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A company is only as good as its employees. Talented, productive employees who are engaged with their employer are critical to each organization’s success. However, as Jim Harter and Amy Adkins note in their Gallup article titled, “Employees Want a Lot More from Their Managers,” less that 33 percent of Americans feel engaged. What’s more: managers are the cause of more than 70 percent of variance ... Read More
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  For the past decade or so, employers, HR professionals, and recruiters have done their best to analyze and understand Millennials in order to foster productive work environments. Numerous articles have been written discussing Millennials’ desire for a better work-life balance than their parents and grandparents, as well as the fact that many prefer work that’s socially responsible and employers ... Read More
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Everyone knows networking is important to your career. Contacts you meet at work, during work-related events, and even in your personal life can inform you about industry developments, job opportunities, new clients, and much more.  However, networking requires people skills, patience, and commitment—and unfortunately, it’s all too easy to forget something or behave in a way that’s not well receiv ... Read More
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Everyone encounters at least one during our career: a highly successful manager who appears to always know the right strategy, make the right choice, and attract precisely those employees, partners, and clients the company needs in order to improve operations.But what is it that makes these managers so special? What do they have that the rest of us don’t?You might be surprised to hear that most do ... Read More
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Let’s face it: as a manager, even if you’re on a beach thousands of miles from the office, your job is never far from your thoughts. So why not absorb some leadership advice while you’re soaking up the sun (protected with adequate sun screen, of course)?Here are our top five leadership podcasts for your summer vacation listening and learning pleasure:1.Off the Charts Business Podcast. Nathalie ... Read More
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When you booked that two-week total immersion rock-climbing clinic in the Rocky Mountains, did it cross your mind that you might be doing something to advance your career?How about when you—admittedly a bit reluctantly—volunteered to help your younger brother get his fixer-upper move-in ready before he and his partner become parents next fall?Or when you decided to take your 1975 Chevy Capric ... Read More
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We all know that our networks are critical to professional success. They provide us with news, leads, support, information, and opportunities for advancement. That’s why in just 14 short years, LinkedIn became the world’s largest professional networking site. More than 400 million professionals use it—because what could be easier than filling out your profile, uploading your contact list, and ... Read More
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You’re a “hands-off” kind of manager. You typically place a lot of trust in your employees and rely on them to deliver. But on this latest project, you’re rapidly becoming aware that what you’ve been doing for years suddenly isn’t working. Your most junior employee keeps asking for your approval, and even your more seasoned workers seem more insecure than normal.Of course, you start to ask yo ... Read More
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No matter how good you are at your job and how well you balance work with your personal life, sometimes, it becomes more difficult to maintain that balance. For example, your company’s about to launch a new service, and you’re working overtime every day to beat the deadline. Maybe your child is seriously ill, and you’re spending as many hours at the hospital as at work. Or perhaps you’ve been stud ... Read More
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Picture the following scene:You’re looking to hire a new employee, and today’s the first day you’re interviewing candidates. The first two applicants you speak with meet most of your requirements, but you have the feeling there’s someone out there who’s a better fit for the job. So you’re cautiously optimistic about the third candidate of the day. But when the candidate arrives, you’re taken by su ... Read More
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Your team members are all excitedly talking about their upcoming vacations—but all you can think about is getting a head start on the next project.Maybe your significant other suggests going to the Bahamas for a week, but you ask for a rain check because you “can’t get away.”Or your office is actually going to shut down for a week in July, but you’re already planning the projects you’re going to w ... Read More
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For most managers, it seems as if there are never enough hours in the day.Every time you cross something off your to-do list, another task comes along. As soon as one meeting ends, a request for another comes in. And even if you stay late to finally work your way through all of those unanswered emails, another 50 messages will be waiting for you by the time you get to the office the next morning.O ... Read More
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Are your employees engaged? Are they able to use their skills and talents? Do they go the extra mile to get things right? Do they feel accountable not only for their own performance, but also for that of your entire team—as well as your company?Chances are, some of your employees are more engaged than others. A study by Gallup, published in 2015 and summarized in Amy Adkins’ article “Majority of U ... Read More
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“Nobody’s perfect.”That’s the punch line in the 1959 hit movie Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. And though it was a perfect ending to that movie, when it comes to your professional performance, it’s not really the best motto to live by. As an aspirational manager, you should always strive to improve your skills—even if perfection is bound to remain out of re ... Read More
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Picture this scenario: You’re looking for a new senior systems administrator. You’ve received a number of applications and have just started reviewing them. The first candidate has a BS in computer science from a reputable college. He completed a six-month internship in the support department of a leading software producer and has worked as a junior systems administrator at a large regional compan ... Read More
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You’re a great manager. Your people trust you. Your higher ups know they can rely on you. And you enjoy doing a good job for your company.Yet this doesn’t guarantee your team members will stay with you indefinitely. In fact, a 2015 study showed that U.S. workers stayed an average of 2.6 years in a position, according to Steve Goldstein in his MarketWatch article “Workers still clinging to jobs lon ... Read More
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How would you like to spend your Saturday mornings with your company’s CEO and your team of employees… working in a local soup kitchen?What would you think of supporting a reading program for at-risk youth in your town—one where your employees can volunteer for a couple of hours each week and help kids learn to read?Or how would you feel about your entire team spending a long weekend helping build ... Read More
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As an aspirational manager, you’ve already mapped out your career path and you know where you’re going. But in addition to exceeding expectations in all things work-related, there’s one more way you can beat the competition for that promotion to middle management—and that’s to adopt habits that get you poised for success. Here are some of the most critical habits you’ll need.Maximize your hours. P ... Read More
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Are you a natural born leader? Someone people instinctively trust, respect, and followOr are you a manager who has to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses in order to continuously enhance your professional performance?Though some people are undoubtedly born with natural leadership skills, most of us fall into the second category. But that’s totally fine, because when you have to make consciou ... Read More
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Imagine this: Your team is about to begin creating a marketing campaign for a new product. You’ve developed many campaigns together in the past, but this time, there’s an excited buzz among your employees. Why? For the first time, you’ll be targeting a young audience, one that doesn’t just use Twitter and Instagram to communicate with their friends, but practically lives on Snapchat. This means yo ... Read More
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Do your employees spend the majority of their workdays sitting at their desks in their cubicles?If so, they could be on their way to suffering from some serious health conditions as a result of a sedentary lifestyle. This will also have some adverse and costly consequences for your company, including increased absenteeism due to illness; higher insurance costs; and increased turnover rates.How ina ... Read More
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In recent years, the number of people working remotely has grown considerably. Faster Internet speeds and hyperconnectivity—the ability to be connected to the Internet using a wide variety of devices—make it possible for employees and contingent workers to make their home their workplace.In fact, GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com reports that 3.7 million workers, equaling 2.5 percent of the U.S. workfo ... Read More
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What do managers and top chefs have in common? Well, more than you might expect. Both have to effectively manage a team of people, oftentimes under intense pressure. Both have to motivate as well as educate their people. And both have to create products or services that their customers want and need.However, some of the TV chefs we know and love also have their own unique qualities that make them ... Read More
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In a year of campaigns and promises, it's often the trustworthiness of a candidate that makes the final decision in voters' minds. For example, a candidate who’s exposed by the press as having appropriated public funding for his or her own private use instantly loses traction. At the same time, when old photographs surface that support another candidate’s previously disputed claim of having been a ... Read More
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You’re about to start work on a quarterly report, but suddenly you realize you haven’t received the statistics you requested from one of your employees. You send her a quick email to remind her, and she responds saying she’ll send them over as soon as she’s finished them.Hours go by. You reach a point in the report where you absolutely need the statistics or you’re stuck. So you walk over to your ... Read More
