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Identifying Employees To Promote

As much as you may enjoy promoting deserving employees into positions of management, proceed with care. Some stellar worker bees won’t make good supervisors. What’s more, they may prefer to remain in their current roles.
Look for these five characteristics in those you want to promote:
Motivation. Ideally, you want to assemble a team of self-directed managers who are driven to succeed. If they express a desire to embrace new challenges—such as managing…

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The Top 10 Things That Put You At Risk For Job Burnout

1.         Suffering on the job.

Source: unaware of distinction: pain vs suffering. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

2.         Feeling pushed to produce, beyond your natural limit.

Source: poor boundary-setting skills

3.         Over promising and barely keeping up.

Source: adrenaline addiction

4.         Giving too much, not...

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The Top 10 Ways to Empower Your Employees

The word empower is often over-used. Many employers talk about empowering their employees but often employees feel disempowered. Here’s a list of the top 10 things you can do that will really empower your employees, according to employees, not employers!

1.         Allow employees to actively participate in team and company goals.

Look for every opportunity to include employees at every level of the organization, in being active participants. Employees often report getting one-way directives instead.

 2.         Allow employees to suggest better ways of getting their jobs done.

Ask for employee suggestions for other ways of getting the task or project accomplished. Listen and be willing to really hear the employees’ comments. Employees often report that they have no input and are told exactly how to perform their jobs, leaving no creativity.

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In today’s 24/7 driven business word, accountability is becoming more critical issue for every business owner, executive and salesperson. The challenge is to realize that accountability is just not a single issue, but an issue with many supporting elements. To maintain and thrive as an accountable individual first requires overcoming the fear to embrace these elements and then a plan to ensure that you are an accountable individual.


Action – What actions did you take or not take and why?

Commitment – Are you truly committed to doing...

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Changing Landscapes by Seeing with New Eyes

A Story – One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. Upon return from their trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh, yeah,” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” continued the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to leave on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to...

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Receive Criticism Successfully

To receive criticism effectively, try these techniques:

• Put your shields up. Immediately picture a protective shield surrounding you before you react. This buys you a few seconds to examine your critic’s intentions. Should you explore the criticism further as a possible way to grow professionally? Or should you dismiss it as only a hurtful message?

• Act like a coffee filter. If you explore the criticism further, you need to strain out the emotional grounds — the critic’s fear or anger — from the facts.

• This allows...

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Think Successfully

By Coach Eric


Unless you live in a cave, you’ve heard it regularly during World Cup play. A good fifteen seconds of airtime (although it seems much longer) devoted to that one word – and all because someone kicked a little white ball into a much larger net.

Why is that call so over-the-top? Maybe it’s because soccer players don’t score goals often.

Is the same true for your business? Is each achievement a near-miraculous event? If you had the option, wouldn’t you rather be shooting hoops, where achieving something is almost routine?

So, how do you make reaching your goals a matter of “when” instead of “if”?

Creating SMART goals is a good first step:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Action-oriented
  4. Realistic
  5. Time-boxed

In short, create goals that commit you to doing something specific in a specific period of time, and which give you a yardstick that tells you if you succeeded.

I left out Realistic because that part of SMART deserves special mention. Realistic does not...

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Define Success.


ake it clear to your employees what constitutes success and how they should measure their achievements. Goals must be realistic. Project schedules, for example, must be set by the people who do the work. People will accept a ``bottom-up'' deadline they helped set but they'll be cynical about a schedule imposed from the top that doesn't map to reality. Unachievable goals weaken an organization. At my company, in addition to regular team meetings and one-on-one sessions between managers and employees, we use mass gatherings periodically and e-mail routinely to communicate what we expect from employees. If a reviewer or customer chooses another company's product over ours, we analyze the situation carefully. We say to our people, ``The next time around we've got to win. What will it take? What's needed?'' The answers to these questions help us define success.

Bill Gates, Microsoft

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  1. 360-Degree Feedback provides answers to the vital self-management question, "How am I doing?" As leaders rise in the hierarchy, they receive less and less honest information about themselves, 360 assessment can provide them with the information they need to take corrective action.
  2. Asking for 360-Degree Feedback is a mechanism for continuous improvement. For leaders to apply that notion to themselves, and serve as...

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Attitude Adjustment

A CEO of a large company recently asked me to give him tips on how he could improve the attitudes of his employees. He said that he was concerned because it seemed like negative attitudes were permeating throughout many of the company’s departments. I told him that if he is noticing those attitudes, so are his customers.

