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Prioritize 101: Why Are Things Not Getting Done?

If we’re really honest with ourselves, not everything gets completely checked off our to-do lists. It’s not because we are incapable, sluggish, or unproductive—our daily workload sometimes exceeds the allotted time and priority plays a major role in what gets done first. As a manager, you’re not only overseeing your list of priorities, you are keeping other people on track with […]

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Competition and Collaboration: Finding a Balance

In the marketplace, competition is a natural tendency, and the “every man for himself” mentality emerges. Although competition fosters quick thinking, critical problem solving, and ambition, it can be detrimental when this external competition begins to internalize. But, it’s necessary and vital in the business world between competitive companies. However, as manager, you must be aware of when this combative […]

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Managing Teams Obligations and Opportunities

It’s time to be excited for the opportunity you have to teach, innovate, build responsibility, grow, and connect with your team. You’ve got your obligations and opportunities, but how do these two compare, and how do you effectively use them? Obligations are those day-to-day tasks. When hearing “obligation,” you tend to cringe and think of a requirement to do certain tasks; there’s […]

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Some Advice for New Managers

Congratulations! You have just been promoted to manager—all the long hours have paid off. Well done! Now what? In most organizations, people get promoted into management positions because they are good engineers or sales people or accountants. Then, they are left to their own devices to learn management “on the job” with little or no support, tools, or training. They […]

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Is Your Performance Management System Failing You?

Is your performance management system letting your managers cop out of tough conversations? Take our quick quiz and have your eyes opened on who is dropping the ball: 1. There are no “does not meet” or below-average ratings: If your managers aren’t delivering some bad news, they don’t feel compelled to be candid about performance. A. True         […]

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