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  • Almost everyone enjoys working with people with a positive attitude. We?re pretty sure we can?t say that absolutely everyone enjoys it, because there?s always that one man or woman in every company that just have to be negative. We like to call them Mr. or Ms. Cranky Pants, but that?s just us. The thing is ? attitude is a choice. The difference between thriving at…

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  • While race might be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of the word ?diversity,? it really encompasses much more than that. Added to the diversity of different races and ethnicities, there are gender considerations, age groups, religion, education, fashion, beliefs, diet and a variety of other choices that make us all very different. Smart businesses try to promote diversity in...

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  • Time management doesn’t come easily to everyone, and in today?s workplace, it?s a battle to stay on task and productive. If you feel the crush of workloads and personal life pressures, here are some strategies to help. The keys to overcoming wasted time are identifying its sources and avoiding temptations. The benefits of effective time management, of course, is a lot less stress in your…

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  • Do you work with a know-it-all at the office? If so, does this scenario sound familiar to you? Ashley has been doing her current job for three years. She?s an experienced employee and rarely has to ask for help. Her boss has delegated additional projects to her and she?s proud to have completed them all successfully. She?s also filled in for the boss when he?s…

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  • Back in 2013, Virgin CEO, Richard Branson, famously said that working in an office would soon be a ?thing of the past.? Today, as the Baby Boomer generation with the ?60-hour work week? mentality and contempt for telecommuting employees leaves management and heads off into retirement, the rise of virtual employees will soon transform into virtual teams that must be managed and kept productive. Are...

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  • We?ve all been there. Life and work gets crazy and you start having to prioritize tasks. The problem is, most of us prioritize work and family over ourselves, so it gets easy to skip that Thursday workout at the gym (?I?ll make it up on Tuesday?). Or, you put off reading that new best-selling business book you downloaded a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately short-term…

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  • The best managers provide fantastic employee feedback to their staffs�frequently ? not just during performance reviews or before important projects begin. Knowing how to give valuable feedback that won?t go in one ear and out the other is the key to increasing employee happiness and productivity. (Yes, employees will actually appreciate criticism when given to them the right way. Shocker!) The pro...

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  • Time has always been a sneaky little thing when it comes to you staying productive. Mentally, you?ve made it through St. Patrick’s Day and still have great expectations for 2018 that get you excited. You’ve got your taxes done well before April 15 and are feeling good! However, reality says major league baseball is starting, which means school will be out before you know it,…

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  • I have probably interviewed hundreds of people in my time and one thing that always puts one candidate in front of another is confidence. Confident people tend to be very self-motivated, have good self-esteem and don?t mind taking a calculated risk. They are not afraid of making a mistake because it?s a learning experience, not a failure. Confident people are critical to a company?s success…

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  • ?My wife, Mary, and I have been married for 47 years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce. Murder, yes, but divorce, never.? ? Jack Benny, Comedian (1894-1974) As with any marriage or long-term relationship, conflict with a coworker, supervisor, or manager is inevitable. Managed intelligently, conflict can turn from a hair-raising dilemma to an important building...

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  • Do you find yourself lacking power within your organization? Do people who own accessibility and influence often drown out your ideas to people in power? Welcome to the real world in 2018. The workplace rarely provides a level playing field for competing ideas and it tips towards those who have put in the time and effort to network within upper management. Not every company operates…

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  • Chances are, if you’re not a sports fan, the next three weeks are going to be tough for you and you’re going to need a way of minimizing distractions at work. Tens of millions of people across the country get swept up in ?March Madness�??the three week long NCAA Men?s Basketball championship tournament. It is estimated that nearly 51 million American workers (about 20 percent…

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  • We?re in an ever-changing work environment today?the world is smaller and a homogeneous workplace rarely exists. Today, leaders deal with a variety of employees across generational and cultural lines, each with their own values, beliefs, work ethics and needs. It is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles and perspectives as assets to whatever team or organization with whic...

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  • There is a lot of talk going around about the efficacy of corporate retreats. Some people question whether retreats are relevant today. Personally, I think that is a silly question. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American companies lose about $3 billion a year a year due to the effects of negative attitudes and behaviors. This cost is defined primarily in terms of increased…

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  • We all know that a little stress is a good thing because it gets us moving. A little stress stimulates the brain, which gets the body revved up, and that makes us more alert and productive. Of course, too much stress for too long is detrimental to our health and can lead to serious mental and physiological issues, including anxiety, depression, heart attacks or death….

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  • ?I perform better under a strict micromanager!? Quote from no employee, ever.   When you hear the word, ?micromanager?, what is the image that immediately springs to mind? For most people, it?s the figure of a forlorn employee sitting at his or her desk as an overbearing supervisor behind them leans over the employee?s shoulder watching them work intently. A favorite cartoon panel of mine…

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  • March 2 was Employee Appreciation Day and while many companies do a great job of recognizing their employees, others are ineffective and their employee recognition programs backfire. Instead of putting a little more effort and creativity into their recognition process, these companies retreat to older programs that aren?t successful in rewarding, recognizing or motivating employees. According to B...

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  • In one of my former lives, I was the editor for a fantasy sports web site that only had one full-time writer (me), and between 20 to 30 freelance writers at any time.�Of those 30, there were exactly ZERO professional writers in the group. Instead, I had doctors, lawyers, a boatload of accountants (go figure), salespersons, and IT people?all of whom were brilliant in their…

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  • ?Knowledge is power.? Sir Francis Bacon ?Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.?� Anton Chekhov   With all apologies to Sir Francis Bacon, most of us have known that knowledge is power since we were kids. We?d find out a great secret from overhearing mom and dad talk about summer vacation plans and we?d decide to tell our brother, but not…

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  • When an employee isn’t meeting expectations because of any number of performance problems, the first step in helping them improve is to find out why. Sometimes simply getting to the source of the performance problems and fixing it can turn things around. As you think about helping poor performers improve, consider what might be getting in their way. Here are seven common causes of performance…

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  • As a manager, employee motivation is an important part of your job. You need to find a way to get the most from your employees, keeping them on task and always striving for more. Unfortunately, new managers thrown into the fire often make false assumptions about employee motivation. If that’s you, you need to know what really works to motivate your staff. Here are some…

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  • Business leaders come in every shape, size, gender and personality. Some are laid-back and flexible and allow employees lots of leeway to come and go if they get the work done. They dress casually, and play is considered a big part of the work process. Other leaders are buttoned-down and prefer a bit more rigidity in schedules, a more formal dress code, and employees have…

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  • March 2, 2018 is National Employee Appreciation Day (always the first Friday in March) and while an all-expenses paid trip to the Caribbean is always nice, not many department budgets can handle that. Bonus checks for exceeding goals are good too, but research and countless interviews reveal that money is far down the list for motivating employees. So how do you show employee appreciation without…

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  • Because we all survived Valentine’s Day recently, this might be an appropriate time to discuss another matter of the heart. Another opportunity for you to fall in love. Most of us have been there. When this relationship started, you were so excited that your skin practically tingled. Every morning you bolted out of bed with enthusiasm to see your new love. Every night, you drifted…

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