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8 Ways to Help Make Your Office Meetings More Tolerable

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Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” — John Kenneth Galbraith, economist.

As we can all attest, business meetings often waste valuable productive time and tend to last far longer than they should.

But until we learn to communicate telepathically, they will remain a necessary evil — not just as a means of exchanging ideas and information — but also as a way to build relationships with others.

That doesn’t mean we have to like them. Read more…

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3 Keys to Being a Good Boss – It’s About Presence, Praise & Promise

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Today’s post is inspired by this one on small gestures made by good bosses, especially those at the most senior level.

It’s also inspired by a sneak-peek I got at the results of our latest Workforce Mood Tracker survey, which showed employees would rather have a better boss than more money in their paycheck.

That caused me to think about the characteristics of a better boss. While there are many, these three seem to rise to the top continually: Read more…

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A Close Look at What CEOs Really Think About Employee Engagement

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Have you ever wondered what your CEO really thinks about employee engagement?

Many of us have, and new research from the UK’s Ashridge Business School provides some answers.

The study found CEOs had a pretty good idea of what employee engagement is and what it could do for their organizations. They view engagement as a strategic narrative (and ongoing dialogue) within their organizations that creates emotional connections and purpose for employees. Their view of the end result is a culture where people choose to give the very best of themselves at work. Read more…

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3 Good Reasons You Should Re-Hire Someone You Fired

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There is an unwritten HR law that needs to be addressed. This law states: “If you fire an employee, at no time in the history of mankind should you hire back that employee to your organization.”

So it is said, so shall it be…

I was reading an article recently about ESPN’s new CEO, John Skipper, when he was asked about bringing back former polarizing Sports Center anchor Keith Olbermann. Here’s what Skipper had to say about the possibility of bringing back Olbermann: Read more…

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Performance Management Is Simple: You Either Work Hard, or You Don’t

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HR ladies secretly love to write performance improvement plans.

Let’s face it — performance problems are exciting. No matter how it ends, HR looks like it is making an impact on the company. And you get to use your lawyer voice!

(Why the hell did I earn my SPHR if I can’t play lawyer?) Read more…

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What Do You Do When Everyone Thinks They Are Exceptional?

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Question: “How do you deal with people and teams who are average performers but who rate themselves as exceptional?”

This came up on our last Member coaching hour call and I decided to write about it.

Since the call, I’ve dug out the performance rating definitions I created to add to whatever corporate ones existed. I found these helped to me clarify the difference between the performance levels. Use them if they are useful to you! Read more…

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Hiring Secrets from Great Coaches and Other Workplace Myths

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Every so often, someone publishes an article about lessons learned from great coaches offering advice about how to select people.

Sorry, this is useless nonsense.

Why do I say that? Great coaches don’t work with players who pass an interview. Their players are thoroughly pre-screened by skilled talent scouts who watched each and every one of them excel at the game. Only the best and most talented players ever got to meet the coach. Read more…

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Developing Leaders: 10 Steps to Help to Do It Through Delegation

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Creating future “owners. That’s the job of a leader.

That means cultivating team members who “own” the vision like we do, not merely directing a group of people who “rent” the vision. If leaders fail to delegate responsibilities, they will never fully develop “owners.”

To put it in perspective of a leader, when “I” am unable to both delegate projects and develop people: Read more…

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The 3 Most Hated Interview Questions – and How You Can Juice Them Up

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When you’re asking interview questions day in and day out, it’s easy to fall into a rut.

Even the most intuitive and engaging hiring managers may find themselves rattling off the same set of stock questions every day, and thanks to Google, these prompts are less effective than ever before. Applicants search online for common corporate hiring questions and then simply memorize their responses. It’s hard to learn anything about your candidates when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear. Read more…

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Keeping Employees Happy? Hey CEOs, This Isn’t Rocket Science

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Are you tired of hearing about all of the ways you can make your company a “win-win?”

Yeah, I know the jargon gets old — but the goal shouldn’t.

As much as I don’t like jargon, business leaders can achieve a win-win in their organizations. It’s not difficult but does require effort and accountability from the rest of management. A splash of empathy always helps, too. Read more…