Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card paints a marvelous portrait of people management, vividly contrasting what motivates and what demoralizes, and what creates excellence versus lackluster results.

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