Category Archives: Supervision

Not WHAT – HOW

When managers are not happy with employee performance, they often provide improvement feedback, advising the employee what they want to see. Sometimes it’s general: I want to see an improvement in your communication You need to improve your relationships with the finance department. I’d like to see more employee engagement. […]

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Stop Being So Binary

When you ask ‘yes/no’ questions, you are often only looking for two possible answers. Sure – that’s more efficient. And everyone these days wants to be getting things done more quickly. But it limits the information you get before you even get it! And information is incredibly useful.

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Engaged: Near or Far

Employee engagement is what organizations are focused on today and the success or failure to create an engaged workforce lies squarely between the manager and the employee. It’s been said that people join organizations but stay because of management.

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Show Them They Have Value

It doesn’t seem to matter what industry, organizational level, or number of years a manager has in their job; the biggest error I see the boss making is thinking that they need to have all of the answers. It’s not just exhausting for the boss, it’s counterproductive for the role […]

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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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