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Where Are You?  Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, or Adjourning?

By Bill Neville on Nov 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Bruce Tuckman is known for producing the single most quoted models of group development way back in the 1960s. But what held true then still has importance to team models today. Learning about these different stages and where your team fits into the grand scheme of things will help you work and grow together as a single unit. Here are the basics.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

Creating a Learning Culture in Your Organization

By Herb Tieger on Oct 27, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Pop quiz: Is your organization a culture of learning, or a culture of nonlearning? The answer to this question is likely aligned with how successfully you feel your company is performing at any given time.

 

What is a learning culture?

A learning culture is one in which everyone:

  • feels encouraged to expand their knowledge and skill set,
  • can adapt quickly to changing circumstances by learning new methods, and
  • has opportunities to participate in professional development.
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Topics: Leadership Tips

How To Help Your Employees Develop As Leaders

By Brianne Bailey on Oct 18, 2016 5:02:00 PM

John Maxwell, a business and leadership guru, advises leaders in companies to come up with a delegation plan that works for them. He suggests the 10-80-10 rule.  Plenty of leaders wonder why is it so hard to delegate. Understanding where you should be "hands-on" and where you should back off is key to the success of your projects and your team, as well. Here are a few thoughts on how the 10-80-10 principle can help you delegate more effectively.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

7 Key Differences Between Managers and Leaders

By Cristina Mendonca on Oct 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Many human resources experts say that they are searching for leaders rather than managers these days. Why is that? Aren’t leaders and managers basically the same thing? Not really. In a book excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, Alan Murray explains that while leadership and management often go hand-in-hand, today’s knowledge economy requires the inspiration and purpose-driven vision that can only come from true leaders, not just efficiency-focused managers.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

The Carrot and the Stick: Understanding What Motivates Employees

By D.J. Mendonca on Oct 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM

What gets people more motivated to work: the carrot (a reward) or the stick (a consequence)? Does one method stand head and shoulders above the other in terms of effectiveness?

The answers to these questions depend on how you view your employees. Douglas McGregor at the MIT Sloan School of Management coined his ‘Theory X’ and ‘Theory Y’ in the 1960s to describe the dichotomy of individual characteristics. Theory X holds the assumption that humans, by nature, prefer to avoid work, and employees only work to make money.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

Essentials for Your Business Presentation Toolbox

By Herb Tieger on Oct 4, 2016 3:03:00 PM

Every construction job requires a different set of tools. Similarly, every presenter needs to have their own "toolbox" of skills and strategies for presenting in a variety of situations. Identifying which of your skills are the right one for the job, or appropriate in the given situation, will help you land your message better and see longer lasting results. This article will help you identify some of those skills for your own "toolbox," and describes when they might be useful to you. 

 

 

                                       

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Topics: Leadership Tips

How To Help Your Employees Develop As Leaders

By Serafim Mendonca on Sep 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

All companies need employees who are strong leaders. Managers need leadership skills to encourage, motivate and support their teams. Even those who are not in managerial roles provide more value to the organization if they possess some of the leadership qualities described by Adam and Jordan Bornstein in Entrepreneur, like having focus, confidence and integrity.

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Topics: Career Development, Leadership Tips

Tips and Tricks to Help Retain Knowledge

By Cristina Mendonca on Sep 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Every day we are bombarded with an avalanche of news, articles, advertisements, social media posts and more. Our families and friends email and text us at all hours. The amount of visual, aural, and emotional stimulation to our brains is simply staggering—and seems to be increasing all the time.

 

So how do you help your employees screen out all of this stuff while they are at work, so they can focus, retain the knowledge they need, and improve their memory, thus becoming more productive and effective at their jobs?

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Topics: Leadership Tips

How Effective Is Your Learning Leadership?

By Serafim Mendonca on Sep 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

What makes a learning and development leader effective? It’s the ability to understand and deliver the needs of both instructors and learners—in other words, to manage the development process while expanding the capacity for learning.

 

You might be saying to yourself: This article isn’t for me. I’m not a learning and development leader.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

Ready for the Big Change? Preparing for Organizational Change.

By Herb Tieger on Jun 7, 2016 9:18:21 AM

Being flexible and adaptive in today’s increasingly complex world is a necessity. In order to stay competitive, organizations have to be like trees: firmly rooted, but able to move enough with the wind so the branches don’t snap.

 

But it’s not such a simple task. The most optimistic forecasts indicate that only 25% of major change initiatives are successful over the long term. Other research grimly suggests that 80-90% of those initiatives fail or even make the organization worse off than it was to begin with. And it’s not for lack of trying—the road to failed change initiatives is almost always paved with good intentions.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

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