Memos to Managers

Focus on potential too

February 27, 2019
The most successful leaders see the potential in their employees—and they have a plan to help them realize that potential, says David Deacon, author of The Self-Determined Manager. He recommends you spend time answering these questions for each employee.
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Management skills checklist: Which do you do well?

January 25, 2019
The most effective managers demonstrate a very specific set of skills and behaviors in the workplace. New research by MindTools and the London Business School identified these core skills that the best managers master.
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Become a better manager with this 15-minute daily habit

January 25, 2019
A daily self-assessment practice may be the most impactful growth tool you can use to be a more effective, more fulfilled manager.
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Burnout! Four main causes of employee stress, and what you can do about it

August 24, 2018
You’ve put in the long hours to build a relationship with your team, and to better understand their strengths, weaknesses, motivators and goals for the future. While these are all key components to a successful relationship with your staff, it’s for naught if you can’t proactively prevent employee burnout.
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A comical take on employee recognition

May 16, 2018
Watch Michelle Pena, senior editor at Business Management Daily, as she bravely endures the loss of the much-coveted Top Banana award. Will this silly video make you rethink how you approach acknowledging star employees?
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Parent power: How raising children can make you a better manager

April 13, 2018
Becoming a parent obviously changes one’s personal life. However, the effects of such a monumental event often extend beyond the home front and into the office.
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Onward & upward: How to use career pathing to support employees’ development

March 23, 2018
Want to retain more of your top performing employees, increase engagement and productivity, and support their interests and future goals? Introduce your team to career pathing.
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6 leaders’ top hiring questions

January 5, 2018

What they ask, and why.

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Help employees connect with their work & workplace

October 26, 2017

Gallup has found that just a third of U.S. employees are fully engaged in their jobs. At the other end, 16% of workers are “actively disengaged” in their work.

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Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

September 9, 2017
Whether you’re managing a new team as a result of a promotion, job change or an organizational restructure, stepping in to lead a pre-existing team—and the established dynamics, group norms and expectations they tend to possess—demands a thoughtful management strategy. Here are some tips on how to manage a new staff.
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