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Managing Others

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5 Keys to Effective Communication

Ineffective communication can lead to errors, wasted time, team conflict, broken relationships, even business failure. Here are five important keys to communication, written or verbal, that can lead to success rather than strife.

A Good Laugh Is Good for Business

“The arrival of a good clown into a village does more for its health than 20 asses laden with drugs,” observed Thomas Sydenham, a seventeenth century British physician, who may have been the first doctor to recommend laughter as the best medicine. Science has proven the doctor correct. It’s good for the body and for business.

Bridging the Gap: Improving the Emotional Connection to Work

Overwork, anxiety and lack of challenge and recognition have colored the overall emotional connection of workers to their jobs. This article explores pointers on how to bridge the gap between how workers feel and how managers perceive them to feel—and how to help workers plug into a more positive emotional connection to their jobs.

Bring Humor to Work (It’s Good for You & Good for Business!)

Humor has numerous benefits in the workplace, creating happier workers and increased productivity.

Disconnect: Exploring the Emotional Connection to Work

What do workers feel about their work? How can managers redirect their employees’ emotional energy from the negative to the positive side of the ledger.

Employees’ Engagement with Work

A look at the level of employees’ engagement and the effect upon business success; what managers can do.

Giving an A: Possibility, Not Measurement

Give them an A and encourage the best in one’s employees, co-workers, and family.

How Intelligent Is Your Decision Making?

A quiz to explore whether your decision-making skills are as sharp as they could be.

How to Build (and Keep) a High-Performance Team

Explores the ways to create and build a strong team that is focused on success.

How Well Do You Delegate?

Whether a person work with others, or alone, he or she may still suffer from the “Lone Ranger Syndrome”—that managerial malaise that causes folks to work excessively long, hard hours because only THEY know how to do something right. Whoa, Silver! There is a cure.

How Well Do You Motivate Others?

As the quiz reveals, there is more to motivation than the three Ps.

How Well Do You Recognize Those Who Work With You?

What’s wrong with employee-of-the-month, coffee mugs, and length-of-service awards? This quiz will show more effective ways to express a job well done.

Parenting as a Management Tool

Parents and managers have many tasks and skills in common.

Playing Around: The Role of Games in Creating World-Class Workplace Teams

Great teams don’t happen overnight, and working in teams is not always easy. That’s why businesses are turning to team building games to foster cohesion and understanding.

Putting the Value Back in Performance Evaluations

Looks at the common problems with performance evaluations, explores the elements of a valuable appraisal and offers five recommendations for how to write one.

Top 10 Ways to Have Productive Business Meetings

Business meetings: stressful, a waste of time, nothing ever changes or gets done. They don’t have to be that way.

Top 10 Ways to Set Clear Expectations

Too often, managers seem to lead through mental telepathy. Rather than set and communicate clear expectations, they assume their employees know what to do and how to do it. The results are hesitation, indecision, and uncertainty while teamwork, initiative and productivity go out the window.

Top 10 Ways to Support Your Team

A leader’s job is to ensure that the highest level goals of the organization are realized. Here are ten ways to accomplish that.