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During your career, there’s a very realistic chance that you’ll encounter a grieving employee. Since few of us have the luxury of taking an extended leave, a significant part of the grieving process will take place at work. Though most of us try to check our personal troubles at the door when we enter the workplace, grief isn’t an emotion that can be so easily regulated. No matter how much work ha ... Read More
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Are you a rising star or an unstoppable freight train? Not sure? Then you’d better read on.Some managers enter the workplace in their early 20s, propel themselves into middle management within a year, and climb into upper management before their 30th birthday. Others move steadily, according to a long-established plan, through the ranks to the upper echelons of a company. Yet others make one or tw ... Read More
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Over the past years, mentorship programs have become increasingly important in the workplace.According to Sarah Kessler in her Inc. article “How to Start a Mentoring Program,’ mentoring can enhance employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention. It can also attract more talent, supplement onboarding, and provide employees with all-important guidance in their career trajectories. It can serve as ... Read More
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With the holiday season behind us, it’s time to prepare for the year ahead. As an aspirational manager, one of the things you absolutely need to pay attention to is your network. Consider this: at holiday parties, mixers, and events, you probably had the opportunity to reconnect with people you don’t see every day. Additionally, you likely sent season’s greetings to contacts you didn’t get to meet ... Read More
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The labor landscape has changed considerably over the last eight years. During the 2007-2009 recession, when millions of people were laid off and new graduates faced a dismal job outlook, many workers were forced into free agency as a last resort to generate income.Interestingly, free agents currently still make up 31 percent of the U.S. workforce—a number that’s lower than in 2011, when the econo ... Read More
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Keep your distance. Don’t let it get to you. Always be professional.Regardless of the industry, practically every manager has been told at one time or another to never be overly emotional in front of his or her team. The reason is most likely that traditionally, showing too much emotion has been considered a sign of weakness and therefore something leaders should avoid at all cost.However, in rece ... Read More
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One of your employee’s computers isn’t working properly. Suddenly, a message pops up on the screen saying the files have been encrypted and demanding a fee to decrypt them.Fiction? Unfortunately, no. Since 2013, even a number of police departments have fallen victim to so-called “ransomware.” With names like CrytpoLocker, KEYHolder, or CRyptoWall, ransomware is a type of malware that “hijacks” you ... Read More
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From turkeys to tree trimming, the upcoming holidays are all about fun, family, and relaxation. But it’s also the season when you have a little bit more time to yourself than usual. So why not put it to good use? Whether you put these books on your wish list or gift them to yourself, here are our six top holiday reads for managers.“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by ... Read More
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It’s no news that women are underrepresented in the tech industry. Tech has long been a male-dominated field, and the relatively few women who entered the industry oftentimes leave for good after a couple of years.Even more worrying it the fact that instead of getting better over time, the situation for women in tech in the U.S. is actually getting worse. In fact, according to a recent report by t ... Read More
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Storms. Mechanical issues. Security alerts.If you’re like many managers, business travel is a part of your professional life. But with the winter months ahead and airlines on high alert, the inevitable flight delays and even cancellations are likely to occur more frequently than usual.Besides the inconvenience of having to reschedule meetings, this also results in you often having to wait at the a ... Read More
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You’ve been with your company for a number of years. You have a good team, and your department consistently meets quarterly and annual production targets. Then one day, upper management announces some stunning news: for financial reasons, the company will be relocating from the city to a small town 200 miles away. And since you’re one of their best managers, they ask you to come with them.If you t ... Read More
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Since the economic recession of 2007/2008, companies have continued to streamline their operations in order to keep costs low. One of the areas that’s been significantly affected by the need to operate lean is the workforce. Many organizations now maintain a relatively small core of fulltime staff and, when necessary, expand this core with external workers.As a result, a lot of managers are now in ... Read More
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Every company needs outstanding employees in order to remain competitive. So naturally, when you have one or more high-performing, high-potential employees on your team, you want to keep them in your company—especially when you’ve invested a lot of time and money in training them and developing their careers. However, it’s an unfortunate reality of business that you can suddenly and unexpectedly l ... Read More
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As an aspirational manager, one of the best things you can do for your career is to position yourself as a thought leader in your field. However, with so many professionals publishing articles, blogs, and e-books on a variety of topics, how can you stand out from the crowd?The first thing to keep in mind is what a thought leader actually does: develop and communicate new, unique insights into a sp ... Read More
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You arrive at work on a rainy Monday morning to find your team grumpy and unenthusiastic. You put on your sunniest smile and invite them to discuss the workload for the upcoming week, but to no avail: the general negativity remains. Finally, everybody goes to his or her cubicle and gets to work. You enter your office, close the door behind you… and suddenly, you feel completely drained of energy a ... Read More
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Over the course of a career, we all have days that we might rather stay in bed than go to work. We all have to perform tasks we don’t enjoy now and then. And we all encounter colleagues, supervisors, or clients we don’t always get along with. But when your feelings about your job are more negative than positive on a daily basis, then maybe your current position isn’t right for you anymore.However, ... Read More
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With the summer behind us and Q4 just ahead, many managers will be wrapping up projects and looking forward to 2016. In order for your people to be in top shape for next year’s new projects, it’s a good idea to perform a SWOT analysis of your team.A SWOT analysis is a relatively simple, but effective tool that can help you analyze the capabilities of your team and pinpoint where there’s room for i ... Read More
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In today’s workplace, we’re inundated with distractions. Phone calls, text messages, instant messages, emails, and in-person meetings all require our attention—often all at the same time. Unfortunately, constant interruptions make it harder to focus on the matter at hand and often wind up detracting from the quality of our work.How distractions impact our focusAccording to David Rock in his Psycho ... Read More
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Whether you’re meeting with a new client or a new stakeholder, your first meeting can determine how the rest of that professional relationship will evolve. Obviously, it’s in your best interest to establish a connection on which you can build a strong relationship. Yet even when there’s an obvious shared goal, there can be personality, etiquette, or cultural differences that get in the way of smoo ... Read More
Apps to boost your efficiency at work
We use our devices for everything from exercising to watching TV, so why shouldn’t we use them to help us become more efficient at work?Though not all companies provide company phones or tablets, an increasing number allow employees to use their personal devices for professional purposes. Moreover, the business world is rapidly learning to appreciate the value of apps in terms of productivity. In ... Read More
Traveling for business - Tips for being alert and on top of your game
If you travel a lot for business, you’re used to the long lines at airports, the inevitable flight delays, and the jetlag from traveling between different time zones. You’ve most likely figured out how to find the nearest coffee place when disembarking from a flight; how to hail a cab with a cup of coffee in one hand and your suitcase in the other; and how to pack and unpack your travel bags in 10 ... Read More
Website features to showcase your expertise
Employers are looking for managers with expertise in their specific fields. As Chrissy Scivicque points out in her Forbes article titled “5 Ways to Share Your Professional Expertise and 4 Reasons You Should,” when you’re an established expert, your professional value increases. That means you’re worth more to an employer—and that in turn can lead to promotions, perks, and monetary rewards.Your per ... Read More
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If you really want to carve out a career for yourself, you need to advance purposefully. Some people find it helpful to work with a career coach in order to make the best choices and stay on track. But what can you do if you’re too busy to commit to a standing appointment or can’t afford a career coach?The answer’s simpler than you think: as a manager, part of your job description is to coach your ... Read More
Creating an internship that adds value
An internship can be a valuable work experience for a young professional. It offers a taste of what it’s like to work in a specific profession or company, as well as the opportunity to network and establish useful relationships.At the same time, an internship program can also add value to your company. Of course, there’s the obvious benefit of gaining free or low-cost labor. But the value extends ... Read More
Have you reached a professional plateau?
