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The top 10 causes of meetings that suck the life out of your team

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In Outlook 2010 you will find the setting under the View tab.) We’ve all attended meetings that were a big waste of time. Employees are restless—or even &# resting their eyes,&# like the gentleman above.

Kick Your Micromanagement Habit

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No one wants to admit to micromanaging employees’ performance. Yet you may have micromanagement tendencies if you recognize any of the following behaviors: • Resisting delegation. Immersing yourself in the particulars of others’ projects. Focusing on tiny details instead of viewing the big picture. Taking back delegated tasks frequently because you are not satisfied with others’ efforts. Discouraging others from making decisions without consulting you first.

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Can criticizing the boss on Facebook get you fired?

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Information may want to be free, as the old Internet adage goes–but how far does such freedom extend when it comes to criticizing your boss on social media platforms? That’s the question that the National Labor Relations Board is putting before an administrative law court. NLRB lawyers are contending that a Connecticut-based ambulance service illegally fired an emergency medical technician after she criticized her supervisor on Facebook, the New York Times reports.

Loyalty Comes as Employees Grow

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Continue to help employees develop their careers as a way to improve both productivity and retention. Employees who feel stagnant are unlikely to contribute to moving the organization forward. When people are growing, their loyalty increases—plus, they perform better. Here are simple strategies to keep employee growth continuous: • Hold short workshops. Ask employees who excel in certain areas to conduct mini-workshops for others. • Set up brown-bag sessions.

7 Ways to Become a Better Boss

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Take these steps today to improve your working relationship with every person on your team: 1. Safeguard your credibility. Let employees know that you trust them, and encourage them to speak their minds. Be honest and open in return. Keep challenging them. Boredom takes a terrible toll on productivity and enthusiasm. The best motivator is challenging work, and as their leader you have the challenge of keeping them challenged. Recognize good work.

“Secrets to Hanging on to Top Talent”

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Are you having trouble retaining key team members? Use these tactics to put the brakes on turnover: • Understand what team members want. Not everyone longs for large salaries and outrageous benefits. Smaller organizations offer significant advantages, such as proximity to the owner and to the action, the ability to make an impact, personal recognition, and personal support. Strategy: Discover what your team members want other than cash, and then develop strategies to offer them those things.

“Retain Employees”

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Employees need to understand the connection between their jobs and organizational strategy if they are going to stick around for the long haul. The more engaged employees are with their organization, the longer their tenure. Improve retention by ensuring that employees: • Understand your corporate strategy. • See clearly where they fit into that strategy. Know how their efforts contribute to the overall success and execution of the strategy.

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“To talk—or not to talk—after firings”

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After terminating someone, many managers clam up. They refuse to share information out of fear of legal or other consequences. Although discretion is important, shutting down communication can cause other employees to worry needlessly. They may speculate that you acted arbitrarily and may even conclude that their own jobs are in jeopardy.

“Play to win with a great team”

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Since 1931, the Yankees have played in the World Series 39 times and have won the championship 26 times. How has this team become such an unbeatable colossus? A large part of its success is due to recruitment practices like these: • Establishing high standards. The Yankees have developed a list of organizational competencies—the measurable skills, values and behaviors that contribute to enhanced performance.

Enough Time Management

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by Kevin Eikenberry on July 28, 2010. Yesterday I read an interesting and practical post by Jo Owen called Seven Leadership Traits that the Gurus Don’t Tell You. While written from a C-level perspective it contains some useful thoughts for all leaders and I encourage you to read it. It became the jumping off point for about two pages of notes and ideas in my journal, most only marginally related to what was written (expect those ideas to pop up here in the coming days).

Surviving an Office Snoop

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In an open environment, with employees situated in cubicles rather than in offices, employees have the opportunity to learn a lot about their co-workers’ professional and personal lives. If you are faced with a colleague who always seems to know everything that’s going on in your life, you might want to be more discreet at work. That means keeping personal calls to a minimum or using a conference room to handle personal business.

