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Employee Burnout? That Could Be a Sign of Undermanagement

Burnout has officially been recognized as more than just a cultural phenomenon. The condition is now recognized by the WHO, probably to some relief from the HR departments who have been trying to combat increasing levels of burnout for years now. According to some research, burnout is responsible for nearly 50% of workforce turnover. Anyone…

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Four Ways to Tap into the Short-Term Transactional Mindset in Order to Improve Retention

Attracting, hiring, and retaining the best employees is a lot more complex than it used to be. It’s no longer enough for employers to offer the same basic benefits or rely on long-term rewards to keep employees loyal. People today are savvy enough to know that in an uncertain business environment, no long-term reward is…

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The Hard Realities of Managing People

It is our mission to fight the undermanagement epidemic and spread the word about highly engaged management. So many leaders, managers, and supervisors are held back by the belief that a strong, hands-on approach to management is wrong. Many participants in my seminars tell me, “I feel like you are giving me permission to manage,…

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The Employee Reward Philosophy That Equals Higher Retention

Congratulations! That great new person has been hired to your team – and they are eager to start adding a ton of value. As a highly-engaged leader, you understand how to create an upward spiral of performance very well: define performance standards, spell out expectations, collaborate on next steps and benchmarks, follow up and adjust….

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A Guide to Great 1:1 Meetings

More and more leaders are getting the message: in order to be effective, you must have regular 1:1 meetings with each of your direct reports. Managers and employees rely on those 1:1 meetings to stay on top of the details of every ongoing project, spot small problems before they turn into bigger ones, and create…

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Seven Ways to Prepare Before You Reboot Your Management Style

My mission at RainmakerThinking is to truly empower leaders and managers with strategies that work. In my effort to fight the undermanagement epidemic rampant in today’s workplace, I’ve shared the proven philosophy of highly-engaged leadership with hundreds of leaders in organizations of all shapes and sizes. So many of those leaders get the message: in…

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You’re Struggling to Retain the Best Talent – Is Undermanagement the Cause?

Attracting, recruiting, and retaining the best talent is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. For employers of all sizes, in every industry, it is getting harder to get the great candidates they need to come in the door. The people they do manage to hire are less likely to stick around for very…

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What Is Undermanagement Costing You?

By Bruce Tulgan   I’ve said it before: undermanagement can be difficult to identify. And yet, it is the number one cause of the most common preventable problems in the workplace. How is undermanagement going unnoticed? There are two factors at play here: managing people is getting harder, and there are seven key areas of…

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Break Free from the Vicious Cycle of Undermanagement

By Bruce Tulgan   Managers who are convinced they don’t have time to manage almost always spend lots of time managing people anyway. That’s because whenever a manager avoids spending time up front making sure things go right, then things almost always go wrong. Small problems pile up and grow until they become so big…

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Seven Key Aspects of Management With Which Managers Are Struggling

By Bruce Tulgan   It’s always been hard to manage people. Managers have always been stuck in the middle between the employer and the employee, trying to negotiate their competing needs and expectations. But today, managers are telling us that it is harder than ever before. And it is resulting in an ongoing epidemic of…

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