Category: Employee Engagement Tips for Managers

Manage Smarter 55: Workplace Humor Minefield – Do’s and Don’ts

Scott Dikkers is the founder of TheOnion.com, The AV Club and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “How To Write Funny.” He’s also been named to TIME magazine’s Top 50 “Cyber Elites” alongside Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and George Lucas. In this episode, we discuss: how workplace humor can be a danger area;
the 11 different kinds of jokes and literary devices; and the difference between creatives and non-creatives spheres in the workplace.

Has the “Lens of Power” Distorted Your Leadership Role?

Everyone has praised your idea. Nobody has suggested any improvements. Either you are the most amazing product development manager ever, or your team members are afraid to tell you the truth.

Manage Smarter 50: The Money Map Every Manager Should Show Employees

Michael Houlihan is the co-founder of Barefoot Wine, now, the world’s largest wine brand. He, along with Bonnie Harvey, are consultants, international keynote speakers and New York Times Bestselling authors. In episode 50, we discuss: the definition of The Money Map and why every manager should show this to their employees; how to get employees to understand where their salaries come from; how to identify and hire a “hustle” mentality; and the unique concept of a Two-Division Company (Sales and Sales Support).

How To Build A Company Of Winners

One of the first things Tony Chatman heard when he became a senior manager was, “you’ve just lost the luxury of having a bad day.”

Why You and Your Team Should Build Relationships Through Social Media

Is it time to refresh your management style? Maybe so – especially if you rose  in your company’s ranks a while ago.

How to Help Your Employees Speak Up in Meetings

You may not have suffered from the problem, but some of your employees do. I’m talking about the fear of speaking up in meetings.

Do Your Employees Dare to Raise a White Flag on You?

If you’re still locked into the mindset of giving your employees annual performance appraisals, you’re involved in malpractice. That’s the wisdom shared by Wally Hauck, PhD.

Manage Smarter 42: Social Media is the New Cold Call

Lea Woodford is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of SmartFem.com and SmartFem TV. SmartFem was created as a result of her many years as a publicist, columnist as well as a radio and television personality. In this episode, we discuss: how to provide value via cold call outreach on social media – which is vital in recruiting new talent, how smart technology is the pathway to further warm leads and the benefits of using Facebook Groups.

Tom Peters: The Magic of Managing by Wandering Around

Tom Peters has been writing books and advising CEOs since before many of us were born. His ideas are as trendsetting and important now as they were thirty years ago. When he joined us on our Manage Smarter podcast earlier this year, he reminded us of what business leaders need to do to achieve excellence

Termination Isn’t the Only Way to Handle an Underperforming Team Member

We all know it’s expensive and difficult to replace an existing employee. You may be able to save yourself time and money by training your underperformer and coaching them on how to be more engaged.

How to Engage the Employee You Didn’t Promote

We’ve all had times when we haven’t been able to give an employee a key assignment or the raise they deserve. After a while, employees who receive too many pieces of bad news gradually disengage.

Manage Smarter 40: Bullying, White Flags and Performance Reviews

Wally Hauck, PhD., CSP helps leaders to STOP managing people and START creating an environment of Self-Management. He is the author of the books “Stop the Leadership Malpractice: How to Replace the Typical Performance Appraisal” and “The Art of Leadership: 3 Principles for Predictable Performance Improvement.” In episode 40, we discuss: why performance appraisals are leadership malpractice, shifting performance appraisals to quality interactions and how managers can short-circuit bullies.

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