Tips for Taming Terrible Teammates

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Some co-workers seem to take pleasure in seething, shouting or sharing snide comments. You might think their main goal is to make teamwork unpleasant and difficult, but the truth is that they may not mean much of anything by their bad behavior. Use these tips to identify and tame four troublesome types: Mr. Angry. He knows that he’s right, so he’s never willing to back down. Teammates hesitate to confront him, because he usually bites off dissenters’ heads.

Control Naysayers

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They may be naturally combative, self-appointed devils’ advocates or normally good-natured people who are having a bad day. These strategies can help you keep all kinds of naysayers in check: • Look for merit in one of their points. Agree with that single issue. Then try to move on to something else. Make light of their remarks. Avoid sarcasm as you acknowledge their attitude. Toss the negativity to the team.

Beware of the Disruptor: Rescue Your Next Meeting

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Few team members intend to impede the team’s progress. Yet their unintentional behaviors can really slow meetings down. Here are ways to keep troublesome types in check: • The clown ridicules others, making jokes at their expense. Strategy: Redirect the team member’s attention with serious questions. But don’t try to quash the person entirely—humor is a great team asset as long as teammates are not the butt of jokes. • The cynic opposes the team in everything and argues past the point of reason.

Four Important Leadership Characteristics

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When I think about leadership, I think about lots of things. I think about initiative. Leaders must lead by taking action. They must see things that need to be done and them make them happen. I think about caring. The best leaders care about those around them. And they don’t just talk about how much they care, they show it. I think about being willing to do the hard thing, the unpopular thing, and the right thing. Sometimes these are all one and the same, other times not.

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A crisis exposes character or the lack of it. Our reaction is important. Our recent history requires a response; a correction; a change in the status quo. If we are thinking more-of-the-same or merely upping our game then we are destined to fail again. On the other hand if we are looking to change our games or approach, then we have a way forward.

Thanks for your contributions in 2010!

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As noted here every year, easily one of the most gratifying aspects of authoring a site like this is the interaction offered by visitors from around the world. They present thoughtful and engaging comments from which we all learn so much, as well as offering us the opportunity to discover additional value on many of the contributors’ own web sites.

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Michael McCurry May 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm Hi Lisa, This is a great post! michaelmccurry Reply Lisa May 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm Mike, You, my brilliant SOBCon Mastermind Teammate, are officially my very first blog commenter ever! Reply Sean Duffy May 18, 2010 at 9:07 am Hi Lisa, Great post.

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Five Reasons Why Every Leader is a Salesperson

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Tagged as: sales , salesperson , selling { 5 comments… read them below or add one } Harlan Goerger August 23, 2010 at 8:14 am Your right on Kevin, one of the barriers to being a better leader is one’s perception that sales is bad or negative.

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My Five Most Read Posts of 2010

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A few weeks ago I had the great fortune of attending SOBCon 2010 – a small conference made up of some of the greatest minds in social media, many well-known social media “celebs&# included. Ai Ling May 20, 2010 at 6:24 am Thank you!

What I Learned About Networking When I Asked a Stranger for a Kidney

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Kneale Mann May 25, 2010 at 6:05 am Lisa, It was wonderful to meet you at SOBCon and after hearing about your journey, any of my self-doubt or excuses just seemed silly. Reply Lisa May 25, 2010 at 6:47 am Kneale, It was a blessing for me to meet you and have that very inspired conversation!

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Jessica June 17, 2010 at 6:40 am What a fabulous post, thank you for following up on your previous entry about vision vs. mission (which I loved!). Reply Lisa June 17, 2010 at 7:28 am Jessica, Thank you for the compliments on both posts – I really appreciate them!

Glamorous Celebrity Deaths and Minimal Taxes in 2010 :: Women on.

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As we read year-end and best-of 2010 articles and watch the tribute shows, take a moment to try to add up the cumulative wealth of those being remembered. As a result, we started 2010 with no estate tax, and the year was fraught with controversy about how to handle estate planning.