Category Archives: Supervision

Need Talent? Ask the Right Best Questions

The New Year brings with it resolutions to make this year better in some meaningful way than last year. You many have exciting goals, challenging objectives, and positions to fill with new employees. What should you be on the lookout for?

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Maintaining Focus

How can you maintain and foster a healthy workplace for your employees in today’s world of a two second focus?

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Why Stay?

You can’t undo months of neglect or poor treatment. You can’t magically erase the challenges you were facing while everyone was holding on with their fingernails. But you CAN do some of the things that matter, because they matter now:

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Before Your Team Takes a Bow

The last stage of your Project Team’s existence is not the implementation of the project. It’s not the bow during applause, and it isn’t even measuring the all-important ROI.

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You Can Manage ‘Up’

Once upon a time (also known as the ‘old days’), companies operated from the top down. The boss told you what to do, and you did it. Today, employees don’t often wait for the boss to make the decision. And many bosses want people to feel empowered and take more initiative. With the pressures and constraints my clients are working with today, employees need to work together with the boss, not simply for the boss.

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Delegate: Do the Things ONLY You Can Do.

An essential skill to managing well is delegation. The problem is that many managers think they can do a better job if they just do the task themselves.

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How is Your EQ?

Being an effective leader takes a lot of work. To get the job done effectively, you have to understand how to get work done through others by planning, applying motivational theory, creating development plans, coaching, communicating and training effectively, providing improvement and reinforcement feedback and having a lot of patience […]

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Is a Bad Boss a Good Excuse?

Many managers and supervisors tell me that having a bad boss is one their biggest problems at work. I don’t disagree that a poor boss makes it harder to do your job. Bad bosses can suck up your time and attention. But before you give up, there may be some […]

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Laugh and Learn

There can be a lot of laughter in a training room. While the topics are often serious, there is a wonderful relief when people discover that they are not the only ones struggling with issues, personality types, challenging bosses and perplexing employees. In a recent group of supervisors, one participant […]

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Weather Event Plan B

As I write this post, the snow flurries from the first snowfall of 2015 are becoming a fine mist of snow. School closing and delays were broadcast on the crawl below the television picture and meetings have morphed into conference calls. While snow and winter are not mutually exclusive in […]

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