Tag: goal setting

Managers: Are You Avoiding Talking to Your Employees?

You’ve got strengths and weaknesses – things you like working on and things you’d like to never have to do again. If one of the tasks you find yourself avoiding is talking with your team members, you’ll have to address this problem.

Collaboration: When Is It OK to Say No?

Collaboration. The practice is celebrated. The practice is credited with the development of exciting new products. And, collaboration is criticized for chewing up the time of key contributors.

Are Your Top Performers Reluctant About Management Roles?

As we near the end of 2017, is your organization thinking about enhancing its learning and development programs to better prepare new managers for their roles? If your company is like most, the commitment to talent development is huge.

Are You Controlling Too Many Decisions in Your Organization?

Leaders know they are ultimately responsible for decisions made by people in their organizations. But no leader should be involved in every decision that must be made.

Do You Know How to Keep Your Team Motivated?

Do your team members feel like they’re drowning under the weight of the workload that keeps getting tossed their way? In high-stress situations, your people can start to burn out.

Are Your Team Members Operating in an Information Vacuum?

Have you detected trouble on your team lately? Are people arguing instead of focusing on work? The root of the problem may be that your people are operating in an information vacuum.

Should You Be Offering Opportunity Instead of Promotion?

Are too many of your employees locked into the mindset that equates promotion with career advancement? If you don’t manage these expectations properly, you’ll disappoint your employees and create organizational dysfunction.

How to Stop Slackers From Dragging Down Your Team

Teamwork. What could be more rewarding to your employees than being assigned to work on a big project that includes multiple workers from different departments? Unfortunately, not everybody comes to a project with the intent and energy that you, as a manager, envisions.

The One Thing That Helps Build Self-Improving Reps

Whenever I have a chance, I like to talk to participants in my sales management workshop several months afterwards to find out what has stuck with them. One recent conversation with a sales manager touched on a theme that gets mentioned a lot: how to find the line between coaching a rep so they improve (a long-term fix) vs. telling them what to do (a short-term fix).

How Does Your Organization Define Empathy?

With the economy nearing full employment, workers are feeling bolder about putting their resume on the street to see if they can find a better job. What exactly constitutes a better job and what can you, as a leader or hiring manager, do to retain existing talent and recruit new talent?

Are You Using Leading Questions in Your Coaching Sessions?

What do your coaching sessions sound like? If they’re all about you asking your team members the ‘Are you done with the project yet?’ question, your management effort isn’t as effective as it could be.

More Autonomy or You Die!

A recent study conducted by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business found that those who work in high-stress jobs with little control are more likely to die sooner than those who have more control over and balance in their work.

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