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Don’t settle for Mediocrity

There are few things in personnel management more challenging than managing mediocre performers. In business we usually place most of our efforts on highest and lowest performers.  To the first group we give praise and even prizes.  And to the second, we tend to give them support and guidance. What about your employees that are …
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Employee engagement starts with their questions…

Asking questions is a crucial component of an active workplace.   As children we have a natural curiosity that seems to get squashed in a large corporation environment. So many leaders are either content with how things stand or just aren’t very interested in having anything challenged. Getting your employees to think differently and ask questions …
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Get in the Right Mindset…

Just about everyone worries about difficult and challenging conversations.  It can be an even more stressful feeling knowing that you need to have a tough talk with someone at work. Sometimes the hardest part about having a difficult conversation with someone is just getting it started. Planning and preparation can help calm down some of …
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Are you an initiator?

Farmer A certain farmer had become old and ready to pass his farm down to one of his two sons. When he brought his sons together to speak about it, he told them: The farm will go to the younger son. The older son was furious! “What are you talking about?!” he fumed. The father sat patiently, thinking. …
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Who is in charge of your calendar?

Do you manage your calendar or does it manage you?  At the end of most days do you have a feeling of accomplishment or frustration? Calendar management is just another form of balance in your life.  Finding the time to accomplish all of the things that we need to do and all of the things …
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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

Life can literally throw us all sorts of complications and whether you are a CEO, supervisor or a brand new intern, making important decisions is a daily life responsibility and the higher up the ladder you are, the higher the stakes are with every decision. As a business leader, you must make reliable, consistent and …
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After the meeting…

Once your meeting has ended and you’ve left the conference room, gathering room or wherever it is that your company holds its meetings, you want to keep up that momentum and turn it into great work. Whether you’re a business owner, a team leader, or an experienced manager, you can take some real, everyday steps …
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A little appreciation going a long way!

As an employer, it is very important that we say “thank you” to our employees.  Their work is invaluable to us as well as their impact on our business. Did you know that more than half of all employees admit they would stay longer at their jobs if their bosses showed more appreciation? Three simple …
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