Successfully Leading During Protests and Civil Unrest

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By Kevin Eikenberry The events of the past few days have been emotional for everyone. A glance at the news will leave you horrified, hurt, angry, sad, or one of many other emotions. I am not qualified to offer solutions to the anger, protests, and violence. Rather, I write to you as a fellow leader… Read more »

3 Ways to Tie Individual Goals to Business Goals

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By Diane Strohfus Businesses are facing a dilemma when it comes to goals: according to Gallup, employee productivity increases by 56 percent when managers are involved in helping their reports align their goals with the needs of the organization. Despite this, only 44 percent of those employees felt they could connect their goals to those of… Read more »

Meal Break Abuse – Is It Okay to Dock Pay?

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By Daniel Kaplan How many readers have confronted the following scenario: Employer provides a paid meal break to its employees (for ease of application, we are going to suggest the paid meal break is 30 minutes in length); Employees are relieved of all work duties and responsibilities during the break; Employees are free to leave… Read more »

Back to Basics: What Is Continuous Performance Management?

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By Aaron Kinne Why am I so passionate about continuous performance management? Simple. I’ve experienced the failings of the annual review from both sides. I experienced them early in my career as a young advertising copywriter, when I received a rating lower than what I had expected in my year-end meeting with my manager. And… Read more »

Deep Truths About Culture

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  This is a guest post by Richard Fagerlin of Peak Solutions. The following four quotes are deep truths about culture. A proper understanding of each statement will help drive you, your team, and your organization to success. They also are – very tweetable. Every organization is perfectly designed to get the results it gets…. Read more »

Why Taking Notes Is Important To Your Career

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It happens to the best of us. After you leave school and enter the workforce, it’s easy to forget much of what you learned. Order of operations, iambic pentameter, creative writing, and quadratic equations are bits of knowledge you may think you no longer need. However, there is one school-learned skill that you should hang… Read more »

Make It Count: Your First Contact with a Recruiter

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Last week, we recommended some phone etiquette tips to use when on the job market. But there’s more to making a good first impression than just your etiquette. This week we will cover a few more issues that you should consider after you have submitted your resume. While you are waiting for that call back,… Read more »

Phone Etiquette: It’s Not Just for the Employed

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First impressions matter. This is especially true when on the job market. What you convey on your resume may be great, and it is the first step to getting a potential employer to call you. However, if you do receive the call, it is critical you immediately follow through on what your resume promises with… Read more »

3 Email Etiquette Tips To Save Your Professional Life

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A couple of weeks ago, we covered the importance of establishing boundaries between work and your personal life especially when it comes to your smartphone. However, some of these boundaries apply to more than just your smartphone. In fact, you should practice making these professional emailing habits second nature. It is easy to slip into… Read more »