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Feedback is essential to the professional development process.
As you advance professionally you will be placed in more situations
in which you will need to give feedback to others. Letting your
direct reports know how well they are doing is usually the
enjoyable part of the feedback loop. It’s when a difficult
message has to be given that many managers and leaders stumble.
Whether the information needs to be shared with an individual, a
group or an entire organization, these instances can...
Most job seekers rely exclusively on job boards and their resume
to get them a position. Unfortunately, using this conservative
approach, there is upward of a 90% chance that your resume will
never be seen by a hiring manager. If you have been frustrated with
the job search results that you’ve been getting, now might be
the ideal time to put together a bolder and more aggressive
campaign. Rather than relying on your resume, the approach that I
recommend focuses on getting your name, your ideas...
When you have a lot at stake or a very high interest in an
outcome, you’re more likely to do a better job (or at least
try to). Your team members feel the same way. If they don’t
enjoy their work, they won’t be motivated to spend
discretionary effort on the strategic goals you set for them.
Wouldn’t you rather be surrounded by people in whom you have
full trust and confidence they will get things done?
Your team will have more ownership in their work if you
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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 and leadership of a company.
When I work with an organization, structure is one of the
components I examine,...
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 results of a recent
Gallup survey on employee engagement show that less than one-third
of those responding...
"There are no stupid questions," says Steve Wolff, CEO of AMS, a
consulting company for the performing arts. In fact, questions that
begin, "This may be a stupid question, but …" are devilishly
effective. They can not only prevent misunderstandings, but also
keep expectations in check.
As a consultant, Steve is paid to ask questions. He's found that
asking "stupid" questions gets people to open up, whereas pointed
questions can put people on the defensive (at least initially).
When Steve spoke...
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Headlines in 2007 were overloaded with safety issues and
recalls. Whether in the design / development phase or on the
production line, safety issues were overlooked on a regular basis.
What’s going on? Have businesses become so profit-obsessed
that they overlook even the most obvious safety factors?
Children’s toys with lead paint … Bunk beds, lounge
chairs, and hammocks that collapse … Bicycle forks with
insufficient welds … Propane BBQ’s missing hoses to
I was recently hired to "assist" an Executive Assistant with
her job duties (both positions are full-time). During the
interviewing process, I was told she was very inundated with a
heavy work load and needed someone to work WITH HER. She is
an 'older' woman (early 60's) and has been working at this company
for over 17 years. I am 50, so there is not a huge age
During the interview process, I made it perfectly clear that I
was a go-getter who...
With various sectors of our economy falling apart left and
right, many businesses are closing, or cutting back at the very
least. As a result, thousands of employees each month are being let
Some of the businesses that have been around longer are
handling the need to let employees go by asking them to take a
voluntary buyout package, which usually involves a hefty
compensation package. Depending on the person, this could be good
or bad. If you have been, or are about to be, offered a voluntary