The Difference Between Managers and Leaders

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Can managers lead? Can leaders manage? What’s the difference between the two? Which one are you, and which one do you want to be? One may think they’re interchangeable, but each has different qualities. And a good manager has the qualities of a good leader. Handling mistakes. Managers tend to criticize errors, while leaders point… Read more »

How to Motivate Your Team

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Even though we like to think of our employees as busy bees, always on the move and ready to do their work, sometimes people get unmotivated and morale gets low. While sometimes it has to do with something personal, the workplace atmosphere can have a negative effect. So, what can you do to get everyone… Read more »

Do You Keep Losing Candidates to Other Offers?

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You’ve found just the right candidate for your open position. You’ve interviewed, had good rapport with them, and it seems like a good fit. Yet when you go to offer them the job, you find out they’ve already accepted elsewhere. Or you make the offer and lose them before the start date. Where did you… Read more »

How to Make Meetings More Productive

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You’ve called a meeting and have multiple items on the agenda, but halfway through you’ve only discussed one of them. The meeting has now gone off course based on a miscommunication that needs clearing up. You don’t want it to go past the allotted time, but you need to get everything dealt with. How can… Read more »

Make Your Resume Stand Out

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It’s time to find a job — perhaps your position for the next six months, the next six years or maybe even longer. No matter what, you must get the job first, and one major part of that is still the résumé. Remember, this document helps answer the questions, “Why should we hire you? What… Read more »

Four Benefits of Outsourcing Your Talent Acquisition

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Think about the last time you had to hire someone. It probably involved putting together a job description, having HR and other high-level people take the time to go through applications, narrow the hundreds down to the few, set up interviews, have interviews, make notes and discuss the interviews. All of this, while seemingly necessary,… Read more »

Providing Constructive Criticism

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Ah, the managing nightmare scenario: While having a one-on-one with an employee to discuss possible areas of improvement, you suddenly find that you’ve put your critique in such a way that now said employee has become defensive, angry, tearful, offended, or some combination thereof. Now you may feel a bit angry and defensive yourself, or… Read more »

Get Ready for Generation Z

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Right now, the workplace has a rather complex and layered set of employees: As the Baby Boomers retire in increasingly larger numbers and the older members of Generation X even begin to consider that as well, employers will have a majority of the workforce coming from Generation Y, also known as the Millennial generation. However,… Read more »

Why Paying Your Employees More Is Good for Your Business

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The current minimum wage will likely go up in the coming years in many cities, and LA is on board as well. This has a number of business owners frustrated and concerned: How can they stay afloat when wages increase…will they have to increase prices? Will that lead to backlash and a shutdown of the… Read more »

How to Improve Employee Engagement

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Employee disengagement leads to higher turnover, less productivity, and an overall more negative workplace. On the one hand, not all workplaces can have that balance of fun and focus that a mega-company such as Google famously does. On the other hand, work doesn’t have to mean seven hours a day of drudgery. Be a role… Read more »