Use Personality Tests to Manage Direct & Indirect Communicators

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How directly people express themselves is an important indication of what personality type they are. Think about the people you manage at work: who is very assertive and outspoken and who is very reserved and subtle? Who is somewhere in the middle? Directness is a wide spectrum, and both direct and indirect behaviors are appropriate… Read more »

Why Management Training is Still Important

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Motivated, hard-working employees strive to take on more responsibility and leadership as they advance in their careers, but how ready are most people for a management role? According to a CareerBuilder survey of employers and workers released in March 2011, they may not be nearly prepared enough. More than one-fourth (26 percent) of managers surveyed… Read more »

Make Performance Management an Ongoing Priority

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Ah, the dreaded performance review. It comes around at least once a year, and it is often a source of anxiety and stress for employees and managers alike. Employees may fear hearing surprising criticism about their work or behavior, and managers may dread bringing up unpleasant topics and implementing unwelcome changes. Feedback doesn’t have to… Read more »

The Experts Speak: The New Path to Business Success Found in Leveraging Human Potential

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Recent research and business trends indicate that meaning is the new money. Employees are seeking useful, progressive self-development and career resources and employers are seeking cost-effective ways to support the career development of their top talent. Employee Development Systems, Inc. supports this trend by offering a management development newsletter that distinguishes itself from its counterparts… Read more »

4 Daily Reminders for Management Development

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Do you think of yourself as an effective manager? Do you spend time consciously working on your leadership skills the way you would any other talent or ability? How often? Management development can sometimes get lost in the shuffle when you are focused on your busy work schedule, but it should be an important part… Read more »

3 Time-Saving Alternatives to Staff Meetings

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How many hours a week do you spend in meetings? And how many of these hours do you think are productive and the best use of your time? Many organizations fall into the trap of overscheduling their employees in too many staff meetings that take away from the real work that needs to be done…. Read more »

3 Tips for Giving Constructive Criticism at Work

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Part of being an effective leader and a good manager is honing your ability to give negative feedback in a productive way. It can be challenging to give constructive criticism in a manner that helps an employee learn and grow, rather than becoming defensive or hurt. Use these tips to communicate your message clearly and… Read more »

Take Action to Boost Employee Engagement

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If employees in your organization are invested in the work they do and personally satisfied with their performance, they are more likely to be engaged in their jobs and therefore more apt to stay instead of looking for other career opportunities. Though engagement levels stayed relatively constant between 2008 and 2010, the percentage of employees… Read more »

4 Project Management Tips for Success

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Seeing a project through from start to finish, usually while facing challenges such as budget limitations and time constraints, is both an art and a science. A skilled project manager is able to stay on a tight schedule, manage people and tasks smoothly and be flexible enough to make last-minute changes, all without losing sight… Read more »