10 Questions and Answers for Managers about Praise

Great Leadership By Dan

Praise is one of the most misunderstood, powerful, and underutilized management skills. The following is a reenactment of an actual coaching conversation I had with a manager. Why is it important for managers to praise their employees?

Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

Here’s the premise – that if you really want employee engagement, as a leader you need to strategically focus on the universal human needs that drive performance. By James Robbins This book has a great title, doesn’t it? As good as the title is I’m not sure it does the book justice. It is a [.]. Books Influence Leadership Communication coaching employee engagement questions strategy

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Crisis Management: The Ultimate Test of a Leader | In the CEO.

In the CEO Afterlife

Crisis Management: The Ultimate Test of a Leader. by John • September 12, 2011 • Human Resources , Leadership , Strategy • 4 Comments. You’d think a company drilling on the ocean’s floor would be adept in risk management planning. Human Resources.

Project Management: Science? Art? Common Sense?


I recently heard someone saying, “ Project management is just science. ” “Do I agree?” Here is what I think: Project management is both science and art, but it is the art of project management that makes great project managers. It is science because there are essential processes and elements that make up project management (e.g. It represents “explicit knowledge” about project management and a lot of people out there know these fundamentals.

Words Of Leadership And Management Wisdom From John P. Kotter

Eric Jacobson

Kotter: Leadership complements management; it doesn't replace it. Management controls people by pushing them in the right direction; leadership motivates them by satisfying basic human needs. Management Leadership General Management Skills

How Top Pricing Managers Drive Profits: 6 Skills to Success

The Kini Group

Pricing managers are in the tough position of having both feet in different worlds. As the number of pricing analysts grows, so does the need for innovative, capable, and confident pricing managers. This is where pricing psychology plays a big part in a pricing manager’s role.

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The Mind Of An Effective Leader

Eric Jacobson

Leaders must be: Mindful – being present and attentive to their employees’ needs. Leadership needs to redefined to meet the needs of the 21 st century workforce,” explain Hougaard and Carter.

4 Critical Needs of Employees During Coronavirus Lockdown

Leading with Trust

Now, more than ever, people need leaders to step up and lead from the heart. In order to be fully engaged and bring our best selves to work, there are four basic human needs that must be met. We need to instill a sense of hope in the people we lead.

7 Best Practices to Boost Employee Engagement

Michael Lee Stallard

Provide Autonomy in Execution – Monitor progress and be available to help your direct reports, but refrain from “micro managing” unless they ask for specific help. This meets the human need for autonomy and allows people to experience personal growth.

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How the Best Leaders Energize Their People Every Day

Lead from Within

Recognition is a fundamental human need that reinforces positive actions. The One Quality Every Leader Needs To Succee d. Blog Lead From Within Leadership Leadership Development Management Personal Development Workplace Energy Lead from Within Motivation Success

This is Why People Really Quit Their Jobs

Lead from Within

As a leadership coach and business consultant I have the privilege of seeing many organizations through a lens that most people don’t, because leaders are busy leading and managers are busy managing and people are busy doing their jobs so the big picture gets hard to see.

It’s called human resources for a reason

ReImagine Work

It was a great day when the personnel department changed the name on the door to human resources. Why I became an advocate of human beings at work. Projects could be more successful and deliver more quickly if we treated people like human beings. What are those needs again?

Be a Positive Force

Lead Change Blog

I suggest that each of us needs to add one more resolution to our list – to be a positive force in our home, community, and workplace. There are five pillars of well being: five areas that we humans need to invest time and energy in to boost positive well being regularly.

The Pros and Cons of Robot Managers

Harvard Business Review

Although the idea may sound far-fetched, not least because the automation of jobs is usually discussed vis-à-vis unskilled labor rather than management-level positions, it is actually more feasible than most people think. Consider some of the main tasks of managers: e.g., using data to evaluate problems, making better decisions than the team, monitoring team members’ performance, setting relevant goals, and providing accurate feedback. Humans need human contact.