It can sneak up on you: that unsettling feeling that even though you’re performing well in your job, you’re not developing your skills and knowledge anymore. You’ve reached a plateau. And that’s actually perfectly normal once you’ve mastered the responsibilities of your position. However, if you’re an aspirational manager, you’ll want to move your career forward. So how do you go about doing that? ... Read More
The importance of empathy in enhancing employee engagement
In recent years, employers have become increasingly concerned about reports of low employee engagement rates contributing to high turnover and impaired business performance. In fact, according to Susan Sorenson in her Gallup article “How Employee Engagement Drives Growth,” a 2012 study by Gallup found that companies whose employees were more engaged scored higher on customer ratings, profitability ... Read More
Five summertime team-building activities
For a lot of companies, the warm summer months are quieter than the rest of the year. Many employees, especially those with children, like to take vacation time in July or August, which means that your office is probably functioning at a lower pace than usual. At the same time, June, July, and August are the designated months for college graduates to start a new job. All things considered, with pr ... Read More
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According to Global Workplace Analytics, more than 3.3 million workers in the U.S. (not including the self-employed) telecommute at least half the time—and that number is on the rise. What’s more: statistics from the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index show that globally, 54 percent of workers consider an ideal work environment to be one that includes flexible work arrangements such as remote work a ... Read More
July2015_Strategies for supporting diversity in the workplace
America has long been a melting pot of diverse cultures. Consider the following statistics:According to the U.S. Department of Labor, African Americans comprised 11.6 percent of the U.S workforce in 2011; people of Asian descent will comprise 5.6 percent of the workforce by 2018; and people of Hispanic/Latino descent will make up 19 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020.Unfortunately, the melting ... Read More
July2015_The importance of building strong relationships with silver medalists
As a manager, you invest a lot of time and energy in finding the right candidates for positions within your company. Initial applications are screened carefully to find candidates who might be a good fit; then a small selection of applicants are invited for a first in-person interview. Depending on your company and the role, candidates may be asked to complete skills assessments and tests, as well ... Read More
July2015_Five LinkedIn channels every manager should follow
Learning from others is an integral aspect of every manager’s career. And though you might look first and foremost to your direct environment for examples and mentors, it’s essential to understand that spending some time reading every day can significantly enhance your knowledge and skills, and as a result, benefit your career. But finding the time to sift through the multitude of articles and blo ... Read More
June2015_Summer-Reads
How would you like to return to work after your summer vacation not only rested, but also confident you’ve acquired new knowledge that will help you advance your career?Well, you can. All you have to do is make sure that whether you’ll be spending lazy afternoons in a hammock in your back yard or sunbathing on a yacht off the Florida Keys, you bring the right summer reading with you. Of course, it ... Read More
June2015_Going-Green
Does your company still provide plastic cups at the water cooler? Are all the lights in all the rooms throughout the workplace always on during office hours? Is there still a preference for printed reports over digital ones?If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to foster a more environmentally friendly approach in the workplace. This isn’t just good for the planet: i ... Read More
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Most professionals have felt agitated or nervous about work at one time or another. In fact, it’s completely normal to experience apprehension about starting a new job, nerves before an important presentation, or worry about a project that’s not going quite as planned. But when this kind of anxiety becomes a daily occurrence, it can present problems in the workplace.According to The American Insti ... Read More
June2015_Cloud
Adobe and Microsoft offer subscriptions to their software for students, individuals, and enterprises. Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s OneDrive, Amazon’s WorkDocs, and Google Drive offer storage for personal and professional use. And unlike a few years ago when both applications and storage were based in the physical primary computer network on location, all of these services are now virtual—i ... Read More
Managing the big picture How to stay ahead of the next challenge
When you’re managing a team, it’s not uncommon to get bogged down in the day-to-day details of projects and your regular management tasks. After all, you have to be there to support and lead your team while simultaneously answering to internal and external stakeholders.However, as a manager, it’s your job to oversee all of the processes performed by your team in order to meet operational goals. Yo ... Read More
Agile management Three areas where Millennials require a different approach
Millennials: they’re young, confident, and connected. They’re socially conscious and want to make a positive impact on the world by means of their work. They regard their jobs as integrated with their personal lives. And when it comes to managing them, they require a completely different approach from Generation X workers and Baby Boomers.As a manager in the 21st century, you’re going to see a ste ... Read More
How minimizing the use of email can increase productivity
How many emails do you receive each day? How often do you pause what you’re doing to check your messages on your computer, tablet, or phone—even outside of normal office hours? How many email messages do you write each day, and how long do you spend on writing them?For a busy manager, it’s not unusual to receive hundreds of emails a day and write somewhere between 40 and 60, if not more. Though th ... Read More
How to create a high performance culture
Is your team’s performance as good as it can be, or do you believe it could be improved?If you’re like most of us, your answer will likely be that even if your team is performing well, there’s still room for improvement. That’s understandable, since employees advance their knowledge and skills throughout their careers and teams tend to improve collaboration and synergy the longer they work togethe ... Read More
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When was the last time you read a trade magazine cover-to-cover? How long has it been since you attended a seminar about new technology in your field? When did you last complete a professional development course?As a manager, it’s not unusual to be so caught up in your daily responsibilities that you don’t have time for anything else. But in this age of rapid technological advancement, where both ... Read More
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A recent survey by Pew Research Center titled “Mobile Technology Fact Sheet” yielded some very interesting statistics about cell phone usage in the United States. According to the survey, in January 2014, 90 percent of American adults owned a cell phone, and 58 percent had a smart phone. In addition, 67 percent of American cell phone owners regularly checked their devices for alerts or messages ev ... Read More
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How often do you attend a business presentation, only to find your mind wandering to more pressing or interesting things? It’s unfortunate but true: not everybody has the presentation skills to keep a room—let alone a conference hall—full of people engaged. Yet possessing the ability to create and deliver compelling presentations can be a key skill that helps you advance professionally. That’s why ... Read More
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 Vision, decisiveness, and good communication skills are all traits of a strong leader. But did you know that emotional intelligence, commonly known as EI, is also one of the most important traits of successful leadership? And without it, those in roles of great responsibility can often misread others, as well as themselves.  Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor your own emotions and e ... Read More
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As a manager, making decisions is a part of your job. Every day, you have to make small and large decisions, from who’s the best person for a new project to whether to give an employee a positive or negative performance review.However, when you’re under a lot of pressure or circumstances change unexpectedly, it can become difficult to make sound decisions that benefit your company, your people, an ... Read More
