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Experienced managers recognize the value of stepping back, trusting employees, and placing them in the driver’s seat when the opportunity arises. This move comes with risks, of course, but risks are an essential aspect of growth, and they’re an essential aspect of effective management. Hovering and micromanaging will send you in the wrong direction, since… read the rest »

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What are your employees up to? What are they doing right now, and what are they hoping to accomplish in the future? If you can choose a given employee and answer this question with ease, that’s a good sign you’re on the path to effective leadership. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure what… read the rest »

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A hiring mistake (generally considered a new employee who leaves the workplace within one calendar year), can come with a high price tag. It’s no surprise that if the hiring process is expensive, most managers would rather not pay that bill more than once within the same year. The cost involved in publishing a job… read the rest »

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Studies show that a strong, positive company culture can bring a cascade of benefits to the company’s bottom line, including reduced turnover, stronger referrals, greater productivity, and even fewer sick days. So how can you tell if your company culture is moving you down the path to success, or taking you in the wrong direction… read the rest »

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The winding path through the holiday season is marked with obstacles to productivity. Everywhere we turn, we find distractions, seasonal stressors, personal obligations, daydreams and travel plans that pull employees mentally away from their work tasks. The roads are treacherous (literally) which means teams often arrive late or leave early. As they move through the… read the rest »

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Most candidates feel a bit of excess nervous energy during job interviews, no matter their age or level of professional experience. Jittery nerves are by no means a sign of naivete or emotional weakness, and in fact, the more nervous a candidate feels during an interview, the more likely they are to truly want the… read the rest »

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In an earlier era, employers were conditioned to see their employees as human-like machines. The more these employees gave to the company and the less they required in return, the better. To the limits of what the law would allow, employers demanded as much as they could get away with and paid as little as… read the rest »

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If you’re like most of us, you don’t look over your calendar and identify the time blocked out for “meetings” as the most productive hours of your day. Meetings often mean exchanging information the participants already have, confirming details they already know, wandering off topic, rehashing old business, starting new threads of ideas and conversation… read the rest »

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Employees who feel appreciated typically stay longer with the company and engage with their tasks instead of leaning out the door; that’s no surprise. And it’s no surprise that high engagement and long tenures boost the company bottom line. But appreciation brings a host of additional benefits as well, some more subtle than others. And… read the rest »

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You’ve worked hard to build—and retain—a diverse team. When you look around the table, you see faces, ages, genders, backgrounds and personality types that cover a wide spectrum. You’re proud of each member and their diverse contributions to group goals. But as with any diverse group of people, their interests and motivations vary. For this… read the rest »