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Fight the Undermanagement Epidemic: How to Build a Culture of Strong Leadership

Undermanagement is rampant in the modern workplace. A full 90% of all leaders and managers do not provide their direct-reports with sufficient guidance, support and coaching. And the costs are astronomical! Bring Bruce Tulgan in to present the latest research from RainmakerThinking’s ongoing Undermanagement Epidemic study:   What are the costs of undermanagement? (HINT: There [more]

How to Be a Strong Leader: Learn the Proven Best Practices of Highly-Engaged Leadership

Since 1993, RainmakerThinking, Inc. has conducted ongoing in-depth research on the real challenges faced by real leaders, managers, and supervisors in the workplace. Managing people has always been hard, but it’s harder now than ever before. There’s no room for down time, waste, or inefficiency. Everyone has to do more with less. And employees have [more]

Managing Millennials: How to Bring Out the Best in Today's Young Talent

Learn from the most up-to-date research on the Millennial workforce. Since 1993, RainmakerThinking, Inc. has been tracking generational change in the workplace and studying the ever newer “new” young workforce. Now the “second-wave” of Millennials (born 1990-2000) are the young people flooding into the workplace, while the oldest Baby Boomers are exiting. By 2020, second-wave [more]

The Great Generational Shift: How to Make the Most of Generational Change in the Workplace

There is a “Great Generational Shift” underway in the workforce today. This is the post-Baby Boomer shift that demographers and workforce planners have been anticipating for decades. It is not only a generational shift in the numbers in the workforce. This is also an epic turning point in the norms and values of the workforce, [more]

It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss: Learn the Proven Best Practices of the Most Successful High Performing Employees

Decades of research by RainmakerThinking, Inc. shows that employees rely on their immediate managers more than anyone else to meet their needs at work – to provide them with the guidance, support, direction, resources, and coaching that employees need to produce high-quality work consistently, to feel good about work, to earn credit and flexible work [more]

Building New Leaders: Critical Skills for First Time Managers

Every new leader at any level must go through a process of assuming authority, establishing communication with direct-reports, and managing workflow. This is a challenging process for any new leader of any age. It is especially challenging for new leaders who are younger and less experienced. Bruce Tulgan has personally led hundreds of career seminars [more]

Winning the Talent Wars: Human Capital Management Strategies for Building a Lean, Flexible, High-Performance Workplace

For decades, RainmakerThinking’s ongoing research has been tracking profound changes in the workforce and the workplace. The nature of work and employment is dramatically changing. The worldwide business environment has become one of fierce competition, high risk, erratic markets, constrained resources, and unpredictable resource needs. Organizations and individuals are forced to adjust to the ‘new [more]

The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems

For more than two decades, RainmakerThinking, Inc. has asked hundreds of thousands of managers a simple question: “What are the most difficult challenges you face when it comes to managing people?” Despite the diversity of people and situations, the same basic challenges come up over and over again: How do you manage employees who are [more]

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today's Young Talent

Today’s new young workforce, the Second Wave Millennials (born 1990-2000), are now entering the workforce in droves. They have so much to offer – new technical skills, new ideas, new perspective, new energy. What they are way-too-often missing – according to the latest research — is a lot of the old-fashioned basics, what many refer [more]