Improving team morale … in difficult times

When your team is distracted, drooping, upset over what’s happening (whatever it may be), what can you do to get them back on track, engaged and productive again? How can you raise your team’s morale, even when things are hard? In this video, you’ll learn five non-cheesy tips to help boost your team’s morale and get them focused again. Resources …

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The stress of Not Knowing

People are starting to really feel the effects of extended upheaval and stress … and not knowing. It’s hard. All of it is hard. Not knowing what’s going to happen, not knowing who will get sick, not knowing who’s already sick and about to infect you. Not knowing if you’ll have a job (if you currently have one), or find a job …

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Micromanaging: a communication problem?

Most people have had to work for or with a micromanager at some point in their career. (If you’re one of the lucky few who haven’t, congratulations – and I hope your luck holds!) Micromanagement, according to Wikipedia, is: a management style whereby a manager closely observes and/or controls and/or reminds the work of his/her subordinates or employees. Micromanagement is …

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Remote Team Meetings – 7 Quick Tips

Trying to hold meetings when everyone’s working from home, the dog’s barking, and the cat’s trying to sit on the keyboard? Here are seven quick tips to make your remote team meetings productive and enjoyable when you’re all working from home! (In fact … don’t look now, but your meetings just might be even better than they were when you …

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How are you identifying “hi-po” leaders?

What are you doing to make sure the right people are in your Emerging Leaders program? Assessing your current workforce allows you to evaluate who’s ready for advancement and training. But while the usual practice is to select the high-potential (a.k.a. “hi-po”) individuals, that’s not always the wisest option. It’s an acceptable starting point, but we need to remember that …

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Manage-from-Home Tips

I’ve started a new week-daily post on LinkedIn and Facebook under the hashtag #TheLeadershipGeekWorksFromHome. I invite you to follow the hashtag on either (or both!) platforms. What will you be getting? Here are the first eight tips: 1. Reach out daily to check in Don’t wait for your team members to contact you. There are a host of reasons why …

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Managing gossip in the workplace

As a first-line manager or supervisor, how can you manage gossip in the workplace? How can you squash gossip without being viewed as a mean manager or as the “word police”? Workplace gossip is never a good thing – it creates anxiety, it excludes people, it generates mistrust and disengaged, anxious employees. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you …

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Managing a remote team

Suddenly working from home AND trying to manage your suddenly-working-from-home employees? It’s hard enough getting organized to work from a home office, but when your whole team is trying to get organized from home and trying to stay on top of the work, it’s that much crazier. Add into that the fact that your kids and partner are also home, …

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Suddenly managing from home?

You’ve been told to work from home. On the one hand, yay: you’re at less risk for infection. But you’re used to being in the office with your team. And now you can’t walk over to someone’s desk to ask a question or get a status report, and they can’t come to your office to check in or brainstorm problems. …

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Are you contagious?

Did you know that your attitude is contagious? So is everyone else’s. A client noticed that when one of his consistently negative and cranky co-workers went on vacation, the whole office lightened up … until the co-worker came back. And it wasn’t even anyone he worked with directly. Everyone has days when they’re less than bright and bubbly. We’re human, after …

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