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How to Evaluate Whether You Made an Effective Career Decision

Lead Change Blog

Tom made a major career decision 3 months ago: he decided to leave his position as chief information officer at a large manufacturing firm to become an entrepreneur and start a company to provide software that helps manufacturers improve the quality of their manufacturing process. He made his choice after talking to his friend Dave, who left his chief technology officer position in a high-profile manufacturing company to become an entrepreneur six months ago.

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How to Improve Your Human Resources Department: 5 Key Steps to Success

Strategy Driven

The HR department is responsible for all aspects of your workforce, whether it be the hiring process or providing opportunities to develop for existing staff members. If your staff members don’t possess the necessary skills to do the job, this will impact overall productivity levels.

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5 Ways to Use Employee Training and Development to Motivate Staff

Lead Change Blog

It can be hard to find great employees. Therefore, offering training and development options that make your staff members feel seen, heard, and valued is essential. Plus, you’ll groom them to respect and enhance the company culture. Here are some things you can do to use training and development opportunities to motivate your staff. . People want to know that what they’re doing matters. Use Training to Improve Workflow.

10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo. But they are facing a critical deficit: They lack people with the know-how, experience, and confidence required to tackle “wicked problems.” The first step is to find them.

How To Write Effective Performance Appraisals

Eric Jacobson

Today''s guest post is by: Peggy Pedwano Solutions Specialist at Halogen Software As performance appraisal time draws near, managers are all too likely to be dreading the exercise. Ask your employees to send you their own written thoughts about their performance.

How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

A great idea may not be enough to build a great business. That’s why I enjoyed talking with Jeff Dyer who, along with Nathan Furr and Curtis Lefrandt, wrote a new book, Innovation Capital: How to Compete and Win Like the World’s Innovative Leaders. to 6 p.m.,

How To Write Effective Performance Appraisals

Eric Jacobson

Today''s guest post is by: Peggy Pedwano Solutions Specialist at Halogen Software As performance appraisal time draws near, managers are all too likely to be dreading the exercise. Ask your employees to send you their own written thoughts about their performance.

Development of Coaching Competencies at SAP

Coaching Tip

SAP (Systems-Applications-Programs) AG , a global provider of business software, has implemented coaching programs based on effective personal development accomplishing business goals while meeting the challenges of the coachee''s professional role in an optimal way.

How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

In contrast to startups, which often experiment until they gain their footing in the market, established businesses are notoriously slow to change. That’s how you maintain your competitive edge. Competition to find and recruit new talent.

The Future of Our Partnership With Machines

Skip Prichard

How long until the human race declines? And how many jobs will go away? One new book that thoughtfully approaches these topics of how we will work symbiotically with machines and how we can all evolve to benefit together is HUMAN/MACHINE: The Future Of Our Partnership with Machines.

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When We Understand Our Work and We are Given the Ability to Improve It – We Will

Deming Institute

Jim Benson’s presentation at our 2015 International Deming Research Seminar explored how to manage the workload better to improve results. We want to help people become happy so that they will build better products. We don’t have to be told to, we just do it.

10 Guaranteed Ways That Can Get You Fired

Lead from Within

Nobody starts a new job hoping to be fired. The most important thing, of course, is to do good work without making trouble—but there are lots of factors that can make or break your success. If you disrespect those in charge, you shouldn’t be surprised if they ask you to leave.

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Experience and Expertise – A Few Thoughts


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Experience and Expertise – A Few Thoughts When a kid learns how to play music, he develops “ability” to play music. He is able to play the music according to notes. To raise the bar.

Training Middle Managers On People Management Basics


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Training Middle Managers On People Management Basics Here is a simple idea: Whenever you have a new manager (project manager/departmental leader) joining in your organization, put him/her through a simple training program on how to manage people.

10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer 10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team It pains to see teams where people work on a common goal but don’t get along well with each other. We work in teams and knowing how to get along well with others is extremely crucial.

