Tag: Leadership

How to Maintain Culture When You’re Growing Quickly

Is the new service you just introduced to the market a big hit? Congratulations. Now, all you have to do is maintain company culture as you grow. Here are a few suggestions.

Are You Delivering ‘Straight Talk’ To Employees Who Need It?

Being a good role model and acknowledging success builds employee trust and loyalty. But, the constant positive feedback won’t do much for employees who need to focus on specific aspects of personal style if they want to get ahead.

Strong Leaders Build Trust By Revealing Weakness

Even among teams that have worked together for years, there’s room to build trust between team members and their leader. For teams that have recently undergone a fundamental change – such as absorbing new members from other teams, or resizing to a smaller team – re-forming and rebuilding trust are absolutely critical.

Do You Know Which Skills Your Team Members Really Want to Use?

When too many employees leave, execs throw more training at managers. This action, senior execs figure, will keep staff turnover to a manageable level. Companies that dig deeper to get at the root cause of employee departure may be in for a surprise.

What’s Your Plan for Communicating Change?

The problem with change is the way it can disrupt the established culture and working systems in an organization. If you fail to properly plan for and communicate upcoming changes to your employees, you can expect turmoil, lost productivity, and in some cases, subversion.

Motivating Employees: Money Isn’t the Solution

Many employers believe that money is the most effective instrument for motivating employees. The problem is that this method gets expensive and doesn’t work as well as positive, non-monetary motivators. There are other positive motivators that excite many employees even more than money.

Do Your Recognition Programs Have the Right Stuff?

When employees do a great job, your managers may publicly praise them, and they may get a gift card or a bonus. This established pattern in most organizations certainly builds loyalty. But your recognition programs could be doing so much more.

Tips on How to Escape Unproductive Meetings

For some managers, work life equals meetings, which means you’re not really getting anything done. You can put a stop to this time sink by implementing some of the suggestions Dorie Clark made in a recent post on Harvard Business Review.

Seven Tips for Establishing the Boundary Between Boss and Buddy

What is the appropriate boundary between being a boss and being a buddy? Use these seven tips to keep yourself on the right track.

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.

Managers: How Much is That Meeting Costing You?

Great ideas may come out of weekly meetings, but only if there’s effective follow-up. The more typical occurrence is that a meeting is a cost without a corresponding revenue increase to an organization. 

Leaders: Are You Taking the High Road?

Michelle Obama famously coined the phrase, “when others go low, we go high.” She was talking politics, of course. As a manager, you can put this advice to good use during times of departmental and organizational conflict.

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