Why Change Management Sucks (And How to Fix It)
Monday, 15 May, 2017
Leadership

Why Change Management Sucks (And How to Fix It)

    Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw  . Picture this: you need to find a new solution for running online meetings so you can collaborate with your global team spread out across different time zones. You pull up your handy search engine and start researching with your top three priorities in mind: cost, quality, and ease of use.   . After a week of calls with vendors and free demos galore, y...
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5 Strategies for Keeping Employees Happy
Monday, 8 May, 2017
Leadership

5 Strategies for Keeping Employees Happy

You place a lot of emphasis on keeping your employees happy — well, at least you like to think that you do. You offer plenty of paid vacation time and emphasize adequate work-life balance. You encourage team members to voice their opinions and share ideas. You even keep the office kitchen stocked with snacks. But, are you missing something? If you don’t have an effective way to adequately recognize and reward your team members for their hard work, then the answer is yes — you’re mis...
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10 Request Form Templates to Help Your Team Succeed
Thursday, 4 May, 2017
Leadership

10 Request Form Templates to Help Your Team Succeed

No matter what department you work in or what your title is, one thing is for sure: someone wants something from you.  Formal meetings, hallway conversations, instant messages, emails—whether it’s a major new project or a quick favor for another team, you’re inundated by incoming work requests.  The biggest problem with these informal, drive-by requests is that you never get all the information you need. Chasing down requirements so you can do your job often takes longer than the job its...
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Stop Playing Nice! The Stoic's Guide to Managing Workplace Conflict
Monday, 1 May, 2017
Leadership

Stop Playing Nice! The Stoic's Guide to Managing Workplace Conflict

"Where all think alike, no one thinks very much." — Walter Lippmann Collaboration and conflict are not opponents: they're partners. So let's banish the notion that high-performing teams are made up of smiling people who always get along.  Teamwork should be messy, and being a good manager isn't about creating a fake-happy work environment where you're more concerned about keeping the peace than doing good work. Think of the rivalry between sales and marketing, or the competition bet...
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5 Easy-to-Execute Strategies to Skyrocket Your Employee Engagement
Monday, 24 April, 2017
Leadership

5 Easy-to-Execute Strategies to Skyrocket Your Employee Engagement

There’s something that’s slowly but surely sucking the life and motivation out of your workforce. And, no, it’s not the fact that your break room coffee is a little weak. So, what is this mysterious epidemic that’s destroying your team’s productivity and morale? Answer: A lack of engagement. An unengaged workforce comes with a significant cost—quite literally. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. up to $605 billion each and every year. And, even further,...
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Employee Retention: The True Cost of Losing Your Best Talent
Monday, 17 April, 2017
Leadership

Employee Retention: The True Cost of Losing Your Best Talent

  How do you spot a great manager?  It’s someone who fosters a culture of productivity and excellence. Someone who’s fun to work with, and connects with their teammates on a personal level. Someone who knows how to inspire and lead their team to success.  In short, someone who makes people want to show up — and stay.  Low turnover on your team may make you feel like a successful manager. After all, if you only lose a handful of people on your team each year, you must be...
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If You're Not Using OKRs for Quarterly Planning, Stop and Read This
Friday, 7 April, 2017
Leadership

If You're Not Using OKRs for Quarterly Planning, Stop and Read This

It’s that time of the year: you're capping off a successful 2017 and reflecting on everything you've accomplished in the past twelve months. But it’s not only a time to look back; it’s a time to look ahead. What do you want to accomplish in the coming year, and what’s the best way to go about it?  Many leading companies tout OKRs for successful annual and quarterly planning; in fact Google credits the process with fueling their exponential growth and success. Even if you’ve heard of OKR...
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How To Define Processes for Your Team (and Actually Get Things Done)
Monday, 3 April, 2017
Leadership

How To Define Processes for Your Team (and Actually Get Things Done)

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” ~ Unknown While there’s some disagreement over who that impactful quote should be attributed to (sources range from Henry Ford to Tony Robbins), there’s no denying that the message holds some weight. Yet, far too often, leaders and managers instruct their teams to stick to the same outdated process—all while expecting different results. Work processes are the glue that holds things together and e...
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