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Creating 30 Day Challenges For Success

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I was recently checking out Ted Talks and came across this short (yet awesome) video clip (3m27sec) of Matt Cutts (Google dude).

Leading Through Change: Leadership Tactics in Times of Uncertainty

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One hardly has to look-up to realize we live in a world of change, complexity and uncertainty. Even at the corporate level, companies are having to maneuver through uncertain economic times, which can result in organizational changes, layoffs, as well as mergers & acquisitions. With all of this change, what’s a leader to do? Being

The Four Quadrants of Management Time – Where Do You Spend Yours?

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Over the past week, I had the opportunity to connect with some amazing leadership talent and discuss a number of management topics. One of the most impactful, was a discussion regarding where we (as managers) spend the bulk of our time (and if that is the right mix). In this post, I identify four Quadrants

Dealing With Poor Employee Performance

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[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] As a manager, there are a few things we probably dread more than others. I suspect managing poor performance ranks near the top of the list. It’s not only emotionally draining for managers and employees,

20 Successful Habits for New Managers

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Whether you are new to management (or you’ve been at it for awhile), it’s critical to build the right skills and success habits to stay in top management form. Here are some sure-fire habits you should have in your management tool-kit: Managing Your Business 1. Know what you were hired to do 2. Become a

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10 Successful Habits to Leadership Excellence

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Like most things, success is a matter of mastering the right habits! Looking at a number of successful leaders from the past (and the present), most have these 10 common habits. Your Attitude Defines You – Having a “can do” and positive attitude is critical to success. Alternatively, a negative attitude is like a cancer

Building Moats for Success

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Warren Buffett is considered one of the greatest thinkers of all time. He has made billions of dollars through savvy and well thought out strategies, to capitalize on what others do not consider. He beleives the reason for his success in beating the competition is through the concept of “building moats.” In an interview with

The Questioning Manager: The Power of Questions

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Each and every day, we are constantly bombarded with information and opinions. Often, we are asked to treat them as unquestioning fact. As managers and leaders, we can either accept the information we receive, or take the time to think critically and ask questions. I choose the latter! I’ve recently have been inspired by the

Performance Management: A Manager’s Guide to Managing Talent

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One of the reasons I started this blog was to learn and write on the habits of successful management practices. Each month I will pick a topic critical to successful management. I will create a series to share what I’ve learned, identify key resources, highlight insightful articles, and share my own thoughts to help you

What does success look like?

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[This post is part of the Questioning Leader series. Check out the rest here!] As a manager and leader, we are “success-seekers&# by nature.

One-on-One Meetings: The Power of People Connection

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[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] As managers, we are often barraged with one meeting after another – staff meetings, project meetings, tactical meetings, strategic meetings, budget meetings, operations reviews – the list goes on and on.

Management Quick Takes for week of 3/14

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Happy Friday! Each week I will share five articles that have caught my attention for one reason or another. In general, I will stay on topic (e.g., leadership, management, etc.), but I reserve the right to occasionally stray. There are a lot of great writers and bloggers out there. Hope you enjoy! Google Rules

Three Critical Guidelines to Writing an Effective Performance Appraisal

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[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] Writing a Performance Appraisal is one of the most dangerous double-edged swords in the performance management process.

Management Weekly Roundup – Cool, Informative and Engaging Articles on Leadership and Management (Feb 18th)

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Happy Friday! Each week I will share five articles that have caught my attention for one reason or another. In general I will stay on topic (e.g., leadership, management, etc.), but I reserve the right to occasionally stray. There are a lot of great writers and bloggers out there. Hope you enjoy! Tired of

Management Quick Takes for Week of 3/21

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Happy Friday! Each week I will share five articles that have caught my attention for one reason or another. In general, I will stay on topic (e.g., leadership, management, etc.), but I reserve the right to occasionally stray. There are a lot of great writers and bloggers out there. Hope you enjoy this weeks selection!

Creating Well Constructed Employee Development Plans

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[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] As a manager, putting together an employee development plan, can be a daunting task. Emotions can run the full spectrum – from managers experiencing fear of a good employee leaving as a result of achieving

Three Factors that Lead to Better Performance and Personal Satisfaction

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to hear Daniel Pink talk about his book, Drive – pretty amazing stuff! As a manager, it was extremely interesting to hear what he had to say around the topic of motivating employees. Most companies continue to reward people with cash in order to incent better performance. However,

Leadership and The Golden Rule

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Today’s blog entry is a quick summary of a post I guest authored for the Lead Change Group. You can check out the original article, Does the Golden Rule Apply to Leaders? In my guest post, I outlined the case against the Golden Rule and provided an alternative option (some call it the Platinum Rule).

Who Are My Customers?

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[This post is part of the Questioning Leader series. Check out the rest here!] Customers are the life-force of any business. Whether you’re customer facing, or play an internal role, you always have customers. And it’s important to know who they are and what they expect. This post highlights the main customer types managers should

Management Quick Takes for Week of 4/18

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Happy Friday! it has been a couple of crazy weeks, but I’m back in the saddle and ready to roll. Each week I will share five articles that have caught my attention for one reason or another. In general, I will stay on topic (e.g., leadership, management, etc.), but I reserve the right to

How Do You Take Time To Think?

