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Trying to Hold Your Employees Accountable? You Have to Make It a Process, Not a Slogan

Accountability is a hot watchword in just about every business. But what does it really mean? Simply put, accountability means having to answer for one’s actions. When business leaders chant the slogan of “accountability,” what they are trying to do is spread the following message to employees: behave knowing in advance that you will have…

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Help! How Do I Increase Employee Productivity?

If an employee doesn’t get “enough” work done, then there are only three logical possibilities: that employee needs to work either more, faster, or both. Simple, right? Just keep that employee in their chair and keep a fire lit under it. But it’s rarely quite so simple. Here’s what usually happens: Assuming you have already…

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Become a Great Delegator: Ask the Right Questions When Handing Off Work

Micromanagement, when it occurs, is usually the result of an anxious manager who wants to make sure that everything is getting done the right way, at every step of the way, by overseeing the project from start to finish. The thing is, managers should make sure that everything is getting done the right way, every…

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The Fundamentals Are All You Need

Managers today are under a lot of pressure. The bar keeps being raised. They are responsible for more and more employees. More of the people they manage are working in areas of expertise that the manager doesn’t know much about, or maybe knows almost nothing about. Managing people is getting harder, and it can be…

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The Value of Leadership Training

Leaders in organizations of every shape and size can probably list a number of ways their businesses could improve. Employees do their jobs the wrong way. There is too much firefighting and not enough work getting done. Low performers are hiding out under the radar. High performers are thinking about leaving. Resources are wasted. There…

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Help! I’m Responsible for an Entirely New Team

It’s difficult enough being the new manager. But it’s twice as hard when everybody is new to you and to each other. You haven’t met each other yet. You may not have had any say in who was chosen for the team. As far as you know, nobody on the team has ever worked together…

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Is the Work Getting Done? Five Ways to Monitor Employee Performance

Undermanagement is a chronic issue affecting organizations of all shapes and sizes. But that doesn’t mean that the majority of managers simply don’t want to do their jobs – most managers want to be great, highly-engaged leaders who have mastered the management fundamentals! So, what gets in their way? There are a number of myths…

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Are You Ready for Gen Z?

by Alexandra Levit Millennials have captured the global workforce’s imagination. And Millennials are important, of course, as they are our current and rising leaders. But what about Generation Z, born 1996-2012? This year, the oldest Gen Zers will enter the professional workforce, and they are very different than what we’ve come to expect from the…

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Hiring Gen Z: Takeaways for Today’s Talent Wars

When it comes to hiring, there’s a lot of advice out there about how to attract the best young talent. Make sure they have access to technology, pair them with a workplace friend, offer flexibility – these solutions make sense on the surface, but they aren’t necessarily specific enough for employers to know which steps…

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What Equality and Inclusivity Mean for Generation Z

When it comes to work, Gen Z is all about the human element. Supportive leaders and positive relationships with coworkers support Gen Zers in their own careers, but what about everyone else? Isn’t Gen Z supposed to care about equality and inclusivity? Our data shows that the answer is yes – Gen Zers do care…

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