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How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled

Harvard Business Review

People hold on to jobs too long for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s loyalty to co-workers at a company you’ve outgrown, or maybe you spent a long time thinking you were just about to get promoted… but never got the call. During the downturn, many people decided to stay in whatever job they had, figuring that any job was better than no job. When asked about your learning, your challenges, and your career plan, your answer cannot be a variant on “I played it safe.”.

How to Manage Managers

Harvard Business Review

When you’re managing managers, your responsibilities are two-fold: you need to make sure they’re producing good work (as with any employee) and that they’re effectively supporting their teams. You might know how to do the former, but how do you do the latter?

3 Ways to Break Out of a Zero-Sum Game of Growth with Your Competitors

Leading Blog

How true disruptors use innovation, including digital, to grow the market and create new business models. Many digitally native startups seem to find a third way - a digitally enabled non-disruptive creative growth.

How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star

Strategy Driven

A great distribution plan to sell it. A well formulated Go-To-Market Strategy. In a perfect launch, all of these components are vital to a successful launch. It took years for Apple to gain traction despite offering what critics consider to be a superior operating system.

How Great Leaders Value People

Lead Change Blog

Not surprisingly, many companies that made Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list are characterized by high levels of trust and transparency—especially employees’ belief in the credibility of their leaders.

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When The Right Channels Lead to Dead Ends

Lead Change Blog

After reading that post, one of our Lead Change Group members shared a time when the only recourse seemed to be taking an issue public within the organization after multiple attempts to bring the issue to management’s attention more privately had failed.

How to Apply for a Job You’re Overqualified For

Harvard Business Review

You may be switching industries , or trying to get into a particular company. You may be relocating to a new city, or looking to maximize flexibility in your personal life. “Hiring managers are not always eager to bring on someone who is overqualified.” “The manager might think you’re not going to stay, so it is a waste of time and effort. ” Here are some tips to help you get them on your side. Principles to Remember.

How to Manage a Toxic Employee

Harvard Business Review

There’s that one person on your team — the bad apple who has nothing positive to say, riles up other team members, and makes work life miserable. If you can’t fire him, how do you respond to his behavior? How do you mitigate the damage he inflicts? “I call them toxic because not only do they cause harm but they also spread their behavior to others,” she explains. Here’s what to do instead.

How to Work for a Workaholic

Harvard Business Review

Some people just can’t seem to get enough of work. If your manager keeps this sort of schedule, do you have to also? How do you set the right expectations and boundaries? What can you do to make sure you don’t look like a slacker in comparison?

How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

Harvard Business Review

So when you’re considering a new job, it’s important to know how you’ll get along with your new boss. This can be hard to assess in an interview when you’re working hard to demonstrate why she should hire you. ” “How will I learn?”

How to Brand a "Useless" Degree

Harvard Business Review

For some, the path forward is clear: the math experts will be snapped up by hedge funds, the software engineers will have their pick of start-ups, and elite investment banks and consultancies will duke it out for the top MBAs. How so? You''ll also want to cite your work experience.

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How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

Harvard Business Review

And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it?

How to Make a Great First Impression

Harvard Business Review

The saying “You only have one chance to make a first impression” holds true in many situations, from job interviews to sales calls. How can you make sure that you start off on the right foot in any of these scenarios? And what’s the best way to follow up? First impressions matter so much because they happen fast, and they are stubborn , says Whitney Johnson , the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

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Everyone is a product manager

Lead on Purpose

You have spent years learning, working and driving to become market experts, and have accumulated significant experience releasing products and solutions. Because every person is responsible for managing his or her own contribution to the world. This contribution is, in a sense, the product they provide to the world — the product called “Me.”. But that focus on the big brands was starting to change. Everyone has a chance to be a brand worthy of remark.&#.

How to Manage a Needy Employee

Harvard Business Review

But sometimes certain employees seem to need more than their fair share of your time. Maybe they repeatedly ask you to review their work, look for constant feedback, or regularly show up at your desk to chat. How do you balance being a responsive manager with the need to get your own work done? And how should you manage your frustration? It’s your job to figure out how to address the root cause. Talk to your employee.