 Here are the 5 steps I suggested he implement to begin improving employee attitudes:

  1. As you hire new employees, focus primarily on their attitudes, not just their skills. Most skills can be taught, attitudes cannot. Pay very careful attention to the demeanor, attitude and enthusiasm of job candidates. If there is even the slightest doubt in your mind about their sincerity—don’t hire them.
  2. Seriously consider terminating employees who continue to be extremely negative even after they have been given several opportunities to improve their behavior. Attitudes are...

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Trying To Change?

List Your Values

Like Many People, You May Feel Frustrated Trying To Change A Bad Habit.

Sometimes people fail because they focus on the wrong reasons for changing.

Perhaps you've tried to get regular exercise but can never stick with it. It may be that your motivation to exercise is what's tripping you up. Maybe it's time to step back and reconsider your reasons for wanting to change.

Perhaps you are focused on exercising mainly as a way to lose weight. While this isn't a bad reason for changing, it may not be motivating enough to help you stick with it.

Instead, think about how getting regular exercise ties in with what you value most in life. Write down your list of values. It might include your family, your health and longevity and your self-esteem. Now focus on how exercise will help support those values. Exercise can help you live a longer life by lowering your risk ...

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Improve Morale - Give Employees Time Off!

Given the current state of the economy, giving your employees time off is probably the furthest thing from your mind.  However, not giving enough attention to this subject could come back to bite you later . . . and it might do so sooner than you think!

The reason is simple.  There’s a good chance that the employees you currently have are anxious and apprehensive at the moment.  With layoff figures and unemployment numbers in the headlines just about every week, it’s only natural that they carry some trepidation with them to their job.  The problem is that you need them at the top of their game in order to put their talent and skills to the best possible use.

This is why you should ensure that your employees take the time off they need, especially their vacation time.

If they’re well rested and refreshed, then you’ll reap the benefits upon their return:

·        Company culture—A more relaxed atmosphere contributes to a better culture within the company.  Employees, like everybody else, are intrinsically drawn to people and/or things that help them to reduce the stress in their lives.  Your company could be one of those things.

·        Productivity—Employees are more productive when they’re rested and relaxed, not when they’re frazzled and feel worn out.

·        Loyalty—A ...

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Addressing ‘Un-engaged’ Employees

In spite of current economic conditions, there are still employees in the workforce these days that are not “actively engaged” at their company. In other words, they don’t display passion or enthusiasm about their job, and as a result, their production (as well as their overall contribution to the company) suffers. At times like these, the last thing that companies need is lost productivity.

While some companies may have already laid-off many of their under-performing or “un-engaged” employees, some might remain. This could be for a number of different reasons, and perhaps a combination thereof. Some of these reasons are listed below:

  • The employee was highly productive in the past.
  • The employee was responsible for the creation of a product and/or service that brought the company considerable revenue.
  • The employee has been with the company for a long time.
  • The employee is on a team integral to the creation of future revenue.

Regardless of the reason or reasons that the person is still with the company, their engagement (i.e., production) is important.

As a result, the fact that they’re un-engaged is a reason for concern and should be addressed as soon as possible. After all, if the company is depending upon this individual for future success, they should be re-engaged in an expedient fashion.

The following are suggestions for ...

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EMP113-062615-How Can I Improve My Memory

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How Can I Improve My Memory?

 How Can I Improve My Memory?

The memory is very precious to us as it is a window to the events that have taken place in our lives. It can be frustrating though when you remember something that occurred 20 years ago but not what you need to pick up at the store this afternoon. Many people wish that they could improve their memory. There are many ways of going about doing so rather than just being frustrated or upset over the situation.


Before we talk about how to improve your memory, we need to cover the ways in which materials are learned. As you hear new information or you are exposed to a new experience, your mind has to decode what has been sent to you. It is going to interpret it in a given way. If you are focused on this aspect of things then your brain is going to file that information away.


It is as if you opened a file cabinet and dropped the information inside of it. When you are ready to retrieve that information your brain will pull it back up for you just like if you were to walk up to that file cabinet and take out the file you had previously placed inside of it.


You may remember ...

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EMP114-082615-Finding Enthusiasm 

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Finding Enthusiasm

One of the most elemental solutions for finding enthusiasm is to focus on the benefit you will derive from completing a particular task. In some situations it’s easy to discover the benefit. For instance, you may hate wrapping presents, but you know the person you’re giving the present to will be overjoyed when presented with this lovely paper-wrapped gift, and so you derive happiness from envisioning the recipient opening the present.

Other circumstances will not have such obvious benefits. If you were to find yourself trying to change a flat tire on the side of the road in the middle of a storm, it would undoubtedly be difficult to find your silver lining. Under stressful circumstances, give yourself permission to think of the wildest benefit you can come up with. Perhaps you were on your way to a party you would rather not have gone to. In that case, your flat tire would give you the perfect excuse to turn around and go back home.


There is some good ...

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