How to Ensure a Remote Employee is Actually Working

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Working Hard or Hardly Working?   It’s a question we all ask ourselves.  Telecommuting is no longer a “new” thing.  For many companies, large and small, more and more employees work from home, either occasionally, or on a regular basis.  All you need is an internet connection.  But supervising these remote employees presents challenges to you as a manager because, well,

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The Worst Things a Boss Can Ever Say

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10 Real Quotes from Bad Bosses   As managers, if it seems like our employees are watching our every move and closely listening to our every word, it’s because they are.  In particular, the words that managers and business leaders say are very important.  It’s not about being politically correct or about being nice, but it is about how a manager’s words and statements are interpreted by their

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How to Manage Your Time: 15 REAL Ideas for the Busy Boss

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15 Ways I Manage My Time As a Boss   It’s just about that time of year when things are at their busiest.  With the end of the year closing in, the pressure is on to meet our numbers.  We’re busy planning our projects and budgets for next year.  People are starting to use up their vacation, making their availability limited. 

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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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How to Manage Your Poor Performers

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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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9 Challenges You Face When Hiring in an Emerging Economy

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Hiring and Retention in Developing Nations Whether you’re hiring in India, recruiting in China, or opening an office in the Philippines, the obstacles are often the same.  Because of their rapid growth, hiring and staffing a team in an emerging economy will always present challenges in terms of language, skills and retention. But if you equip yourself with a plan

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Motivating Employees: Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time

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5 Free Ways to Motivate Your Staff in Challenging Times Motivating employees is not easy. When times are tough, motivating your staff becomes even harder. For the past two years, our business has been undergoing a significant amount of corporate restructuring, downsizing, and changes in management, all of which have understandably left my employees concerned about the future.  And because of the

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When An Employee Quits: What to Say, What to Do

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Humility.  It’s the emotion you’ll feel the first time one of your employees resigns.  You’ll likely ask yourself a few pointed questions:  Did I do something wrong?  Can I convince them to change their mind?  Are they just using this as leverage to get something they want? All good questions.  When an employee gives their notice that they will be leaving,

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Giving Effective Feedback to Employees: Do’s and Don’ts

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The Dos and Don’ts of Employee Performance Appraisals To my friends, I described it as ‘an out of body experience.’ It was in reference to the annual performance review given to me by my boss a few years back, which left me dazed and confused.  The reason being quite simple: he was ill-prepared, could not give any specific examples of how I did, and the

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How to Build A New Team from Scratch

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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

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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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Succession Planning in Business, the Smart Way

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7 Steps to Organizational Preservation   Though it is far more common than we would like to admit, our businesses and organizations are filled with what I like to call “single persons of failure,” or SPOF.  In my company, for example, we have a department manager who is nearing retirement in the next 18 months, yet we have no one identified as

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Managing a Layoff – Part 4

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A Detailed Account of Downsizing a Team By One Manager at a Fortune 500 EDITOR’S NOTE: The following comments chronicle a layoff event that occurred at a Fortune 500 Company, as recorded by a manager in the organization. This is the second part in a 3-part series. Click HERE for Part 1, HERE for Part 2 or HERE for Part 3.  Key details

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Managing a Layoff – Part 3

Letting go employees

A Detailed Account of Downsizing a Team By One Manager at a Fortune 500 EDITOR’S NOTE: The following comments chronicle a layoff event that occurred at a Fortune 500 Company, as recorded by a manager in the organization. This is the second part in a 3-part series. Click HERE for Part 1, and HERE for Part 2.  Key details are omitted to

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Managing a Layoff – Part 2

Letting go employees

A Detailed Account of Downsizing a Team By One Manager at a Fortune 500 EDITOR’S NOTE: The following comments chronicle a layoff event that occurred at a Fortune 500 Company, as recorded by a manager in the organization. This is the second part in a 4-part series.  Click HERE for Part 1, and HERE for Part 3.  Key details are omitted to

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New Manager Ice Breakers: 6 Awesome Ways to Connect with New Employees

Overcome the Fear of Managing Older Employees

Regardless of whether its your first management gig, or just a new team for you to lead, every manager has a their first meeting with a new team.  And while your new employees are likely to be generally cordial and kind, they’re still getting to know you, just as you’re getting to know them.  You want to get past this period

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Management Best Practices: 14 Things That Only the BEST Leaders Do

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    It goes without saying that managing a team and leading people comes with a lot of responsibility.  And while many managers are successful and have great careers, there are other managers who simply knock it out of the park.  They get results, meet their budget and seemingly don’t break a sweat in doing so.  Is it effortless?  Absolutely not. 

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8 of My Favorite Interview Questions

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The Art of Interviewing Job Candidates One of the most difficult and important decisions you will make as a manager of people is selecting who to hire, and planning how to staff your team.  Such decisions should not be taken likely – you are responsible for the getting results, and hiring the wrong people is tremendously disruptive and costly to

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8 Ways to Reduce and Avoid Office Tension

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Remember when your Project Manager came in the conference room last month, his forehead pulsating, as if he were just itching for a fight of any kind?  We’ve all had those people in our office, reminding us of the great scene from Monty Python – “The Argument Clinic.” Maybe there is pressure from higher up to get results, or perhaps it

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The Art of the Executive Summary

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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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