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 »

Didn’t Get the Job? How (and When) to Ask for Constructive Feedback

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You went through the interview, you felt great about how you answered most of the questions, seemed to have a good rapport with the interviewers…and then you didn’t get the job. Instead of going over every interaction and wondering how you could have done it differently or “better,” it might work best for you if… Read more »

Using LinkedIn to Network

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If you feel unsure about using LinkedIn to connect with others in your field to find your next job, just look at the numbers. As of January 1, 2018, LinkedIn had 500 million users, with 133 million in the United States alone. Of those that use it, 40 percent do so daily, and 44 percent… Read more »

Identifying Performance Problems in the Workplace

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You’ve hired someone who had a great interview, seemed to fit as the right person for the job … but two months in, they’re missing deadlines and the quality of their work just isn’t good enough. How could you have figured this out before you spent time, energy and money attempting to train them? And… Read more »

Strategies to Help Employees Identify and Effectively Manage Stress

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You’ve been working on that big project for weeks and the deadline is fast approaching. You want to stay on top of everything, but you feel like the Cat in the Hat, balancing everything while standing on a ball with one foot. How do you manage to get everything done, get enough sleep and fend… Read more »

How to Make Employees Into Rock Stars

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You’ve got some great employees who have the skills to do well. Yet when you look at the actual work produced, you see some stagnation in what they have produced versus what they could produce. Rather than treating them like wayward kids who won’t do their homework, what strategies can you use to get them… Read more »

Four Ways to Identify Micromanagement

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You’ve brought on a new manager and he seems to fit in well. But after a few months, you begin to hear through the grapevine his employees feel constantly frustrated. When you watch him in a team meeting, you see that he’s taking over the project and not allowing his perfectly competent employees to each… Read more »

Three Reasons You’re Losing Top Talent

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Last year, we gave you some suggestions as to why you may be losing your top talent. Read on for a few more reasons why talent may want to leave and more ways to get them to stay. After all, you hired the best, so you need to do what you can to keep them… Read more »

How Can You Make Better Hires?

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If you want to improve your hires, you can take a few steps to swing things in your favor. Consider the fact if you set yourself up for the best possible candidates, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Improve your job descriptions. Have you ever had someone attempt to describe a famous person, but their description… Read more »

What Role Does Trust Play for Your Workforce?

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Two months ago, at an all-employee meeting at Company XYZ, rumors had been swirling about cuts for employees. The CEO assured everyone they wouldn’t have anything to worry about; the rumors were untrue, and the company was stable. Yet last week they called 80 people in, one by one, on Friday, to tell them they… Read more »