Memos to Managers

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Let’s all play nice! Prevent and manage bullying in the workplace

April 21, 2016
Here are a few simple ways to prevent and manage workplace bullying—for the sake of your staff, and your own ability to be an influential manager.
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NLRB says it’s OK to cuss out your boss

April 18, 2016
A company has been ordered to rehire workers fired for profane notes.
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Don’t add fuel when you fire: 6 tips for terminations

March 10, 2016
If you supervise employees in any capacity, there will come a time when you need to let someone go. Here are some tips for making the best of a bad situation.
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10 FBI tricks for effective persuasion

February 24, 2016
What can managers, executives and leaders learn from the FBI’s techniques?
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Where are we? How to write a status report

February 11, 2016
It happens to every manager: Someone above you asks for a status report on a project you’re leading. If you don’t have a model or template to work off of, gather up all those sticky notes and memos and follow these tips.
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It’s OK to have favorites … just don’t PLAY favorites

December 4, 2015

Studies show that managers often unknowingly give the benefit of the doubt to employees that they like, even employees who are average or subpar performers. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that most managers would rather work with “lovable fools” than “competent jerks.” To make sure you’re not unwittingly playing favorites, consider these issues.

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Analysis paralysis? 4 tips for making better decisions

October 26, 2015
Your ability to make sound business decisions swiftly—even when they involve ambiguity and risk—is a major factor in your ability to guide and manage a successful team. Here are some simple ways to help you make better decisions.
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What to do when an employee quits without notice

September 23, 2015
Though you can’t control the actions of the employee or force him to stay in a job, you can mitigate the aftermath with a few smart steps.
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Brainstorming for true creative gladiators

September 14, 2015
Amazing ideas don’t come easy, and the process of emboldening a staff to achieve brilliance shouldn’t be pretty. If you want to be known as a real brainstorming gladiator, you’ve got to take some chances and go above and beyond the ordinary. Ready to get serious about it?
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Back to school: 4 teacher tactics to use with your staff

August 28, 2015

Teachers are some of the first “managers” that people ever encounter. Teachers organize each day to get maximum results from their charges, and they must deal with a wide variety of skills levels, motivation levels and communication challenges along the way. Here are four ideas worth borrowing from teachers to bring to the workplace.

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