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5 Myths about Giving Praise

Great Leadership By Dan

When I first started out in the corporate training business, I was responsible for training new managers and supervisors. We had a mandatory three week program that covered all the usual HR and operational topics, including performance management. Not everyone needs or wants praise.”

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Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager

Harvard Business Review

Now, you’re going to be managing a team of high-performers in a division of your company that everyone’s buzzing about. You’re well aware that you’ll need to rely on your emotional intelligence skills to understand and work through your new team’s dynamics.

How to Manage Scheduling Software Fairly

Harvard Business Review

Until recently, determining who works when involved store managers manually slotting each employee into shifts on paper. At a factory in Southern China, for example, executives thought that watching workers would help managers increase productivity and lower costs.

What’s the Best Way to Motivate you Employees? Give them Freedom.

Great Leadership By Dan

Freedom, so I can live; Freedom, so I can give; Freedom, yeah Freedom, that''s what I need”. Freedom is a universal, basic human need. What about the need for consistency? As a manager, it’s hard to let go.

6 Ways For A Leader To Fill A Workplace With People Who Love Their Jobs

Terry Starbucker

In my never-ending quest for more human leadership , I’ve discovered an essential truth: If you encounter a workplace filled with people who love their jobs, you’ll find a great leader who made that happen. It takes more human leadership.

The Mind Of The Leader

Eric Jacobson

Leaders must be: Mindful – being present and attentive to their employees’ needs. Leadership needs to redefined to meet the needs of the 21 st century workforce,” explain Hougaard and Carter.

The Hard-Knock Valuation of Brand Equity Growth | In the CEO.

In the CEO Afterlife

There’s not a Brand Manager that doesn’t want to build brand equity. For example, if 35% of folks thought Hogwash Detergent was “best at getting clothes white” in 2010, that number needs to go up in 2012 to prove an improvement in brand equity. Human Resources.

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The Toxic Leader

N2Growth Blog

Perhaps we need to focus more on the characteristics of bad leaders to expose this problem. What we need is a different measuring stick in our selection criteria. Praise and recognition: One of our basic human needs is to feel appreciated and valued. Leadership Talent Management bad leaders Bad Leadership Good Leadership Grant Wattie Seagull Leadership What''s a Bad Leader By Grant Wattie. President, N2Growth Australia.

Why the Health of Your Doctor Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

Electronic medical records add extra work hours to most physicians’ days due to unfriendly user interfaces and lack of interoperability, putting information management on the list of their responsibilities. Social connection is a primal human need , as research has borne out.

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Flight Mode


Being understood is a fundamental human need. Turning off technology when meeting a fellow human being is a way to tell them, “ I respect you.”. Managing Communication communication lessons Leadership Management respecting people Notifications on the devices are constantly craving for our attention. We check them when waiting at the traffic signal, while having the food, during meetings and while talking to our loved ones.

The Leadership Wonder Drug (But Beware Of The Side Effects)

Terry Starbucker

This kind of positive reinforcement brings a psychological boost that leads to greater and greater achievement, because it plays to basic human needs of acceptance and recognition. It needs to be used as close to the completion of said performance as possible.

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The Mind Of The Leader

Eric Jacobson

Leaders must be: Mindful – being present and attentive to their employees’ needs. Leadership needs to redefined to meet the needs of the 21 st century workforce,” explain Hougaard and Carter.

If We’re Not Human at Work, What are We?

Lead Change Blog

I’ve been receiving a series of emails lately from a highly regarded organization with the subject line “How to Be More Human at Work.”. Aren’t we being human all the time? Creating more human work cultures is trending. How do we “be more human” at work?

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Being a Parent Made Me a Better Manager, and Vice Versa

Harvard Business Review

And yet when we go home at the end of the day, how much of what we learn at work about prioritizing, communicating, and managing conflict gets left at the office? Children, unlike many managers, are very quick and direct with feedback.

Featured Leading Voice: Mary Schaefer

Lead Change Blog

This month we are featuring Leading Voice Mary Schaefer , a coach, trainer, consultant and speaker who helps develop a culture of engagement and empowerment with tech managers and employees. Mary’s mission is to create work cultures where organizations and human beings can both thrive.

