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Dear Joan: I work for a small business as a
supervisor. We have 75 employees who are very dedicated and we work
hard all year. A few of us were talking recently about how hard it
is to concentrate during the summer months. We live in Michigan and
when summer comes, it's hard to come to work when it's so nice
We were trying to think of some things that we could do that
would be fun t...
Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t
tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their
teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I
hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been
able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing
teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone
expected the best of...
The best of the best project managers are part people-master and
Over at the
American Management Association, Tom Kendrick, author of
Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them, asked
readers how to assess if they have what it takes to be successful
project managers (PMs). What qualities do the
best PMs most frequently display?
best project managers ar...
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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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Am I leading into the future or am I managing the present?
David McLaughlin, former Chairman of the Red Cross and past
President of Dartmouth College, said that he always knew when he
was leading or managing. It was simply a matter of time. If he was
handling issues that were one-to-five years on the horizon, he was
leading. If the problems were closer to the present, he was
Leaders are ...
As a child, your parents probably encouraged you to do the right
thing. When you were smaller, they guided you in the right
direction, encouraging you to “say thank you,”
“ask nicely,” or “be kind.” As we grew, our
parents expected us to still do the right thing, but they gave us
more freedom to decide what the right thing was. Sometimes things
were black and wh...
My company has recently instituted a flexible schedule
policy. Any employee wishing to go to a flexible schedule
must get the approval of his/her immediate supervisor, as well as
the department head.
I have the approval of my immediate supervisor to begin
working a compressed workweek (four 10-hour days), but our
department head has denied the request. His reaso...