How to Run a Staff Meeting

How to Run A Staff Meeting

Run Your Staff Meeting Using These 8 Easy Steps   Every manager out there has been faced with running a staff meeting.  Some managers treat them as afterthoughts and hold them out of obligation, others treat them as sacred and essential team huddles, regardless of what’s happening.  And for new managers, the thought of having everyone looking at you, or waiting

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The SMART Goal Concept: Effectively Managing Performance

Examples of SMART Goals

  Writing SMART Goals (With Examples)   A colleague once told me “I have a goal in life…I want to climb Mt. Everest, someday.”  While he was absolutely serious in his demeanor and spoke at length about why he wanted to do it, the short conversation revealed he had never done any climbing before.  Further, he had hardly done research into what it actually

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How to Manage Your Poor Performers

employee performance issues

If there is one thing that every manager has in common, it’s that we’ve all dealt with employee performance issues.  Everyone of us has a Susan, who always does everything right and never seems to make a mistake.  And then, we all have a Michael, who never seems to get it or who never seems to be able to get

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How to Develop a New Process

Sample Process Map and Spaghetti Diagram

The 7 Rules of Process Development and Implementation   You’ve got a great product, friendly customer service, happy customers and cash.  What’s missing?  An often forgotten ingredient to a well-run business is the development and implementation of processes that serve as the backbone for a company.  Developing effective processes makes your internal activities repeatable and consistent.  And the more stable your operation, the more

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Work From Home Employees: A Manager’s Dilemma

Managing remote employees

Should I Let Employees Work From Home?   Compared to just 15 years ago, the widespread availability of Wi-Fi, tablets, video conferences and smart phones have made the world our office.  Many jobs no longer require employees to be housed within the same four walls since they can connect virtually, just as if they were sitting at a desk in a high-rise

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How to Build A New Team from Scratch

how to build a successful team

7 Steps to Building a Successful Team: People, Purpose, Performance   The opportunity doesn’t come often for us, but getting the chance to build a brand new team from scratch is one of the most enjoyable experiences a manager will ever have.  After all, building a successful organization requires planning, creativity, execution and oversight…all at once.  For me, the first such

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5 Signs You Know It’s Time to Restructure

when to restructure a business

A college professor of mine once told me “There is no book on that.  Sometimes you just need to get in and figure your way out.”  Knowing when to restructure a business is one of those things.  Though there are books on organizational theory and team dynamics, there is no textbook out there telling us exactly when or how we should restructure our companies.  And neither aspect

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The Art of the Executive Summary

Executive Summary

How to Create an Executive Summary Raise your hand if you have ever sat through a presentation and walked away not understanding its message.  Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever asked an employee to give you a project briefing, only for them to bury you in data, facts and graphics.  Finally, raise your hand if you’ve ever picked up

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The 7 Steps to Mastering Technical Design Reviews

preliminary design review

    When it comes to the product development cycle and a phase gated design process, holding robust technical design reviews is critical to a project’s success. While there are various types of design reviews that lend themselves to different types of technologies and industries, the most common and universal examples include the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR). If

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The Importance of Breathing Room in Management

15 slide puzzle

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 the right? Most of you probably have. But for those who have not, the objective of the game is to place the pieces in a specific order, perhaps arranged by color or number. What most

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Top Down Problem Solving For Managers

managers resource handbook

I was asked to attend a meeting by the manufacturing manager.                                                  “We have a problem” he said. He had been alerted of a problem with products being processed through the production floor. Initial information suggested that during some of the molding processes, some parts were noted to have cracked while the molten plastic cooled. The parts had been in

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Six Tips to Help You Approach Performance Reviews

Employee Performance Reviews

Feedback is a Gift.  Be Generous. It’s the end of the another performance cycle and if you’re like me, you are spending a large amount of time evaluating your employees for last year’s work.  Did they deliver on their commitments?  Have they spent time trying to self-improve?  Were they reliable?  Did they go above and beyond?  If you are new to management, employee performance evaluations

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Run More Effective Meetings With The 3 “W”s

    We are all accustomed to going to meetings where there is a lot of discussion and head nodding around the room.   After 60 minutes, there are jovial pats on the back as people leave the conference room; after all, there’s another meeting in there at the top of the hour.  But how many meetings have you gone to where nothing

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A Baseball Approach to Management

Learning from America’s Favorite Game I am a baseball fan.  Although I never used to enjoy the game, I have grown to appreciate the sport more and more – the strategies, the techniques, and the funny rules you don’t often hear about like the infield fly rule.  As I watched a game not too long ago, I listened to the commentators introduce

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