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Archive for October, 2019

Management Tips

9 Steps to Improve Your Listening

Act on It! by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman has some great information for tough management challenges.  Most Managers truly believe that they are good listeners…but their employees would disagree.

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Did she really recommend that I procrastinate?

SOMETIMES PROCRASTINATION IS “GOOD!”

by Carol Williams

Let’s be real. Do you procrastinate?

If “yes” then welcome to Being Human. There is NOTHING wrong with you. (Can I stop reading now?) Procrastination is our way of avoiding something unpleasant. Our bodies and minds are saying, NO! My challenge to you is, why is it unpleasant? This question equals,

“why am I procrastinating?”

Ask yourself:

  1. What is your expectation?
  2. How did you establish said expectation? Did it come from childhood? Teachers? Supervisors?
  3. What might happen if this expectation did not exist? That you CHANGE it to another one?
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Best Hiring Practices

What You Can and Can’t Ask a Job Applicant

In the course of your search for your next employee there are federal and state rules you will want to keep in mind…

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 62% of small businesses recently reported hiring or trying to hire employees. Many small businesses are stressed to find qualified job applicants and are scrambling to fill positions. If you are in the market for a new employee, there are many considerations: Does the applicant have the skills to do the job? Will he or she fit into your company culture? Can you afford the cost of a potential new employee? Great questions to ask. But in the course of your search for your next employee, be sure you don’t run into conflict with federal and state rules. If you go about it the wrong way, you not only can lose out on hiring the next best employee but can be exposed to possible legal action against you. Here are federal and state rules to observe so you can hire wisely.

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Your Pain Points

By Jeff Saari

Effective Leadership

In a session this morning my client told me that the reason he has become more effective in his leadership is because he had a ‘humbling’ experience last year.  This manager almost didn’t make it in his organization as his behavior over time had become toxic.  He first came to me after this humbling experience and he and I have done some really great, challenging and fun work together.  The humbling experience was getting 360 feedback in the organization which was largely critical, as well as being put on the chopping block if he didn’t turn around.  I like his story so much because it illustrates that 1. we can turn around, and 2. we need to know what our blind spots or pain points are in order to grow.

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