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[This post is part of the Questioning Leader series. Check out the rest here!] Have you ever had one of those days, where your day is nearly half-over and you realize all you’ve done is busy work AND you have not progressed on the things really important in moving your strategic agenda forward? Well, the

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The Power of Habits – What’s your 30 day Challenge?

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What differentiates highly successful managers from everyone else? The one common factor to the secret of their success, can be found in their daily routines – their good management habits. According to one study, up to 90 percent of daily behavior is based on habits. As a result, it’s what you are or are not

Make an Impact – Create a Memorable Message (with your clothes on)

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How do you create a message ensuring your ideas are understood, remembered, and are impactful? Regardless if you’re talking to a small group of employees, internal counterparts, direct reports or customers – having your message stand out is critical to your success in making an impact. Below are a few perspectives to communicate your messages in

Performance Management: Resources You Can Use

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[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] Managing performance of your team is not an easy task. When it comes to writing reviews, providing feedback and coaching your employees, you need to all the help you can get. In this post, I

Most Important Tasks: Laser Focusing Your Day

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I was recently inspired by a post outlining the concept of MITs (aka - Most Important Tasks). Most Important Tasks are the most critical activities you identify and complete before the end of the day.

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Five Ways to Stay informed of Industry Trends In Your Business

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I’ve often found managers and leaders are very focused on the business which is right in front of them. They are on top of their team’s productivity.

4 Great Reads for Creating Simplicity and Habit Building

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2011 was one of my top years for consuming non-fiction writing. Over the course of the year, I read over 20 non-fiction books. Topics ranged from personal achievement, leadership, management, writing, to more esoteric topics such as minimalism. Simplicity & Habit Building As I looked at the list of books I most enjoyed this past

Breaking-up with Email is Hard to Do!

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Have you had one of those days, where the day passed you by? OK… I had one of those days recently. I a minute of despair, I looked to my reflection in the computer monitor – and what I all I saw was my email inbox looking right back at me. Ahhhhh Haaaaaa!!! Yes, as

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Become a Better Manager – Read More!

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There are many ways to develop managers and leaders outside of the classroom. In fact in my post, Creating Well Constructed Employee Development Plans, I outline self-study as one the four develop opportunities to help with employees. As managers, we must also develop ourselves, and one way to do this is through reading books on management

Management 4-1-1 Chosen by Alltop: We’re Becoming a Big Deal!

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Management 4-1-1 has recently been chosen as a top site in the Leadership category by Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop.com. Alltop.com helps answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that are of interest. Alltop.com screens blogs and news sources to ensure they are serving up credible, high-quality and current content.

The Right Way to Fail At Work

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I’ve often been asked the question… Do managers really think it’s OK for someone to fail at something? I’ve recently spent time pondering this very question. It wasn’t until I came across a blog post,More Bloggers Need to Fail, that the answer became clear. And the answer is (drum roll please…….) – YES &

Management Weekly Roundup – Cool, Informative and Engaging Articles on Leadership and Management (Feb 11th)

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Happy Friday! Each week I will share five articles that have caught my attention for one reason or another. In general I will stay on topic (e.g., leadership, management, etc.), but I reserve the right to occasionally stray. There are a lot of great writers and bloggers out there. Hope you enjoy! Leadership Caffeine: Learn

Employee Goal Setting For Success – The SMART way!

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[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] Having clearly defined goals to measure employee performance against, is the cornerstone of best practices performance management. In this post, we cover the basics of helping coach employees set goals.

Are You As Good A Manager As You Think You Are?

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If you think you’re a great manager – congratulations! You can stop reading now! For the rest of us that may have a hint of hesitation (or simply know we could do better), then read on. Several Studies have shown a gap between how managers rate themselves vs. how their employees rate their managers. Not surprisingly, managers

Management 4-1-1 » Are You As Good A Manager As You Think You Are?

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Very happy successful gesturing businessman, isolated on white background If you think you're a great manager – congratulations!

Engage Your Employees – Schedule a Stay Interview Today

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There are typically two times we (as managers) interview our people. We interview them on the way in and on the way out. It doesn’t have to be that way! If you’re looking for an effective way to engage your employees while they work for you, you may want to think about setting-up time during

Get More Done: 3 Distraction Busters You Should Use Now!

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Email, instant messaging, knocks on the office door, cell phones… Lion’s, Tigers and Bears… Oh My!!! In today’s world of information overload, instant gratification and a never ending barrage of distractions – it’s a wonder that we get anything done. And I admit it!! I’ve had my share of difficult times staying focused on some

Top Management 4-1-1 Posts

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June marks the sixth month since the beginning of Management 4-1-1! What started as a simple idea to blog about topics to help managers and leaders (from a “practicing manager’s” perspective) has achieved every goal I had originally set for myself. So six months and 3,200+ visitors later – I wanted to take a look

Givers Gain – A Leader’s Perspective on Getting the Most Out of Giving

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Many years ago, when I first got into management, I found I was often frustrated by what I felt was a lack of accomplishment. Or at least, the same sense of accomplishment I had experienced as an individual contributor. As a consultant, I felt my accomplishments were largely based on completing a project or a

Lead Change Group: Leaders Developing Leaders!

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A few weeks ago, I connected with the Lead Change Group. The vision of this group is, “to create a global, virtual community dedicated to instigating a leadership revolution.” It’s a great community, with a fantastic mission – Leaders developing leaders!! I recently became one of their contributing authors. You can check out my recent