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Nothing is easy today.
When I lived in the U.S.—I currently work in Dubai—I
would always marvel at late night TV commercials. My take was that
whatever it is that ails you, just turn on late night TV and you
would invariably find a product that could solve your problem.
That same feeling comes over me as I browse the Internet. There
are 5-6 or perhaps even 10 ways to increase engagemen...
Managers have been getting a lot of attention lately. They've
been the subject of hundreds of books on leadership, teamwork,
empowerment and excellence. They've been struggling to find their
place in the new order of things. It hasn't been easy. In years
past, when a manager said, "Jump!" employees said, "How high?"
Today, when a manager says, "Jump!" employees say, "Why?" because
they want to und...
One of the eternal quests of the modern business leader is the
search for the Holy Grail of worker motivation—as if
there’s just one secret, one formula or recipe, that will
instantly and permanently push a team’s productivity through
the roof. It’s a nice fantasy, but you quickly learn that
nothing works for everyone. Fortunately, most people respond well
to intrinsic rewa...
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Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure,
determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend
much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something
breaks, and so it goes with organizations.
How an organization is structured basically means how the
reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a
great deal about the culture, function a...
With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why
they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a
complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work,
then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult,
and something to be suffered.
While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is
not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...
What questions can employers legally ask? When
dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back
they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or
misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I
am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12
years ago that was a false charge to begin with.
This is a great question that a lot o...
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There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re left out
of the loop – especially when it comes to your career. But
because there can be so many changes taking place in your field,
you can look up one day and realize your entire industry has left
With the economy changing as quickly as it is, you can’t
afford to not know what the latest trends are. Including wh...
When we go to work each day, each of us participates in a unique
workplace community where we share common values with others while
accomplishing certain goals. So why is it some people insist on
criticizing others when those people are trying to uphold community
Before I continue, let's look closer at the word "community." It
comes from the Latin word communis, which means "common, pub...
This week, a little spot quiz for you:
Imagine, a senior manager stops by during your team meeting.
Could you, if asked, introduce each individual in the room
providing the following information?
How long they have been with the company
Role on the team
Special strengths they bring to the team
Current project and why it is important
If you don't have all of this informa...