What Your Team Needs Besides Money

Strategy Driven

But if you believe that’s all they need, you’re going to find more people leaving the team than you would like. There are deeper needs that you and even they might not recognize at first. You just finished reading What Your Team Needs Besides Money !

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Scan for the 3 key ingredients of trends to survive in the Expectation Economy

Strategy Driven

They don’t even need to experience these new methods themselves, hearing about them is enough to make them demand the better way. The good news is that you don’t need a PHD in anthropology to spot trends in the wild. Basic Needs & Wants. We’re all human.

How Effective is Your Communication?

Great Leadership By Dan

I hope I have your attention because in over 30 years of working with managers and organizations, my experience is that a lack of effective communication skills has kept very talented and skilled people from becoming leaders. Communication is a basic human need.

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Antidote for Widespread Employee Discontent

Michael Lee Stallard

This according to a recent survey by Right Management. There are three types of workplace cultures: Dog-Eat-Dog Cultures, Indifferent Cultures (cultures that are indifferent to people and treat them as human doings), and “Connection Cultures” where people feel connected to their organization’s identity (i.e. Without going too far into the psychology of connection, let me just summarize by saying simply that we are humans, not machines.

If We’re Not Human At Work, What Are We?

ReImagine Work

I’ve been receiving a series of emails lately from a highly regarded organization with the subject line “How to Be More Human at Work.”. Aren’t we being human all the time? Creating more human work cultures is trending. How do we “be more human” at work? Humanity at work.

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Dealing in Hope

Nathan Magnuson

” Hope is a strangely human enigma. Humanize Your Message. But it will for a solution to a human need. It takes discipline to think big – especially when many leaders are overloaded with putting out fires and managing the daily grind.

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The Entrepreneurial Corporation: Oxymoron? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

My class needs a perspective on entrepreneurship within the corporation—if that exists.”. I went in assuming his students believed corporate management and entrepreneurship were principles of contradiction and the only contrarians would be members of the flat earth society.

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Has SAS Institute’s Goodnight Cracked the Code on Corporate Culture?

Michael Lee Stallard

He spoke of using parallel processing, a form of artificial intelligence, to create new solutions that address thorny risk management issues faced by financial services institutions such as banks and insurance companies. When these needs are met, people thrive, individually and collectively.

2016 May Be Your Year For A New Career

Lead Change Blog

Usually we choose our jobs or professional roles as we listen to other voices: “I need to pay the bills.” You’ll need clarity on: Who you are. You have a basic human need to use your strengths every day. What business problems/challenges do you need to solve?

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How Leaders Can Make their Messaging Meaningful

Lead Change Blog

More than one CEO has said, “Leadership is 90 percent communication,” and research bears them out by showing that the way in which managers communicate with employees is one of the most important factors in driving employee engagement.

Brand Surgery ? excerpts from my Marketing Magazine article | In.

In the CEO Afterlife

When I was a young product manager back in the ’70s, the only people I could talk to about brands were my colleagues in the marketing department and the advertising agency. Now my accountant, my lawyer, my portfolio manager and even my neighbour talk to me about brands.

6 Needs to Thrive at Work

Michael Lee Stallard

To recognize what is driving either end, consider these six universal human needs and how each is being met, or not, in your job. The first need is respect. We need to be around people who are courteous and considerate. The next need is recognition.

10 Ways to Make Others Shine

Leading Blog

Ned Hallowell comments in Shine : While of course mistakes need to be acknowledged and, one hopes, learned from, it may be more likely, from a purely neurological point of view, that a person will learn more from a success than a failure.” E-mail packs much less of a punch than human moments.

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The Genius behind Toblerone | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Anxious to learn as much as possible about this unique brand, I sent a Brand Manager to Switzerland to interview those in the know. The exuberant Brand Manager came back with plenty of information including a story that had been long-buried in the company archives in Neuchatel.

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