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Effective communication with your team is an important aspect of successful managing. After all, you and your people need to be on the same page to get complex things done well. However, there are many things that can get in the way of effective communication. You might be preoccupied and miss the gist of what somebody’s telling you. A conversation can be interrupted by a phone call before you’ve ... Read More
Feb2015_BeALeaderPeopleWantToFollow_221740312_A0033
Being a manager means being an effective leader. Though every manager has his or her own unique style, there are a number of traits that make for a leader practically everybody wants to follow. Of course, there are a lucky few who possess these traits naturally, but it’s good to know that if you don’t, you can learn them. Let’s take a closer look at eight traits of effective leaders and how to dev ... Read More
Feb2015_EveryConvoCounts_106056053_A0033
How many opportunities do you have each day to engage in a professional conversation?Think about all those times you run into a colleague when you’re getting your morning coffee; bump into a peer from your professional organization at a business lunch; or ride the elevator to the office with your company’s CEO. And though the workplace and networking events are logically good places to connect, yo ... Read More
Feb2015_ValueOfTeamBuildingExcercises_116815153_A0033
As a manager, you know your company’s success depends on your team. And your team can only function well when you know how to motivate a diverse group of people, all with different personalities and work styles, to produce great results. Of course, a lot of this comes down to solid day-to-day managing skills. Assigning work to the appropriate employees, giving them the tools to perform well, and e ... Read More
Feb2015_MakeMostOfMeetings_111460622_A0033
Whether you enjoy them or not, business meetings are a part of any manager’s job. Yet according to CBS News, surveys by consulting firms reveal that on average, professionals spend 31 hours each month in meetings that are unproductive while at the same time, almost three quarters of surveyed professionals do unrelated work during meetings.These numbers show that meetings, which are intended to yie ... Read More
Jan2015_managing_your_team_in_challenging_times
Perhaps you’ve had to lay off employees during a recession. Maybe you’re tasked with telling one of your employees a promotion isn’t on the books for the foreseeable future due to lack of company growth. Or possibly you’re about to ask your team to do even more overtime in order to make an important deadline during the inception of your new company.From severe economic downturns to the stress of a ... Read More
Jan2015_Industrys_Horizon
As a manager, your job involves knowing your industry’s status quo and looking to its future. Your company relies on your knowledge to help it achieve its business goals. Furthermore, you are to a certain extent expected to guide your employees along their career paths. And of course, you’re also in charge of advancing your own career. In short, a lot of people rely on you to have a good understan ... Read More
Jan2015_Encourage_employees_to_see_challenges
Are your team members afraid of making mistakes? Do they come to you whenever they have a question? Do they await your instructions before tackling any problem, no matter how small?If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then perhaps it’s time to change the way you and your team approach problem solving at work. Because as Marcus Straub writing for the Business Times explains, in order ... Read More
Dec2014_Be_an_effective_leader
You’ve been working in middle management for a number of years, and you’ve decided it’s time to take your career to the next level—to senior management. However, you’re aware that this advancement requires additional know-how and skills. Let’s take a closer look at what knowledge and abilities you need in order to join the ranks of senior management, and examine some ways in which you can acquire ... Read More
Dec2014_Get_the_most_out_of_your_conference
Work-related conferences can be interesting and enlightening. They can allow you to deepen your knowledge about your field and learn about exciting developments. Moreover, they can be good opportunities to establish new business relations and strengthen existing ones. However, most conventions have many speakers, as well as hundreds of attendees. In order to not be overwhelmed, you need a game pl ... Read More
Dec2014_What_Managers_can_learn_from_sports_coaches
In a recent article, BBC Capital pointed out the relationship between performing well in sports and performing well in a career. The article explains that the discipline, self-motivation, and other abilities and traits necessary to succeed in sports—even at a recreational level—are key to succeeding professionally, too. But if employees can learn from athletes, isn’t it logical that managers can l ... Read More
Dec2014_Working_Abroad
In an increasingly global marketplace, many employers are looking for candidates with international experience to help them navigate collaborations and contracts with organizations from other countries. Besides making you more attractive to employers, working overseas can be an exciting career prospect that allows you to broaden your knowledge, practice your intercultural skills, and challenge you ... Read More
Nov2014_LeveragingHealthyCompetition_137962178
Have you ever felt that there’s something lacking in your team’s performance, but you just can’t put your finger on what it is exactly?Though there could be any number of reasons, sometimes underperformance is due to a lack of challenge. And as a manager, you have a powerful tool to challenge your people at your disposal: competition.Of course, unhealthy competition is often seen as a negative thi ... Read More
Nov2014_ValueOfAssimilationPrograms_196145822
Does your company have an onboarding program for new employees? If so, does it include an assimilation process?Consider the following numbers: according to Kelly Services® research, more than half of all employees worldwide experienced an onboarding process when they started with their current employers. Moreover, 80 percent agree this process positively impacted their impressions of their new com ... Read More
Nov2014_BecomeAnExpertInYourField_168150488
How often do you ask knowledgeable colleagues for advice? How many blogs and articles do you read each week? How often do you attend seminars lead by authorities in your field?When you think about it, you’re learning from industry experts all the time. But have you ever considered that at a certain point in your career, you can have everything it takes to be an expert yourself? Moreover, if you wa ... Read More
Nov2014_FlexibleYetEffectiveScheduling_180559742
As a manager, you have your regular deskwork, but a large part of your job involves being there for others. When someone from your team needs your input on something, you’re available. When a client or associate has a concern, you respond. When the C-Suite call a meeting, you attend. Oftentimes, however, these interruptions result in you having to shuffle your schedule and work longer hours in ord ... Read More
Oct2014_TrainEmployeesIsGoodInverstment
According to the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index™, 58 percent of workers worldwide consider training opportunities a reason to accept one job over another. Furthermore, 18 percent state that lack of training opportunities would contribute to the decision to leave an employer. Clearly, offering training can not only enhance your company’s human capital; it can also boost attraction and retention ... Read More
Oct2014_DelegateEffectively
According to the Wall Street Journal, increasingly more managers want to learn how to delegate more effectively. The reason is simple: as a manager, when you rise among the ranks in a company, your responsibilities grow. If you don’t know how to delegate well, you might face the time-consuming negative consequences of bad delegation decisions—not the types of situations that move your career forwa ... Read More
Oct2014_CareerPathDiscussion
When you recruit a new hire, do you have an in-depth discussion about growth options within your company? Do you make it your business to alert your team to training or development options that could help them advance? How often do you sit down with your employees to discuss where their careers are going?According to the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index™, less than half of all employees worldwide ... Read More
Oct2014_DeliverConstructiveCriticism
As a manager, it’s your responsibility to give your employees feedback about their work. Unfortunately, communicating when and how something could have been done better is part of that task. It takes empathy and tact to deliver criticism in a manner that won’t be construed as a personal attack, but rather as an encouragement to improve. In short, delivering constructive criticism is a skill, and i ... Read More
Sept2014_ImprovePublicSpeaking
