Articles tagged 'Communications'

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What Makes A Good Manager? 7 Things To Ask Before You Promote

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

It’s important to motivate and reward your best people, but is promotion really the right call?

In the medical sales field and across a number of industries, employees who perform well are often promoted to manager. The idea is to recognize your best people and foster internal talent.

This makes sense, since a recent Gallup poll discovered that 70 percent of employees aren’t actively engaged in their roles. Companies with employee engagement routinely enjoy at least 22 percent greater productivity and up to 65 percent lower turnover. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Why Office Politics Really Aren’t Such a Bad Thing

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Office politics.

The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here’s the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. Why? Because everyone around you is playing. You are in it whether you like it or not. Read more…

Talent Management

How You Can Keep Your Employees Happy in 2015

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Data suggests that 70 percent of employees are disengaged.

To put this in perspective – 70 percent is considered barely a passing grade by most educational institutions.

That’s an unacceptable statistic for long-term growth and success.

Regardless of what type of business you are in, people (human capital) are your biggest asset.  People operate your business, service your customers, and help drive innovation, allowing you to compete in a competitive marketplace. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

First Rule of Management: Everyone Doesn’t Have to Know Everything

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In an article from Psychology Today titled, Help — My Boss Is Incompetent!, Beverly D. Flaxington writes:

“They [incompetent managers] may not know which information to impart, which to hold back, and which to hold as confidential.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Upon reading Flaxington’s observations, what immediately came to my mind was all the managers from my past without the good sense to keep some nonsense to themselves instead of passing it on as worthwhile news. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Five Things Your Co-Workers Really Wish That You Knew


There’s no “I” in team.” — Classic American teamwork slogan

No, but there’s a ‘me’ if you move a few letters around.” — Sarcastic response

When was the last time you worked completely alone, with no one to help you? Unless you’re an impoverished artist starving in a garret somewhere, the answer’s probably “never.”

No matter what our career tracks or work disciplines, nearly all of us depend on other people to help and back us up. Even people who work far afield, like explorers and archaeologists, tend to work in groups or depend on a support team back home. Read more…

Talent Management

Feedback Is the Ultimate Leadership Sucker Test © haru_natsu_kobo

I think I might be on the cusp of the next great employee feedback mechanism for leadership.

I’ve been thinking about this concept for a long while. You see, for years I’ve had the opportunity to test out my various theories on employee feedback. I’ve watched my own feedback theories change over the years, but they always were grounded in people truly want feedback about their performance.

That is mostly true. People do want feedback about their performance. Read more…

HR Technology, Talent Management

Personal Interactions at Work: Is Technology Making Us Avoid Them?

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Today’s workplace is fully wired, always on and untethered to geographical boundaries.

We now have tools through which we can collaborate with people across the continent or even connect with colleagues we’ve never met.

But as HR departments and management teams scramble to increase productivity via technology, it’s worth pausing to ask how these connective tools are affecting the way we interact. Read more…


Hiding in Plain Sight: Why It’s So Hard to Find Great Managers


Great managers can help companies achieve around 150 percent higher earnings per share than their competition, and double the employee engagement levels.

On the other hand, bad managers cost businesses billions, increase turnover, and bring entire companies down, yet at least 44 percent of Americans have worked for one, and Gallup recently found that 82 percent of the time companies don’t choose managers with the right talents and skills for the job.

We all have an idea of the basic qualities that make a manager “great,” so why can’t we get it right? Read more…


What Leaders Should Really Say Every Single Day

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Change your words and change your world. Your words can be your greatest gifts or your most destructive weapons.

As a leader, your words and tone provide a window into your vision, your values, and your ability to engage and inspire others, says Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg in their new book, Do Something Now.

Whether you’re running a large company or leading a small team, the Freibergs have discovered seven (7) things the most successful leaders frequently say to communicate more effectively and draw out the best in their employees.

Follow these examples to increase your team’s results, too. Read more…

Best of TLNT

Motivating People: It Takes the Four Roots of Engagement

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 11. Our regular content will return Monday. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Haven’t we talked about employee engagement enough?

Nope! Despite the amount of time, energy and effort that organizations around the globe are investing in helping engage people in work, things aren’t improving much. Read more…