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

Harvard Business Review

Do I have a right to be?” Bias’s sometimes slippery nature also makes it difficult to eradicate in the workplace. How do you legislate status assumptions, eye contact, and silent perceptions? Clearly, organizational cultures need to change. But in the meantime, what’s an individual to do who suffers daily from subtle inequities? The soil is the organization that isn’t as unbiased as it wants to be.

How to Know If Joining a Startup Is Right for You

Harvard Business Review

You’re thinking about making a career change (or perhaps getting your first real job out of grad school), and you’re looking at different types of organizations. How can you evaluate whether that’s the right work culture for you? Here are some tips on how to do that.

How to Manage a Team of All-Stars

Harvard Business Review

When Bain & Company asked senior executives from 308 large companies how they form teams for their most important initiatives, most told us they assemble teams based on whoever is available. Only a small minority indicated that they consistently create all-star teams , comprised of their very best talent, to tackle their company’s highest-priority issues. But we may not fully recognize just how much better they are. It’s remarkable to watch.

0807 | How Successful Organizations Respond to Customers with Josh Seidan


Josh Seiden is a designer who has spent most of his career working on the design of complex software applications and integrating design into the product development process. How to scale ideas.

How to Be Good at Managing Both Introverts and Extroverts

Harvard Business Review

As the boss, your goal is to have all your employees operating at their peak level of energy, efficiency, and motivation—which can be a challenge when it comes to leading a team comprised of introverts and extroverts. They prefer to concentrate on a single task at a given time.”

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How to Deal with a Chronically Indecisive Boss

Harvard Business Review

Managers who can’t seem to pick a course of action — or who constantly change their minds – can be maddening. You’re left spinning your wheels, or abruptly switching directions, and your team’s credibility across the organization is likely to suffer. So how can you help a wishy-washy boss make decisions? If your manager isn’t willing to steer, is it OK for you to take the driver’s seat? Try to have empathy.

Craft a Remarkable Personal Brand Statement! 29 Steps & Examples

Miles Anthony Smith

While many equate strong personal branding only to powerful leadership, there's a lot more that goes into crafting a personal brand statement. In business, your personal brand needs to leave a lasting impression or you risk being ignored. What type of impact do you want to make?

How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

Harvard Business Review

Should you keep it to one page? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right. Don’t think you’re going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. “You have to think carefully about what to say and how to say it so the hiring manager thinks, ‘This person can do what I need done,’” she says. How to Write a Cover Letter. Principles to Remember.

How to Partner with Outside Innovators in Health Care

Harvard Business Review

To accelerate innovation in healthcare technology we need to give creative people who don’t have traditional health science backgrounds more opportunities to participate. Take, for example, Gavriel Iddan, a guided missile designer for the Israeli military who invented a revolutionary way to visualize the gastrointestinal system. Traditionally, doctors have used a camera on the end of a long, flexible rod – an endoscope – to see inside the gut.

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

Harvard Business Review

So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while saying uncle? No matter how busy you are , it can feel exceedingly difficult to talk to your boss about your heavy workload. The reason is twofold, according to Julie Morgenstern, productivity expert and author of Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.

22 Tips: Improving Business Communication Skills in the Workplace

Miles Anthony Smith

The Ultimate Guide of 22 Tips: How to Masterfully Improve Business Communication Skills in the Workplace Are you wrestling with any of these issues? Unsure of how to talk to management? Breakdown can also begin to occur with customers as well.

The Value of Professional Conferences. Also Why Has There Been So Little Innovation?

Curious Cat

I still remember being in high school and George Box talking about the primary value of conferences was talking to colleagues in the hallway. This seemed very odd to me, as it seemed that the reason for going to a conference was to learn from the talks.

How to Help Your Team Bounce Back from Failure

Harvard Business Review

No one likes to fail. And while we all know the importance of learning from mistakes, both individuals and teams can struggle to bounce back from big blunders. How can you help them see the experience as an opportunity for growth instead of the kiss of death? Here’s how.