Category Archives: Management, Supervision & Leadership

From a Distance: Team-Building for Remote Workers

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Many of today’s workplaces include a mix of local and remote employees.  How does a leader conduct team-building with employees who cannot be here face-to-face?  This article shares some ideas. Embrace video and build team member awareness. Today’s technologies, like Microsoft® Skype®, Google™ Meet, Zoom and Apple® FaceTime®, offer easy ways to connect face-to-face to…
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Team Building: Activities and Art

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Here’s a set of team-building activities that combine a “team-building day out” with short team-building activities and brain teasers that follow. First, plan a team-building day out with your group. While this may take some time, the investment is worth it to relieve stress and build camaraderie. Examples may include: Volunteer together at a food…
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Words to Lead by: Shaping Company Culture

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Think about the words that people use to describe your organization. Are you going to war each day, with language like “beating targets,” “market dominance” or “fighting fires”?  Or, is the focus on people growth, with terms like “No Walls” and “One Voice.” Would you call the company a “well-oiled machine” or an “emergent lifeform?”…
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Building Balance in a Company Culture

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Think about the organizational culture of your company. Is it centralized or decentralized? Top-down or bottom up? Traditional or innovative?  We are so used to seeing organizational culture in binary terms: “this or that,” rather than “both and.” In today’s world of speed and complexity, a different perspective is needed. This article describes an organization…
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Learn How to Manage and Accept Change

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In business change is all around us, perhaps it’s a new software program that changes the way you complete your daily work, maybe your CEO retired, and the new CEO has a completely different management style, possibly you’re going through a merger or downsizing. We’ve all heard the saying “If nothing changes then nothing changes.”…
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Shaping Change by Managing Feelings

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A wonderful coach recently noted, “People don’t avoid change. They avoid pain.” She went on to stress that change management tools must consider change management behaviors— which are driven by underlying feelings and emotions. How does change cause pain?  When an employee or organization is asked to change, it can threaten deeply seated needs, such…
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Planning Your Mentoring Sessions: A Mentoring Program Outline

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There are many ways to structure a mentoring relationship.  Some mentees benefit from a free-flowing exchange. The mentee may just need someone to talk to, or they may want to hear stories from you that offer insights for their own development.  Other mentees have expectations that demand more structure.  Mentor characteristics and qualities also play…
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Motivational States: Understand and Shape Employee Motivation

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It’s hard to measure employee motivation in the workplace. Different people are motivated by different things at different times.  Given this changeability, how do we create a motivational strategy that will benefit the entire organization? A psychological tool called Reversal Theory can help. This theory provides a list of eight motivational states that managers can…
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Seven Simple Actions that Build Employee Motivation

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Thoughtfully motivating employees requires focused energy and a diverse set of motivational strategies and tools.  There are also simple activities that can support employee motivation. Here’s a list of opportunities to motivate others. Commit to them, and you will see positive outcomes in both the short and long term. Say “thank you.” Everyone is motivated…
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