Business Buzzwords That Make You Seem Behind the Times

We are all guilty of using the occasional buzzword in the office, but the truth is using these words too often can have a serious impact on your credibility.  They are perceived as annoying and even confusing at times, and busy professionals don’t want to waste their time trying to decipher what you are saying.   […]

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Is it Scalable? 3 Foolproof Ways to Tell

You might be an entrepreneur trying to start a new business or a venture capitalist being asked to provide funds to an emerging company.  Either way, it is important to find out if your business is scalable before moving forward with the venture. What exactly does this mean?  Simply put, scalability refers to a company’s […]

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The Benefits of Promoting from Within

As your business evolves and expands the need for a bigger management team increases.  As you grow, new positions will become available and you will need qualified workers who are capable of performing specific tasks.  When you have new positions to fill, hiring managers are faced with an important decision.  Should you look at current […]

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How to Macromanage Your Team

Being a manager comes with its fair share of challenges.  If you don’t supervise your team enough, they might not produce high enough results.  On the other hand, if you supervise them too much and micromanage everything they do, you could end up with a resentful and overworked team.  It can be difficult for managers […]

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How to Handle Disagreements Between Direct Reports

As a manager, you are constantly interacting and communicating with everyone on your team.  In the midst of all the information that is getting passed around, it is inevitable that there will be misunderstandings, personal grievances, and conflicts that flare up.   It can be difficult enough for managers to handle conflicts among team members, but […]

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How to Conduct Effective, Painless Interviews

A personal interview is your chance to really get to know a prospective employee.  You get the opportunity to delve deeper into the skills and requirements needed for the job and you get a better idea of how qualified the person is as opposed to talking to them about it over the phone.  Most importantly, […]

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How Empathy Helped Develop Myself into a Manager

When we think about what qualities make a great manager, these might be some of the first to come to mind: good communication skills, leadership, organizational skills, and expertise in the field.  While it might not be top of your list, empathy is one quality that should not be overlooked.  Empathy is the ability to […]

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How to Show Leadership Outside of My Position as a Manager

While the role of a manager includes planning, organizing, staffing, and leading their team, the job description shouldn’t stop there.  Great managers also strive to be role models that inspire the people who work for him or her.  This means they exhibit leadership and excellence outside of their position as manager.  Here are a few […]

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Why Following Through for My Employees Improved Morale for the Entire Company

Following through is an important skill for any manager.  When managers follow through on their promises, it increases their credibility as a leader and boosts the morale of the team.  Employees look to their managers for support, encouragement, and guidance.  When managers fail to follow through on promises they have made, they also fail their […]

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How to Lead Team Meetings in a Productive and Positive Way

It’s Thursday afternoon and it’s time for your staff’s weekly team meeting. Chances are team members aren’t overly enthusiastic about spending the next hour going over mindless details. Unfortunately, many of the meetings we attend are boring, lackluster, and inefficient and end up leaving everyone feeling emotionally exhausted and increasingly frustrated. However, it doesn’t have […]

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