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Manage Right, Right Now: Your Supervisor’s Style and Preferences

  Your supervisor’s style and preferences for communication, meetings, decision-making and getting work accomplished will impact your work. Understand their preferences and adapt yours when possible to align yourself and your team for high levels of efficiency and productivity. Styles and preferences vary widely and you may discover that the way you prefer to work…

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Two Ways New Managers Can Gain Employee Confidence Quickly

New Managers Can Gain Employee Confidence Quickly Using Planned Communications Employee performance, operations and leadership expectations are only a few aspects new managers must understand and be prepared to handle. Daily activities, learning about organizational history and being able to address short term problems while planning for the future contribute to the pressures new managers…

New Managers: Six Aspects to Consider When Coaching Employees

When I was in corporate management, I spent a great deal of time coaching employees. Working in a call center that survived on productive employees meant that management coached employees to ensure performance remained on track. All employees had access to incredible training and were expected to use that learning to solve customer problems and…

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Personal Branding: Making the Right First Impression

Making the right first impression is critical to every professional, especially for those new to an organization. When you’re new, everyone wants to understand your plans and your approach to achieving them. Your direct reports have an even keener interest in you—they will strive to understand how your goals will impact them. More importantly, your…

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Managing an Inherited Team

Managing inherited teams can be tough, particularly if you inherit under performing staff. On occasion new managers are brought in to implement structure and even encourage attrition. Oftentimes managers are hired to manage using existing structures. This can be a bit unnerving for the manager who discovers that the organization lacks appropriately skilled staff or…

Navigating Organizational Politics

Learning about your organization’s culture is key to understanding what’s required politically to achieve your goals. Current practices, particularly on behalf of those in leadership positions, are good indicators of what’s expected and rewarded. I’ve known professionals throughout my career who detested the thought of having to participate in organizational politics. They believed that their…