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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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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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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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3 Tips to Deliver Bad News Like a Leader

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Clients often come to me when they have to deliver what they considered “bad news” to an employee. It might be something like: Her job is changing and she doesn’t have a say. He has this behavior or performance issue that is starting to cause a serious problem. You’re giving her a performance rating she’s » Read More

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On Leading Horses Who Don’t Know They Are Thirsty to Water

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There is an adage that goes, “Authority is the last resort of the inept and frustrated.” Parents who have found themselves relying on “…Because I said so” to direct a reluctant child know the total truth of that adage. When rank becomes the only means of ensuring compliance, one has long lost the battle to » Read More

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Flexibility: Stretching Traditional Notions of Work

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  “The key to sustained happiness, health, and longevity is flexibility.” –Ev Duran There is a parable here in Afghanistan about a mule and a well that speaks to the value of flexibility in our lives.  Having fallen into a shallow well, an Afghan farmer’s mule brayed incessantly while the farmer and his son considered their » Read More

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Is Your Brilliance Hiding in Plain Sight?

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You have your own way of getting work done through others.  As a manager, your own inherent values and ideas of how the world works (and should work) drive how you handle issues with the human beings in your charge. Something I notice with my clients and myself is that we often suppress our initial » Read More

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Empowerment Self-Diagnostic

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Are you empowering your people to greater success? This is a self-assessment process to determine the degree to which others are being empowered under your leadership. Prescriptive actions to create a more empowering environment are provided as you learn more about your empowerment style. Step 1 Write down every decision made for one week. Include » Read More

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Strategic success through people

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How prepared is your organization to implement your strategic plan and move the necessary change forward? Strategic success requires more than a strategic plan; it requires the right employees with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.   The essence of the Strategic Plan is the set of strategies that will » Read More

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