Managing & Communicating

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More ‘chiefs’ means more engagement

April 20, 2018
At West Monroe Partners, a Chicago-based management consulting firm, you can meet the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Hot Sauce Officer.
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1-Minute Strategies: May ’18

April 20, 2018
The best way to end a conversation on social media.
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Deal with 3 communication slips

April 20, 2018
Even your best employees have communication habits that get under your skin. Follow this advice on how to respond—and put an end to these annoying communication gaffes.
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Sluggish staff? There’s a nap for that

April 20, 2018
Could permitting employees to take a short nap re-energize your workplace? The National Sleep Foundation touts that 20–30 minutes of shut-eye can improve mood, alertness, and performance.
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Individual development plans: A trap?

April 2, 2018
Many organizations around the world use development plans to document their employees’ development goals by itemizing the skills they need to improve and the learning activities they should undertake. In theory this is an honorable effort, but in practice, at most organizations development plans have become just another bureaucratic exercise that consumes time and effort without producing the desired results.
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Eradicating workplace bullying

March 26, 2018
Bullying is not conflict or simple acts of incivility, it is ongoing and pervasive abuse that causes stress, anxiety, and depression, which leads to health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
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1-Minute Strategies: April ’18

March 26, 2018
Don’t pile too much on a talented employee.
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Get an aloof employee to collaborate

March 26, 2018
You encourage teamwork among your staff, but no amount of preaching will help if certain workers relish their independence, bear grudges against co-workers or fear being left out when it’s time to roll the credits. To win them over, meet with them privately and ask four questions.
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Employee lying? Here are the signs

February 26, 2018

Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, says to look for these common tip-offs.

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Squeeze value from meetings

February 24, 2018

To convey your organization’s new direction to employees, you host lots of informational meetings. You strive to stay on message and repeatedly emphasize core pillars of change. But to ensure that your meetings sink in, stop diagramming your vision like a football coach mapping out a play. Instead, let the group talk.

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