Speaking in front of an audience. A few lucky people have a natural talent for it and can deliver a winning speech that winds up engaging even the most unsympathetic of audiences. But for the rest of us, public speaking is something that causes a knot to suddenly settle into our stomachs and our throats to go dry.Psychology Today states that the reason we fear public speaking is because we’re afra ... Read More
Sept2014_SolvingPuzzlesBetterManager
Do you solve your newspaper’s daily crossword puzzle in under 20 minutes? Is your idea of a great birthday gift a new book of Sudoku puzzles? Do you have multiple brainteaser apps on your phone?If you’re puzzle aficionado, chances are you have a step up on the rest of us. Because having a knack for puzzles—whether they’re word puzzles, logic puzzles or visual puzzles—could mean you’re a creative p ... Read More
Sept2014_ComanageTeam
Your department has teamed up with another to complete an important project. And though the entire team works for the same company, before long, conflicts arise about how the project is being approached. Or perhaps your team’s working with another company to develop a new product, and frustration is building around the difference in management styles. Or maybe some of your employees spend a lot of ... Read More
Sept2014_TraitsofModManager
It’s no secret that managers need a wide set of skills in order to function effectively. However, with the workplace changing rapidly, the traditional role of the manager is also evolving, meaning that even more skills are required than before. What follows are eight traits of a modern manager.Motivational and inspirational. In the Harvard Business Review, leadership development consulta ... Read More
Aug2014_AccommodatingOlderWorkers.jpg
For many of our grandparents and parents, retirement was a well-earned rest from years of hard work. But nowadays, the desire to remain active and engaged, as well as financial pressures, are encouraging many employees to keep working well beyond traditional retirement age.In fact, studies show that 80 percent of Baby Boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—want to continue to work. And since Gen ... Read More
Aug2014_TipsforAttractingIT
IT workers are in high demand. From computer network architects to database administrators, there’s a lack of skilled talent—a number that’s reflected in consistently low IT unemployment rates. Research shows that between June 2013 and June 2014, the IT jobless rate dropped from 4.2 percent to 3.6 percent. Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most computer and IT occupations are ... Read More
Aug2014_BounceBackfromFailure
The seminar you prepared so carefully wasn’t well received by your peers. The project you’ve been coordinating for months was cancelled because it was far over budget. The promotion you worked towards for the past two years went to your colleague.Failure. It’s painful, scary, and often humbling. And whether it’s a cancelled project or a lost job, it happens to all of us at some point in our lives. ... Read More
Aug2014_DifficultChoices_DecideBetweenTwo
Your company is looking to hire a new employee. For the past month, you’ve been conducting interviews and evaluating potential employees. After perusing countless résumés and conducting a number of interviews, you’ve narrowed it down to two equally qualified applicants whose education, skill levels, and experience make them both a great fit for the position.So which candidate should you choose?Gra ... Read More
July2014_InternationalEmployeeTransition
Would you bow when being introduced to a new colleague? How about giving a gift when meeting a business associate for the first time? Or avoiding eye contact with your boss, even when he’s speaking directly to you?Chances are, you wouldn’t do any of these things. But in other countries where etiquette is different from ours, interactions at work can be very different. And with an increasingly glob ... Read More
July2014_MentoringNotJustForMillennials
According to the January 2013 Census, by 2040, 21 percent of the workforce will be made up of workers aged 65 and over.That’s one in five workers.Why the increase? It’s simple: people are living longer. By working longer, they’re less likely to outlive their income and they stand a better chance of remaining mentally sharp.For employers, this is good news, because it means that the knowledge their ... Read More
July2014_InAndExternalTeams
Your department is tasked with implementing a new, cloud-based storage and sharing system for your company. Simultaneously, you need to develop a dedicated software program that allows employees nationwide to quickly and effectively analyze highly specific data. The majority of your team will have their hands full with the development and population of the new storage and sharing system, which you ... Read More
July2014_YourCompanyistheGreenerPasture
Do you like your company and your colleagues, but you’re just not getting what you want out of your work? Perhaps you had different expectations when you started this job, or perhaps your skills and interests have developed into a related area. Whatever the reason, you’re now seriously considering the option of moving on.If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. According to the 2104 Kelly Global ... Read More
June2014_Task Maps_TN
You manage your company’s PR department, where all positions are filled by qualified candidates you vetted yourself. And at this point, your team’s been working together for 18 months in its current configuration. But somehow, new projects seem to take longer than they should. And though the end results are usually satisfactory, you can’t help but feel there has to be a smoother way to get things ... Read More
June2014_CyberSecurity_TN
Last October, software giant Adobe announced its system had been hacked and the sensitive data of approximately 2.9 million customers had been stolen. Two months later, America’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, stated that hackers had stolen the user information of 465,000 clients. And just weeks after that, on Black Friday, major retailer Target acknowledged that credit and debit card data of 40 mi ... Read More
June2014_ManagementDuringVacation_TN
Snorkeling with your spouse along the coast of the Riviera Maya.Enjoying a long weekend at Disney World with your kids.Practicing your golf swing by day and perfecting your mesquite BBQ skills by night.For most of us, summer is a time of recreation and relaxation. So it’s not strange that many employees are more distracted than usual. Whether it’s daydreaming of upcoming days at the beach, admirin ... Read More
June2014_Volunteering_TN
How would you feel about heading into the streets after work in the winter to hand out blankets and hot soup to homeless people? Would you consider spending your weekends building homes for families in need of shelter?How about taking a few hours every week to accompany physically challenged people on an outing?Whatever your kneejerk reaction is to these scenarios, it’s a simple fact that volunte ... Read More
May2014_ValueOfPeerAssessment
For most managers, employee evaluations are a part of their jobs. After all, maintaining a productive and rewarding work environment requires periodic reviews of where both employee and employer stand. According to Forbes, employee evaluations allow managers to provide employees with meaningful feedback, measure their performance, and address issues that might have otherwise fallen through the cra ... Read More
May2014_5ManagerBlogs
You’re a busy professional. During the week, you’re caught up in the day-to-day operations of your company, and on the weekends, you like to spend quality time with your family. Over the years, however, keeping up with current events has been reduced to listening to the news on the radio when you’re driving to work, and reading trade magazines has become a luxury you very rarely have time for, if ... Read More
May2014_TrainYourBrain
Eating too many cookies in place of lunch. Watching TV instead of working out in the evening. Texting while driving on your way to work. Bad habits? You betcha! Rising at 6 a.m. for a five-mile run. Sending out follow-up emails after meetings. Politely remembering the birthdays of your employees. Good habits? Absolutely!As we all know, it’s much easier to make a habit than to break one. And that’s ... Read More
May2014_ManagingEmotionalWorkers
An inexperienced new hire bursts into tears when you request some revisions to a report she just wrote. One of your team is going through a divorce and is irritable to coworkers and clients alike. A previously productive senior team member is having health problems and has started coming in late most days of the week.In an ideal world, your employees would be happy and productive all the time, and ... Read More
April2014_TalkativeEmployee_TN
Spring is here! And with the extra hours of sunshine, many employees are tempted to linger just a little bit longer at the water cooler, spend a bit more time than necessary on phone calls or be uncharacteristically talkative during meetings. And it's only natural: the change in seasons actually influences humans psychologically. According to Psychology Today, sunshine puts us in a good mood, make ... Read More
April2014_NetworkLikePro_LinkedIn_TN
