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Dear Joan: I was
recently promoted to a senior executive position in my company. I
have worked with most of my direct subordinates for many years as
their peer and now I find myself in the role of their
Fortunately, my relationship with them is very
good. My concern is that I must evaluate them at the end of the
year and complete their performance review. Please be assured that
I am not hesi...
Great managers understand that in order for your team members to
be productive and do a great job, they need to have the right
tools. Some need blazing-fast computing power; others require
smartphones and tablets that let them do their work on the go;
still others might require specialized instruments to maximize
their performance. Whatever the case, all of them need consistent
If you want to get the most out of the meetings you lead, you
must know how to manage different situations as they come up. Any
group of people working together will bring a wide range of needs
and abilities that you can direct, much like a traffic cop at a
Before we look at some problem situations, let's consider the
important leadership characteristics that establish a ...
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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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Do you want to be the best manager around and earn the
respect you deserve?
Do you want to motivate your staff, increase their
productivity and be a super-successful manager?
Of course you do. I mean, who wouldn't?
Well this is what it takes.
Top successful managers never overlook this fact: loyal,
productive employees are one of your biggest assets. From corporate
cubicles to the factory floor, i...
One of the most important parts of getting employee recognition
just right is making sure to tailor it to each employee. Of course,
this means you need to know your people and what motivates them
(and what doesn’t). Some people don’t like to be
singled out or publicly recognized, while others may thrive on it!
In fact, some employees may prefer a simple thank-you note or a
What brings success? Is it better leaders? Better products?
Better salespeople? What about better performance management
systems? Any of the above may bring some level of improvement, but
research by the consulting company VitalSmarts reveals that
sustained top performance can be tied to one thing; how
well people communicate within a company.
More specifically, sustained success requires a cultur...