Category: Productivity Tips for Managers

Is Your Meeting Strategy Benefiting Your Employees?

Managers have been focusing on meeting management in recent years. They know they can improve productivity and increase employee engagement by actively managing their meetings.

Managers: Are You Listening With Your Eyes?

Neen James, an expert on accountability, and the author of Listen With Your Eyes, knows a thing or two about paying attention. A lot of us are guilty of not giving team members our full attention.

Is Your Bottom-Line Mentality Trashing Your Team's Spirit?

Does it pay off to relentlessly focus on making your number, to engage your bottom-line mentality? Maybe not, according to research published by Baylor University.

Stop Playing the Role of Productivity Police Officer and Make Meaningful Changes

Are your employees working as productively as they could? In most cases, the answer to this question is no.

How to Improve the Managers' Experience at Your Company

In some organizations, leaders focus so intently on the employee experience that they overlook another important element of company culture: the manager experience.

Manage Smarter 80: Developing Attention to Details

Chris Denny is the Attention To Detail Expert. He's a researcher, trainer, and author of Improve Attention To Detail: A straightforward system to develop attention to detail in yourself, employees, and across an organization. In this episode, we discuss: The different components/breakdown of details and processes; how to address the gaps in detail failure for yourself and/or your team; how the lack of detail attention=a loss of ROI; how lack of details is a morale killer in organizations; a great hack for telling if someone is high in executing perfectly on details before you hire them.

How to Fix Your Fatal Meeting Flaws

What are we meeting about? You may be regularly hearing this question from the people who attend your meetings.

How to Coach for Accountability

"Engagement without accountability is entitlement,” says Cy Wakeman, drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author. Could the lack of accountability be the reason why some of your employees never seem to finish projects on time?

Manage Smarter 75: Creative Business Thinking to Differentiate You and Your Team

Glenn Rudin is founder of Always Been Creative, a sales and marketing consulting firm specializing in focused messaging. In this episode, we discuss: how to develop your specific differentiators from competitors in your professional sector; what is your "flamed-broiled"?; how to develop a 30-second pitch on what you do and why you're different; how to implement "what makes you stand out" to get team/company buy-in; and effective brainstorming session techniques to FIND your differentiators.

Why Training Without Coaching Doesn’t Work

Jason Forrest, founder and CEO at FPG (Forrest Performance Group) is the winner of five international Stevie Awards for his training programs. During a recent Manage Smarter podcast, I asked Jason why so many training programs don’t impact the bottom line as much as business leaders hope.

Here’s the Top Benefit When Employees Work from Home

Are you looking for a way to increase employee satisfaction and retention? One solution many employers have turned to is allowing team members to work at remote locations.

Why Your Mute Button Is Your Key To Success

Tabitha Laser, organizational design wizard, author and recent guest on our Manage Smarter podcast, likes to joke that she was born without a “mute” button. She told me she had a mute button installed.

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