As most of us know by now, networking forms one of the most important aspects of modern managers' career strategies. The colleagues you work with, the peers you connect with and the acquaintances you lunch with are all valuable contacts when it comes to knowing about career and business opportunities, as well as simply asking for advice or guidance in career-related matters.One of the most powerfu ... Read More
April2014_HorizontalMovesHelp.jpg
"He's climbing the ranks.""She's the company's rising star.""It's lonely at the top."Have you ever stopped to consider how many phrases related to career advancement use upward movement as metaphors? Traditionally, promotions have always been the most craved career moves. Generations of workers have been motivated by the desire to earn positions that entailed higher ranks and bigger paychecks. If ... Read More
April2014_RetainNewTalent_TN
In some industries like technology, health and business, employers are practically lined up waiting for students to graduate. And why not? With in-depth knowledge of the newest technologies and development plus a drive to succeed, many recent grads are energetic and ambitious additions to any team. Combine that with their lower income requirements due to lack of experience and their need to pay of ... Read More
Mar2014_YouNeedLunch_TN
How do you spend your lunch break?Do you use it to check in with your employees one-on-one? Do you grab a sandwich to eat at your desk while you catch up on emails? Or do you skip your lunch break entirely?Chances are, you're one of many workers who don't take advantage of their lunch breaks to step away from work for half an hour or so. And you're not alone: Recent studies show that in the United ... Read More
Mar2014_NeworkingwithLeaders_TN
You’re always busy: at home, at work and even at the gym. You have a nice group of friends you socialize with on a regular basis, and you know everybody you need to know to do your job well. Plus, you meet plenty of new people at the couple of conferences you attend each year. So with your busy schedule, you really don’t want to spend valuable time on networking. And you don’t think you need ... Read More
Mar2014_ElevatorPitches_TN
You go to the biggest trade conferences. You attend professional industry events. And you frequent the same social venues as the big players in your company or even your field. But when the opportunity presents itself to speak to your CEO, a prospective client or future business ally, are you ready to make an impression in one minute or less?That’s where the elevator pitch comes in. An eleva ... Read More
Mar2014_MeditationandManagement_TN
What do founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio, Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company Bill Ford have in common?They all meditate.And they’re not alone: Business leaders such as Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods, Robert Stiller of Green Mountain Coffee Roaster and Padmasree Warrior of Cisco Systems are also meditation practitioners.So ... Read More
Feb2014_ReturningafterLeave
You've just earned your Master's degree after a long leave of absence from your job. Or maybe you've completed your sabbatical year and will be returning to the lecture hall next month. Or perhaps you're a new parent and have been away from the workplace on maternity or paternity leave. No matter the reason, when you've taken time off work for a significant development in your life, returning to t ... Read More
Feb2014_ProfDevResponsibility
Things change fast in the workplace. From new techniques and technology to new trends and markets, it's imperative you stay on top of things if you want to remain competitive. In fact, author Alexandra Levit, quoted in US News, claims, "If you don't [focus on professional development], you won't be marketable in your field in five years." Moreover, if you're looking to advance your career and earn ... Read More
Feb2014_BridgingGenGap
There's a struggle going on in today's workplace. Not a struggle for power; but a struggle between colleagues with significant age differences-sometimes as much as 30 or 40 years.Though all of us understand the concept that a large age difference almost always results in some form of a generation gap, the question is why this problem's so prevalent in our current society? What makes younger worker ... Read More
Feb2014_TwoOffices
A growing number of companies are branching out to reach more expansive markets. However, sometimes they find it impossible to hire the necessary number of managers right away. Capital constraints and lack of qualified candidates can result in existing managers' being placed at the head of two departments- in two different locations.For somebody in or recently appointed to this type of position, m ... Read More
Jan2014_Approach boss about career advancement
You've been in your current position for a couple of years and you've got it down. There's no assignment too difficult, no client too demanding for you to handle. And during the past couple of weeks, you've been giving a promotion some serious thought.But how do you go about this?One thing you can do is simply wait until an in-house opportunity comes along and apply for the job. Or you can set you ... Read More
Jan2014_Better Planner
You arrive at work, look over your schedule and start reading your emails, only to find one of your teams has an emergency they need you to deal with right now. Since dealing with this issue will take a minimum of four hours, you'll be running to catch up with the rest of your schedule and responsibilities for the day, or even most of the week. You can already feel the tension building because you ... Read More
Jan2014_Managing Interns
Are you considering hiring an intern, but you're afraid it will be an overly time consuming endeavor? Perhaps you've heard stories from colleagues who've hired interns, only to have to disappoint them when the intern applied for a paid position. Or maybe you don't think your organization can benefit from hiring interns at all.The truth is, internships are becoming increasingly commonplace. One rea ... Read More
Jan2014_Setting New Year Goals
Happy New Year! As we all know, a new year is an excellent opportunity to make resolutions and set new goals. Exercising more, spending more quality time with your loved ones and advancing your career are among the more popular personal resolutions.But have you given any thought to setting goals with the team you lead at work? Or how to implement those goals?According to the Wall Street Journal, b ... Read More
Dec2013CommonGround_TN
As managers, it's important to monitor the morale and interactions of our team members. And while it's unrealistic to expect stellar results from every project, there are few things more demoralizing than a worker who's quick to point the finger elsewhere when common expectations aren't met. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior more often than not leads to friction between team members and stands ... Read More
Dec2013PrioritizeProduct_TN
Does your to-do list give you nightmares? Worse: perhaps you're sacrificing sleep to catch up on tasks before or after regular work hours. It's an unfortunate truth that the amount of professional duties associated with a management position can, at times, become overwhelming. When you feel as if you're drowning in work, your stress levels rise, your mood plummets and your productivity suffers. An ... Read More
Dec2013OfficeWars_TN
In the ideal professional world, all co-workers get along. There are no arguments, rifts or mean-spirited rivalries. People understand their respective roles in the team and appreciate how their colleagues contribute to the end product.Unfortunately, in the real world, this isn't always the case.It's not uncommon for colleagues to dislike each other. Often, this results in avoidance or rivalry; so ... Read More
Dec2013OverlyAmbitious_TN
Many employers consider ambition to be a valuable trait in their workers. Oftentimes, employees who are looking to forward their positions in a company or even in their greater professional fields arehard workers who are eager to be challenged; don't shy away from added responsibilities; and, since they're determined to succeed, can be relied on to meet company objectives and project deadlines. Wh ... Read More
 Using Social Media the Way Celebrities Do
Lady Gaga has 40,250,019. Justin Bieber has 45,805,971. Kim Kardashian has 18,580,384.No, it’s not fans, nor is it dollars. It’s followers on Twitter.In stark contrast, Apple has 57,221 followers; Microsoft has 3,045,208 and Coca-Cola has 1,985,334.How is it that young celebrities who have been in the public eye for comparatively short periods of time can have such large (and continuously growing) ... Read More
Fun Ways to Thank Business Contacts
The holidays are not only great for spending time with your loved ones; they’re also an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships with clients, contractors and other business contacts. But with today’s diversity of cultures and religions, it’s easy to miss the mark by sending a Christmas card to someone who doesn’t celebrate that particular holiday, or by wishing someone a Happy New Year w ... Read More
Worst Business Decisions
