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    Employee Engagement: 7 Ways to Boost Morale

    Employee Engagement: 7 Ways to Boost Morale

    A happy employee is a productive employee.  A happy team is an effective team.  That’s the way I like to look at employee engagement because it...

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    Budget Planning: Tips for How Managers Need to Approach Their Budget

    Budget Planning: Tips for How Managers Need...

     Planning Your Budget If you are a manager whose responsibilities include maintaining a budget, I feel your pain. I’m pretty sure that the one thing...

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    The Importance of Breathing Room in Management

    The Importance of Breathing Room in Management

    Learning How a Simple Game Makes for Better Business Have you ever played that children’s game of sliding tiles contained within a frame,  shown on...

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    Can Your Competitor be Your Partner?

    Can Your Competitor be Your Partner?

    A Case Study in Competitor Analysis and Strategy Note to Reader: Competitor names are changes for privacy reasons.   Last month, I was invited by...

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    The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing

    The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing

        The term outsourcing is often seen as a slick and modern management technique in business circles. Yet in other groups, outsourcing work...

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    3 Ways to Help Your Team Move On After Firing Someone

    3 Ways to Help Your Team Move On After Firing...

    Think about the last time you experienced someone getting fired in the office. A peer, maybe a superior, or even your own employee. Aside from obvious...

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    Are Your Goals Centralized?

    Are Your Goals Centralized?

      Why Goal Setting for Managers Must Centralize Purpose   Ever feel like you’re on an island in the office? You know, everyone seems to be...

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    Top Down Problem Solving For Managers

    Top Down Problem Solving For Managers

    I was asked to attend a meeting by the manufacturing manager.                                                 ...

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    Are Your Employees Telling You Something? Five Messages for Managers

    Are Your Employees Telling You Something?...

      What Employee Behavior Says About a Business’s Health   Have you ever really paid attention to what your employees are telling you? Of course...

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    5 Simple Ways You Can Promote Cultural Awareness At Work Today

    5 Simple Ways You Can Promote Cultural Awareness...

      I often overhear business travelers at the airport talking on the phone, characterizing their imminent journey as “I’m headed to Asia” or...

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    Answering These 5 Questions Will Guarantee You a More Convincing Presentation

    Answering These 5 Questions Will Guarantee...

        We’ve all sat through presentations. Some were good, some were not-so-good, and some were mind-blowing and memorable. Aside from theatrics...

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    Airlines: Another Look at Business Partnerships

    Airlines: Another Look at Business Partnerships

      We recently had an article discussing partnerships for small businesses, and the benefits that strategic partners can bring to a company. But having...

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    Is Organizational Friction Killing Productivity?

    Is Organizational Friction Killing Productivity?

        Today’s business environment is competitive, fast paced and full of organizational congestion.  We have specialists, technicians, analysts,...

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    The Importance of Asking Questions to Coach Employees

    The Importance of Asking Questions to Coach...

                  EDITOR’S NOTE: Be sure to down our 8-page Coaching Through Questions Guideline and Managers Coaching...

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    Horizontal Integration as Business Strategy

    Horizontal Integration as Business Strategy

        How the times have changed. It seems like everyone is talking about vertical integration these days, as the newest and smartest way to run...

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    The Impact of Technology on Business

    The Impact of Technology on Business

            As I waited for my flight to Amsterdam today, I grabbed a bite to eat at the nearby café. It was a late afternoon flight that...

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    Depth Vs. Breadth: How to Choose Development Assignments for Employees

    Depth Vs. Breadth: How to Choose Development...

        Developing employees is one of the most important aspects of managing people. Employee development can be directly linked to succession planning,...

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    New Realities for First Time Managers

    New Realities for First Time Managers

        So you finally got that promotion at work. Congratulations! After all those long hours, extra effort, and volunteering to take on more work,...

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    The Four Levels of Ownership and Accountability

    The Four Levels of Ownership and Accountability

        I frequently talk to my employees about ownership and accountability. In a typical busy office environment, we are constantly getting interrupted...

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    Your Signal Strength: Communication in Business

    Your Signal Strength: Communication in Business

                          It was a game I played as a youngster; we called it ‘telephone.’ It was...

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