In a recent Inc.com interview, Dr. Hossein Rahnama, a CEO and associate professor, says there are things he has learned while teaching that have informed his approach to leadership.  Here are three of the lessons he believes leaders can learn from professors. Ditch the “sit and listen” lecture model.  It’s not effective and employees would be better […]

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According to Harvard Business Review contributor Jon Christiansen, there are more job openings than there are unemployed people.  That fact, along with the high cost of losing talent, makes it critical to keep the good performers you have.  Yet, Christiansen says there are several things employers commonly do that make people quit.  Here are two. Inconsistent goals or […]

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If you’re losing your most valuable players, talent hoarding could be why. According to a recent Gallup article, when good employees believe that the only way up is out, they’ll look for and probably find new jobs.   Managers who are behind this dilemma, are only doing what comes naturally to them. They’re likely experiencing one of two […]

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When managers hoard talent, they may think they’re protecting their turf. But according to Gallup, they’re actually driving the best people away.  When great employees realize they won’t be given opportunities to move up, they’ll look for work outside the company. Gallup recommends these approaches to those responsible for managing human capital.   Realize you may already have […]

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If you’ve become the ear for an office complainer, you might want to turn the volume up for this advice from CNN’s Kathryn Vasel.  Here are four tips she offers that may help you manage this type of co-worker.   Look for a pattern. Why are they complaining?  Do they complain at the same time every day, about […]

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Today’s high-pressure work environment can take its toll on managers. According to Gallup, the way a manager feels and acts is contagious and can infect their team, as well as others. If they’re burned out and disengaged, it can spread virally throughout the company – which often results in costly turnover and lost productivity. Gallup says there […]

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I bet meetings are a big part of your work life.  In his Ted-X-UNC-Charlotte Talk, Steven Rogelberg suggests six ways to make them better.  Invite the smallest number of participants possible.  No spectators or people there just to listen.  Attend only the part of the meeting that’s relevant to you.   Be a good host if you’re the meeting […]

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Often, leaders are extroverts with lots of charisma and energy. But two related studies from Ohio State University reveal that there are limits to how effective that personality trait can be.  The two subject groups included 260 undergraduate students and 337 employees at a large Chinese retail company. The research found that extroverted leaders tended to […]

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If you have an employee who takes up more than their fair share of time, a recent Society of Human Resource Management article says you first need to understand why before you can take appropriate steps. The employee may be insecure or lack the necessary experience to complete the assigned task.  Insecurity can come from low […]

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Are you a leader who struggles to see the value of building relationships with your team?  Do you see the personal stuff as a distraction? Harvard Business Review says this is a recipe for high turnover and lower productivity.  They offer five ways to adjust your management style. Get Feedback. Ask key stakeholders to rate your focus on […]

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Intense business demands can lead to highly task-focused leaders whose myopic approach to getting things done can be productive and it can be harmful, especially if they view people-focused activities as inefficient and a waste of time. Because, nothing could be further from the truth. The Harvard Business Review says it’s just as important to focus on […]

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When you communicate with others, do you use a one-size fits all approach?  Do you write or speak from your perspective or from that of the person with whom you’re communicating? Effective communication requires attention to the ways your receiver processes information.  To better understand others, try using the DiSC system. DiSC is an acronym for the behavior […]

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In an HR Magazine Q&A with Edward Hess, co-author of “Humility is the New Smart, Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age,” says, how well employees learn continuously and relate to others will become the great differentiator.   He points to increasing automation and cheap — or often free — access to information.  He says that the traditional […]

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The kind of environment we work in plays a big role in job satisfaction.  Yet, that environment is largely controlled by another person:  your manager, or someone at or near the top of the org chart.  If they’re supportive, job satisfaction soars. Forbes.com says this is especially true for millennials. If you’re one of the people at or […]

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According to Gallup, today’ employees treat their job search like they treat their shopping.  They have lots of information and options, and they don’t see the need to settle for a job that’s not right for them.   Central to today’s job search:  company culture, lifestyle compatibility, the ability to make a difference and transparency.  If your culture is […]

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Companies make a lot of promises to lure the best candidates.  They tout flexibility and personal development policies that, in practice, are only as good as the company’s managers.  Here are three questions Gallup says leaders should be asking themselves to determine if their new employee could experience buyer’s remorse. Does flexibility depend on the team manager?  You […]

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As the job market tightens, employers are being forced to work harder to keep good employees.  According to Bloomberg, job turnover has reached a 17-year high. This means companies are at greater risk of losing people, especially if they have lazy managers.  Harvard Business Review says lazy managers do two things:   One: they blame low performance and […]

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 While some people are great delegators, many struggle with trusting others to do as good a job as they do. Try looking at delegation as a teaching opportunity. According to the Harvard Business Review, here are some steps you can take in that direction. Don’t wait until you’re overwhelmed or going on vacation to […]

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Addressing performance issues is one of the most challenging aspects of managing people. The conversations are difficult, potentially explosive. Corrective action plans add another layer to your responsibilities and if performance doesn’t improve, a job is lost and moral is threatened. The situation is not only complicated on the surface, but there are hidden forces […]

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