10 Ways a Bad Boss Destroys Morale

"Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities." ~Walter Scott "For success, attitude is equally as important as ability." ~Harry F. Banks We’ve all had those bosses that made the day to day grind of work nearly unbearable. They took...

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10 Things That Make Your Employees Deliriously Happy

"If you're good to your staff when things are going well, they'll rally when times go bad." - Mary Kay Ash "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” ~Aristotle Do you want more productivity out of your team? Then you need look no further than their happiness. Gretchen Spreitzer of...

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Top 10 Things Wrong With Performance Reviews

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." ~Norman Peale "How you measure the performance of your managers directly affects the way they act." ~Gustave Flaubert Performance reviews are among the most nerve-racking and uncomfortable...

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10 Great Ways Leaders Deal With people They Don't Like

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges." ~Sir Isaac Newton "Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would." ~Nelson Mandela For most of us, it was around some point in Elementary School where we realized for the first time that there were just...

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Top Ten Daily Habits of Great Leaders

"Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day." -~Jim Rohn "Successful people make the right decisions early and manage those decisions daily." ~John Maxwell One of the overlooked foundations of greatness is consistency. The very best people at a given task do...

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Top 10 Ways To Bring Out The Best in Your Employees

"A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and those who are doing well to do even better." ~Jim Rohn "The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players." ~Blaine Lee Great leaders don’t...

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The Reasons Your Best Employees Might Quit

"The employer generally gets the employees they deserve." ~J. Paul Getty Organizations today face one of the toughest environments they have ever had for hiring and retaining top talent. It isn’t that top talent is difficult to find or that there is a shortage in any way, it’s that the top...

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The #1 Thing to Get More Buy-in From Your Employees

Buy-in isn’t really that complicated, it comes from an alignment of mutual goals and mutual benefit that encourages a willingness to put forth effort. But as with many things, the “devil is in the details.” After all, that alignment isn’t always obvious to you or others. Luckily, there is a hack...

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How to Tame Your To Do List

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~Peter Drucker Two things trip up most leaders’ attempts at managing their time. The first is the fact that the best systems and best intentions quickly run into dynamics in the real world: You’ll get interrupted, there will be an...

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How to Motivate Underpaid and Overworked Employees

These blog posts take an interesting question that I was asked in my daily Live Q&A Podcasts on Facebook and give it another look. To listen to the entire Q&A, check out the podcast version on iTunes or Soundcloud for free access anywhere, or on my Facebook Page. The Question: “How...

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