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A Sports Model For Teamwork

If you are a manager, consider the following: Old-line hierarchical companies follow a football model of organization. Everyone lines up in a specific place under the direction of the quarterback. The quarterback is the only person responsible for seeing the whole field and determining strategy. Action stops in between plays, so the company has time… Read More »

Having Fun At Work Doesn’t Happen By Accident

Having fun at work boosts morale, productivity and creativity, while reducing burnout and turnover. But it doesn’t happen by accident.   Here’s how three companies promote fun at work:   Lands’ End recruits about 2,600 employees a year for its catalog business in Dodgeville, Wis. – a small town in a state with low unemployment.… Read More »

How CEO’s Handle Their Power

Emotional Intelligence CEO’s typically put in countless hours to prepare for this important company role. They tend to learn how to be a leader during their stay in middle management. Often, these managers make mistakes such as being overbearing, micromanaging, and forgetting to invest in people on occasion. Over time, they learned what they did… Read More »

Ten Ways To Welcome Your New Recruits

A brand new hire joining your team is quite the accomplishment. After countless hours of recruiting, you’ve made it to their start date. It’s time to roll out the red carpet a bit and make them feel welcome. Don’t miss this important aspect of training your new hire because you want them to stick around… Read More »

Tips For Conducting Better Training Meetings

As a team leader, conducting a productive training is challenging.¬†Your training meeting must be informative, relevant, open for participation, fun, and motivating. Here are some suggestions for making your meetings more effective:   Treat all of your team members as knowledgeable. Appreciate their experiences and their opinions.   Do not lecture. How boring! Make the… Read More »

Managing Through Goal Setting

Unless you know what you want to achieve, there’s no way to measure how close you are to achieving that objective. Goals give you a standard against which to measure your progress. The goals you set for accomplishing the company’s/department’s mission must be in line with the vision and what your company wants you to… Read More »

How To Bridge The Soft Skills Gap

As more and more young people come into the marketplace, the larger the soft skills gap becomes. There is no way to avoid hiring individuals that lack these skills. Instead of limiting your hiring radius, build soft skill training into the culture of your business.   Determine What Soft Skills Are Most Important: There are… Read More »

Two Traits Hiring Managers Look For During Interviews

Hiring managers look for similar things when interviewing candidates. However, there are some traits they look for and they don’t even realize it themselves. Job seekers need to understand this in order to interview well and be seen in the best light.   Hiring Managers are Only Human A company’s hiring manager is often quite… Read More »

Employees Just Want To Have Fun!

An extensive, company-sponsored recreation and social program can be a boost to moral – but it can also be a fiscal and managerial nightmare to the CEO who has to administer it. Jack Stack, CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Center Corp., in Springfield, MO., was so intent on fostering healthy relations with his 450 employees that… Read More »

7 Attributes of a Great Management Hire

Hiring is not an easy feat. When you try to hire for a manager, the task is even more difficult. The candidate that you select for a management role needs to be passionate, innovative, solution oriented, dynamic and have an exceptional work ethic. When hiring for a management position you’ll want to look for the… Read More »