What we can learn from South Pacific Islanders about setting goals…

During World War 2 troops fighting in New Guinea and other South Pacific Islands were often resupplied via airdrop. Food, clothing, weapons, equipment and everything else needed were pushed out the supply planes with parachutes attached to fall to the bases below. Not every drop hit its target, and those goods sometimes ended up in the hands of stunned native […]

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3 Ways to Look Engaged… When You Have to Watch the Clock

Some people are black and white when it comes to judging whether someone is engaged in what they do for a living.  Like most of you, I like to see someone passionate about what they do, and I think I know the signs of a clock watcher. Any company is going to be comprised of team members in various stages of […]

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Should Managers Be Able To Do The Employee’s Work?

What’s the key to maintaining an enthusiastic, motivated work environment as a manager? What do employees need and want from their hiring managers? According to Harvard Management Update, people have three goals at work: To maintain the enthusiasm employees bring to their jobs initially, management must understand the three sets of goals that the great majority of workers seek from […]

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A Good Manager Knows When To Take a Loss

What makes a good manager? Sure, you’re good at what you do, but it’s more than that. It’s how well you play with others… how well you handle being in a position of power… and having the emotional intelligence to recognize pivotal moments that can gain you some real-world respect from your subordinates. Want to be a great manager? Your […]

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Confrontation is a Necessary Part of Business—and Life

When you talk about things that can damage organizational productivity, there’s plenty to talk about.  Here’s my short list: 1. Politics 2. Crappy training 3. Bad operational processes 4. Facebook 5. Pandora Add the negative impact of all those things up, and I’d bet the cumulative impact doesn’t touch one particular factor that sucks more productivity out of organizations than […]

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