A quick guide to giving orders

December 4, 2015
There’s something about giving orders that makes most of us slightly uncomfortable if not downright queasy. But sometimes a situation makes it necessary to give a direct order to an employee and know that it will be carried out. Here’s how.
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Put your daily interactions under the microscope

December 2, 2015
Today at work, you may have dozens of interactions with people. How many of them, though, are actually worthy? Try this experiment on a busy day: On a sheet of paper, track with a simple mark how many individual times you discuss work with people—a mark for each meeting, office visit or casual chat at […]
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Sometimes, you just need to say ‘no’

November 30, 2015

How many times would you like to say, “No, I can’t help you,” but refrain from doing so? The result is an overload of work when you’re still trying to complete the projects that fall within your job responsibilities.

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How to be comfortable with conflict

November 26, 2015
Speaker and author Edgar Papke says it becomes much easier when you think of conflict in a different way: as the pursuit of truth.
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Gather advice to improve your team

November 14, 2015

Along with your 2016 goal-setting and budget planning, also take some time to think about how you can improve how your team functions. Ask your employees to answer these questions in writing.

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Don’t ignore workers’ personal issues

November 12, 2015
Here are three things to keep in mind to help employees achieve maximum productivity when battling personal problems, according to Gabriel Bristol, president and CEO of Intelicare Direct.
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A suggestion box reveals a harsh truth to its creator

November 10, 2015
Is there a germ of sad wisdom in this cartoon depicting a manager’s suggestion box follies?
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The power of a blog

October 1, 2015
The level of engagement can be much higher with a blog than other forms of social media because followers become invested in the content. Boost reader engage­­ment by following these tips.
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Give advice that counts

September 17, 2015
You have the knowledge. Your employees can benefit from it. Now comes the tricky task of communicating so that your advice makes a difference.
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At work, cut the sarcasm

September 14, 2015
The sad truth is that sarcasm reveals more about you than the people you target. Ask yourself: Why do I do it?
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