Bad business decisions are regrettable, but the worst business decisions are often legendary.Decca Records rejected the Beatles in 1962, stating, “Guitar groups are on the way out, Mr. Epstein.” As we all know, those four young musicians from Liverpool went on to sign with EMI and become one of history’s greatest bands, selling more than 2 billion albums worldwide.History is dotted with examples o ... Read More
Shaping Company Culture to Make Restructuring a Success
Business is a science, and one that has a hard and immediate bottom line. That’s why experts dedicate time and money to adapting business models to ever-evolving economic demands. Most recently, organizations have started adopting the matrix model. Though it might sound like a science-fiction movie, the matrix refers to a structure in which any one position or department is accountable to multiple ... Read More
Corporate Leadership: How to Foster Knowledge Workers at Every Level of Your Company
BusinessDictionary.com defines knowledge workers as “employees such as data analysts, product developers, planners, programmers and researchers who are engaged primarily in acquisition, analysis and manipulation of information as opposed to in production of goods or services.” The term, first coined in 1969 by management authority Peter Drucker, originally illustrated the difference between manual ... Read More
The Six Styles of Corporate Leadership
Steve Job’s was visionary. Donald Trump’s is commanding. And Richard Branson’s is democratic.No, we’re not talking about the aforementioned business leaders’ favorite adjectives, though they might qualify as such. We’re talking about leadership styles.According to John W. Gardner, “Leadership is the process of persuasion or example by which an individual (or leadership team) induces a group to pur ... Read More
The Secret of Creating a Culture of Success
Over the last century, numerous companies have been founded. Some were gone almost as quickly as they started. Others— think of the major players of the dot-com revolution in the late 1990s like Lycos—rose to prominence overnight. And yet others, like Ford Motor Company and, more recently, Google, have gone the distance, growing gradually over the years while consistently recovering from minor and ... Read More
Whatever Ever Happened to Planning
What’s the most significant difference between successful business leaders and everybody else? The answer is simple: successful business leaders have a vision, and they know how to strategize and plan accordingly. And though this may sound like a process that includes specific steps and actions, it’s important to realize the process of successful planning is much more organic than that.Whether you ... Read More
setp13corporate
You don’t have to be a Francophile or even a connoisseur of haute couture to recognize the name Dior. Although Dior has been a known brand in most of Europe and the United States since the middle of the 20th century, its expansion into Asia is a more recent development. One of the people credited with this growth is Moroccan-born CEO Sidney Toledano, who successfully concentrated on creating a mor ... Read More
sept13evaluating
Employee evaluations are among the most difficult staff management aspects of any supervisor’s job. Even if you’re a seasoned professional accustomed to conducting regular performance reviews, judging your employees’ performance and communicating your findings to them can be stressful – especially with anxious employees. And if you’re new to the job or the company, being the "newbie" who delivers ... Read More
sept13culture
“What’s the most recent movie you watched?”“Do you enjoy outdoors sports?”“What do you think is your best personality trait?”If you guessed that these are all conversation starters for a first date, you were right. But did you know that these questions could have been asked during a job interview? That’s right: The conventional, skill-based job interview is losing ground to the culture-based one.O ... Read More
sept13write
Do you always run the spell check option on your word processing program? What about the grammar check? When you’re preparing an important document, be it a cover letter or an internal report, do you have a colleague double-check it for errors or style anomalies? If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then congratulations, you’re willing to go the extra mile to communicate correctly. But ... Read More
TMMAUGUST-2013
Labor Market Momentum Moderates A somewhat disappointing jobs report for July, as the pace of employment growth slowed, and underlying hours and earnings figures dipped.The unemployment rate improved to a lower-than expected 7.4%, but labor force participation also edged downward.U.S. economic performance has been lackluster in the first half of 2013, and labor market progress also remains stuck i ... Read More
Healthcare Management
 Imagine: you’re browsing through the Sunday paper and, in the classifieds, a job announcement catches your eye. It’s not the size of the ad that stands out nor its placement on the page; it’s three intriguing words: “Experience NOT preferred.”The statement is featured too prominently to be a typo, but you wonder: how could a lack of experience be considered an advantage?Upon reading the ad more c ... Read More
aug13MythsvsTruths
Here’s a truth: the human race has been hooked on myths since Beowulf. And we show no signs of kicking this time-tested storytelling habit anytime soon. Myths appeal to our humanity, make for great re-telling and are rarely verifiable. Their appeal, however, is sometimes matched by their danger. History is dotted with people who landed themselves in heaps of trouble after making life-altering deci ... Read More
Aug13leadership
Who hasn’t heard of Sir Richard Branson? Do you lose count when asked to guess how many articles you’ve read about The Virgin Group? Branson is hailed as one of the most charismatic and successful business leaders of our time, with endeavors that range from music superstores and mobile phones to air travel, most recently increasing his cruising altitude to space! So to what does this business magn ... Read More
EQaug13
Have you ever presented a proposal at a department meeting, only to have it unceremoniously shot down by your boss? If so, the experience probably didn’t fill you with confidence or the desire to give your proposal another try. However, if at the same meeting, your boss had patiently listened to your presentation, made notes, and politely offered constructive criticism, you most likely would have ... Read More
kgwijun13
The 2013 Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI) brings together work and workplace insights sourced from more than 120,000 respondents from 31 countries across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions.It takes the form of an annual survey that canvasses a wide spectrum of opinions on issues impacting the contemporary workplace, with a particular focus on the perspectives from different generations, indust ... Read More
TMMJULY2013
Solid Employment Gains and Broadly Positive TrendsJune’s continued strong hiring and wage growth figures are encouraging signs of a brightening –and tightening—labor market.The unemployment rate held steady despite an increase in the labor force, suggesting that the economy may be increasingly able to absorb more workers.Although the employment picture is largely positive, tepid economic condition ... Read More
PLANjuly13
Whether leaders use proven professional recruiting firms or employ a more hands-on, DIY approach to find talented employees, outstanding managers create a plan and formula that works for them. While there are few rules leaders must follow to design a winning formula, there are some simple, automatic components that should appear in all successful recruiting programs.Even those managers and employe ... Read More
declutterjuly13
 Are you happy with your brand—or your company’s public facing identity? Does it convey quality, and a simple message to consumers and customers? If not, it’s time to make a commitment to getting your company and your customers on the same page with clear, targeted messaging and images that simplify what you want to communicate. As the business world becomes more complex, branding effort ... Read More
Diverse Teams
Diversity in the workplace has been saluted by HR experts, management consultants and observers from all industries. However, research on the effectiveness of culturally or educationally diverse teams is inconclusive about the help or harm to teams with this diversity.Diverse Team PositivesAssembling diverse teams can generate outstanding performance for the following reasons.Teammates have differ ... Read More
US Talen Market Monthly June Image 180 by 180
Job creation continued along a steady path in May, with employers adding a respectable 175,000 workers to their payrolls during the month. Although employment growth figures for the prior two months were revised slightly downward, the U.S. economy has added nearly a million jobs so far in 2013, suggesting that the labor market is holding up in the face of an uncertain economic climate. Overall, ... Read More
Essential Characteristics Your Project Managers Should Possess Image
