Dear Suzanne, I’m under pressure to increase staff productivity in my department. So far, I have taken these steps: added productivity issues as a standing item on weekly meetings. give team members ideas about how they can increase their output and speed developing software products and getting them to market. scoured project plans, trying to… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Employee Development
“We have an innate desire to endlessly learn, grow and develop. We want to become more than what we already are. Once we yield to this inclination for continuous and never-ending improvement, we lead a life of endless accomplishments and satisfaction.” ~Chuck Gallozzi In “The Success Principles, How to Get from Where You Are to… Read more »
Making choices is one of the most difficult tasks that leaders address each day. So much data, increasing market segmentation possibilities, and a raft of subtle options, face us each day -each of which has a different possible outcome. After pursuing too many choices and special projects, keeping too a variety of options on the… Read more »
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ― Mark Twain From this rather graphic Mark Twain quote came the title of Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done In Less Time. What… Read more »
“As a manager, you’re responsible for leading, inspiring, influencing, encouraging and getting results fro others. It’s a difficult task because each person youwork with has a different personaliuty, system of values and beliefs, attitude, and level of self-confidence.” ~Suzanne Updegraff, Author, Business Leader, CEO Do you consider developing your team members as critical to strengthening… Read more »
Think about the best manager that you’ve ever had. What put him or her into that category for you? Undoubtedly, your performance was enhanced while you were working with that manager. Now think about your own team members. Do you think you fall into the “Good Boss” category for them? If you aren’t sure, here… Read more »
When was the last time you heard the words, trust me. Did you believe it? Probably not. Trust and confidence seem to be in high demand but short supply these days, likely a result of recent economic times. Ironically, trust is the number one component to sustaining excellence. In the words of Suzanne Updegraff, author,… Read more »
Have your in-house training programs stalled out? Recent research has confirmed that the actual learning event represents only part of the learning experience. A University of Phoenix study showed a strong trend toward informal learning. As much as 50% of learning occurred as a follow-up to the training event. This is corroborates the importance of using… Read more »
It is a documented conclusion through studies conducted on employee engagement, retention and high potential performers that the majority of employees don’t quit the job. They quit the manager. When the Gallup organization researched over one million people, in order to discover how to attract and keep talented employees, the findings reinforced that the key… Read more »
Research findings by the Harvard Business Review have found that employees who feel that they are thriving in the workplace demonstrated 16% better overall performance (as reported by their managers) and 125% less burnout (self-reported) than their peers. They were 32% more committed to the organization and 46% more satisfied with their jobs. They also… Read more »
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