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B2B X Workplace Trends You’ll See in 2017
Due to demographic shifts and rapid technological advancements, the U.S. workplace is undergoing exciting changes. For managers, it’s key to be informed about how these changes will affect the workplace so they can proactively harness them to their organizations’ advantage. What follows are the top eight workplace trends you can expect in 2017.1. Gen Z begins to make its mark in the workplace. A l ... Read More
B2B Use your fears to advance your career
Does the thought of organizing a high profile conference sponsored by your company make you break into a cold sweat?Are you having nightmares about handling an account for an important overseas client whose customs are very different from ours?Are you constantly anxious that you’ll unwittingly make a mistake at work that will cost you your job?Nearly everyone has at least one career-related fear. ... Read More
B2B Supporting your remote employees’ career development
Recent research shows an interesting trend regarding remote workers. In the Forbes article titled “Are Remote Workers Happier and More Productive? New Survey offers Answers,” Victor Lipman shares that overall, telecommuting workers score considerably higher than the average when it comes to being happy in their job; how valued they feel at work; and how productive they are.Despite all of this, man ... Read More
B2B Strategies for helping your employees through organizational change
From virtual workplace apps to risk-management software, the number and kind of innovations changing how we work and connect with customers are coming fast and furious. As a result, many companies are undergoing organizational change—in particular digital transformation—in order to streamline their business processes and establish more effective ways to market their services or products.However, m ... Read More
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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
B2B The Value of Upskilling
In recent years, companies have repeatedly experienced how new, disruptive technologies keep changing the world of work. Digital transformation has an impact on the kind of products and services customers want, as well as on how companies produce and deliver them. For example, thanks to wearables, hyper connectivity, and big data analytics, physicians can now not only monitor their patients’ vital ... Read More
B2B The Importance of Asking Employees for Feedback
How often do you ask your employees for feedback on your own performance—and actually receive an objective answer?It’s a difficult question to answer, but as a manager, you should consider it nonetheless, because there’s a lot of truth to the saying, “People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.” Over the past years, a number of reliable surveys have been conducted into the reasons employees quit ... Read More
B2B Tips for Handling Year End Stress
It was still dark when you left for work this morning. Due to a heavy rainstorm, your commute took 30 minutes longer than usual. And when you arrived at the office, you discovered that two of your employees had called in sick with the flu. Since you’re on a deadline, this means you’ll have to take on their most pressing tasks and divide the remaining responsibilities between the rest of the team—w ... Read More
B2B How to Show Employees You're Grateful
It’s the time of year when the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and whenever you go out, you have to bundle up in winter gear just to stop your fingers and toes from turning into icicles. It’s also the season when we all start to look forward to the holidays as a welcome break from the cold and dark. And here in the U.S., the one holiday celebrated from coast to coast is, of course, Thanks ... Read More
Seven publications every manager should read
If you’re a good manager, you make sure to stay up to date on developments in your industry. If you’re a great manager, you also stay up to date on developments in the field of management. Reading the following seven publications will help:1.Harvard Business Review: As one of the most respected business magazines in the world, Harvard Business Review provides academic insights into developments an ... Read More
Pairing Gen Z with Baby Boomers: The value of cross-generational mentoring
It seems like just a few years ago that managers and HR professionals everywhere were talking about the impact of Millennials in the workplace. Millennials, also known as Gen Y, were different from Gen X and Baby Boomers. The first generation to have grown up with hyper connectivity and social media, they had their own distinct views of why and how to work. Those views initially shook up the workp ... Read More
Get better results by maintaining a good work-life
It’s no news that Millennial employees value a good work-life balance. Over the past years, numerous hiring managers have leveraged this fact to attract top talent. However, managers themselves often find it difficult to strike a good balance between work and their personal lives. This can be caused by an organizational culture where regular employees are encouraged to maintain a good work-life ba ... Read More
Effective Company Retreat Do’s and Don’ts
Fall is a good time for an annual retreat. Most of your employees are well-rested after the summer. New entry-level hires often start in August or September, so a retreat provides an opportunity for them to get to know everyone. In addition, for most industries, fall is a relatively slow time of year, which makes it easier to shut down the office. Finally, with Q4 ahead of you, it’s a good time to ... Read More
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How would you like to take six months off work? Or maybe even a year?Chances are, your first thought is, “Sounds great!” And your next thoughts are, “How will I pay for it? And what about my job?”Of course, those are both good questions. But you might be surprised to learn that an increasing number of professionals are taking sabbaticals—periods of extended leave—with full approval of their employ ... Read More
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It’s a well-publicized fact that networking is a critical aspect of every manager’s life. Professionals who have large networks and maintain strong relationships with their contacts feel more supported and are more likely to hear about business and career opportunities than those who don’t.However, with increased connectivity and globalization, networking has expanded considerably. Thanks to Linke ... Read More
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Summer’s over, and that means everyone’s back in the office. But with temperatures still high and the days still long, some of your employees might feel less engaged than usual. Especially after everyone’s seen each other’s vacation photos and had the opportunity to catch up, the reality of the nine to five routine can suddenly feel like a real drag.As the manager, you’re fully aware of the cost o ... Read More
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Nobody likes to fail.However, when you’re a manager leading a team that aims to excel and innovate, it’s an inevitable part of the job. In fact, in a Harvard Business Review article titled “Increase Your Return on Failure,” Julian Birkshaw and Martine Haas cited a survey that showed that 31 percent of professionals believed a risk-averse culture was a major obstacle to innovation.It’s only logical ... Read More
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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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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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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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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
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
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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
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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
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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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 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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