All executives are project managers, regardless of their job title. Those with a project manager title, like all successful executives, display similar characteristics. These features generate success for all managers, whether they have projects or other responsibilities. Projects come in a wide variety of subjects, complexity and goals. Therefore, there are equally different types of project man ... Read More
Learn the Secrets Leaders Use to Institute Change Without Pain Image
Every experienced executive has faced the pain, if not lack of cooperation, from staff when the company even hints at workplace or organizational change. Installing the changes only exacerbates this already tenuous situation. Why “Workplace Change” Is a Dreaded Phrase Next to “You’re fired,” the phrase “workplace change” seems to be the most dreaded word combination many employees can hear. Staf ... Read More
Infuse Self Esteem in Your Staff But Understand Its Limitations Image
Positive self-esteem is an important component in an employee’s performance. However, it is far from the only component. Infusing positive self-esteem in your staff is a worthy goal, as long as you don't expect miracles. What Is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem, per se, is a rather neutral term. According to the Mayo Clinic, “self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself.” You could use the phrase mad ... Read More
Are Wome Leaders Influencing Management Behavior Image
A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, James Heskett, Baker Foundation Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School has generated discussion again. His April 2013 article asks a seemingly innocent question. “Will Women Leaders Influence the Way We Work?” Heskett solicits comments regarding the importance—or lack thereof—of ‘leadership gender’ as it may or may not influence th ... Read More
Employee Engagement Is an Individual Decision Image
You are probably aware that employers across the US and in many foreign countries are making concentrated efforts to get their employees and customers engaged. Many employers are using social media, particularly Facebook, to “talk” with customers and get them engaged. Employee engagement efforts can run the gamut of creative activities. Successful efforts get their employees to care about their c ... Read More
Managing Disengagement at Staff and Management Meetings Image
You have probably attended or moderated meetings during which one or more attendees either subtly or outwardly displayed negativism and/or blatant disengagement. If your company has made concentrated efforts to get their staff engaged and motivated, this behavior is even more troubling. Engaged Employees Depending on the employee’s personality, position on the organization chart and level ... Read More
How to Make Your Business Plan an Effective Tool Image
Business plans have been a staple of American companies, from the largest to smallest, for decades. Used to create roadmaps to success, obtain business loans, attract investors and plot the future of startup companies, business plans come in all shapes, sizes, complexity, colors and languages. The Process As many veterans of the business jungle are aware, the process of building a business plan ... Read More
How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Commitments Image
Executives face an overwhelming number of commitments on a daily basis. Have you ever felt—or commonly feel—like you’re sprinting from task to task without really accomplishing anything? Take heart. This is an all-to-common and natural condition. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for busy professionals to spend too much time apologizing for unfinished projects, delayed results or commitments unfulf ... Read More
Avoid These Steps in Helping Your Employees Develop Career Plans Image
A study by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) named 18 conditions that should exist in the workplace for employees to become engaged. The SHRM then asked employees to rank these conditions at their workplace and rate their satisfaction with each. Their rankings displayed that many employers did not offer sufficient training, professional development opportunities and career develop ... Read More
Accept the You Cant Have It All At Least Not at the Same Time Image
Everyone wants it all—at the same time and immediately, if possible. If our choices are wealth or freedom, we still hate to pick one. We want both. Admirable, but typically an exercise in futility. Decisions, Decisions As a successful executive, you’ll be faced with short- and long-term career decisions on a regular basis. While experienced executives become comfortable with corporate decision-m ... Read More
Use the Start Keep Stop technique to Become a Better Executive Image
You've probably studied or read up on numerous management techniques to help perfect your executive style, brand and effectiveness. Adopting those techniques that you value, possibly discarding the rest, you have developed a style that has proven to be successful. Don’t stop now. Management Techniques Some new techniques to improve management performance are so theoretical or complex that they p ... Read More
Learn the Real Secret to Selling Yourself Image
With the hundreds of books, articles, personal coaches and instructional videos available on making good impressions and selling yourself, you might think that all the “secrets” have been exposed in one forum or another. You may have even decided to “tune out” further advice as your psyche is suffering from information overload. Yet, establishing your personal brand has never been more important. ... Read More
How to Regenerate Your Creative Confidence Image
When you were a child, your creativity was immense. You gloried in your imagination, drawings and pretend games. Children are no different today, as you will quickly learn if you just watch them playing. In spite of all the complex and technological toys available today, many children can have more fun with an empty cardboard box. Why? They can use their imagination to turn that empty box into wh ... Read More
Are You Managing Your Companys Online Reputation Image
You may be heavily involved in your company’s branding efforts. Do you also understand that your customers are constantly talking about your company? Most of their comments are broadcast throughout the galaxy. Are you managing and influencing your company’s online reputation? In addition to the influential social media sites, the number of customer review websites seems to be growing unchecked. T ... Read More
Teaching Leadership Where Would You Start Image
If you believe good leaders are born, not made, you may want to rethink your position. Numerous techniques have been recommended and tried over the past 30 years, albeit with mixed results. Authors and Harvard Business School faculty members, Scott Snook, Dean Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, have brought together the sum of knowledge gleaned from these experiments and approaches. Their publicati ... Read More
s Your Leadership Position Founded on Behavior or Skill Image
Behavior or skill? Skill or behavior? Successful leaders need both. But, is one factor more important than the other? Further, is your leadership style based on your behavior or your skill set? Skills A wealth of skills is a necessary component of good leadership. Without advanced skills, even charismatic leaders may lead their followers to nowhere. Even if you have earned a plethora of professi ... Read More
How to Create Effective Teams in the 21st Century Image
Businesses focus on teams to get things done. These things may be minor tasks that need doing-- or major, creative projects that can determine the future success or failure of an organization. However, while there is not exactly a rising crescendo of negative voices disclaiming the value of teams, there are respected observers who dispute traditional team construction. One of those dissenters is ... Read More
Questions Leaders Should Ask the Face in the Mirror Image
Confronting the face in the mirror with tough management questions is not the most pleasurable experience at times. However, Robert S. Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, maintains it simply must be done. As Kaplan so eloquently states, “Show me a company or nonprofit or government in trouble, and I will almost invariably show you a set of leaders who are aski ... Read More
How to Align Your Workplace Strategies with Organizational Goals Image
Sometimes management treats workplace and operational strategies as standalone issues. Your workplace policies and procedures should always be in perfect alignment with your organization’s overall goals and objectives. Can you think of any valid reason why they should not be aligned? If various reasons come to mind, you might want to examine the rationale a bit deeper. Upon further examination, y ... Read More
You drag yourself into the still deserted office. Wearily, you make your way to your cubicle, which is beginning to look more familiar than your bedroom. As you wake your computer, you realize the machine got four hours more rest than you did last night.Your calendar immediately sends a reminder about your noon meeting with a VIP client… and an equally important teleconference at three. Two-thirds ... Read More

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