6 Great Coaching Conversations to Guide Your Employees’s Careers

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Helping Employees Make Career Choices As managers, our job is to get results, plan resources, and develop our employees.  In terms of effective employee development, the time we take to coach our staff members is critical to helping each one become a growing force within the organization.  Further, sometimes, we need to mentor them on more than just the day-to-day skills

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Deciding Who To Layoff: Ask Yourself These 10 Questions

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What to Consider When Downsizing Your Team It might be the most delicate and sensitive topic that you as a manager will face in your career: selecting the names of those people to let go or make redundant.  The context here is reducing the size of the organization to maintain profitability, or improve efficiency, not firing someone due to misconduct.  From

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3 Ways To Plan Resource Levels

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3 Resource Planning Methods to Help Predict Staffing Needs Most businesses and organizations go through an annual headcount planning process for the upcoming year.  We all know that such activities are important to running a productive organization.  And yet, while resource management is critical, doing it well and doing it right is easier said than done. There are a number of methods

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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 Develop Your Employees

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29 Fantastic Ways to Mentor and Develop Your Employees   If there is one thing that sets apart the great managers from the rest of the crowd, it would be their ability to continuously develop employees and to grow the capability of their teams.  Unlike managers who simply focus on results, the leaders who place deliberate emphasis on employee development build morale and

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10 Signs You’re a Bad Boss

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Horrible Bosses … in Real Life If you’ve ever seen the movie Horrible Bosses, you probably reacted the way most of us did: some of the amazingly inappropriate behavior in the film registered a little close to home.  We’ve all had some sort of run in with a really bad boss in our career, and while the movie makes a

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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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5 Inexpensive Ways to Pay for Training Employees

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How I Cut the Cost of Training My Employees in Half   Many managers are familiar with the old 70, 20, 10 Rule for employee development.  The last 10% of the 70, 20, 10 Rule, of course, is training.  However, since formal training only makes up a small part of employee development plans, many managers push it off entirely.  After all, training employees takes

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Work From Home Employees: A Manager’s Dilemma

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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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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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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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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

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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, and HERE for Part 2.  Key details are omitted to

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Managing a Layoff – Part 2

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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 4-part series.  Click HERE for Part 1, and HERE for Part 3.  Key details are omitted to

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Managing a Layoff – Part 1

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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 first in a 4-part series.  Key details are omitted to keep it anonymous, however the timing, details and commentary are factual. 

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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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What Keeps You Here?

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Awkward Question; Inspiring Answers   We were working around the clock in response to a major product recall.  My team was exhausted.  Our customers were furious.  We had been at it for months.  Even though it was December, many of us knew we would have to work through the Christmas holidays to dig ourselves out of the situation.  To make matters

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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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