Michael Wirzberger

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The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

A Consultant’s Guide to Firing a Client

We all have limited time, and despite our best efforts at triage, email and meetings will probably always remain low-grade annoyances. But if you want to dramatically enhance your productivity, it pays to zero in on the biggest source of stress and wasted time: problematic clients.<p>Some …

Management

Tips For The Perfect Resume And Cover Letter

ZipRecruiter has analyzed its database of over three million resumes and cover letters and determined what distinguishes a five-star resume or cover letter, as ranked by potential employers using ZipRecruiter, from the rest of the pack.<p>According to ZipRecruiter, a strong resume or cover letter is …

Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away

There is a particular, awful feeling you get working in a company that is sinking. You can tell the minute you walk in the door that the energy is off. If you pay attention to the vibe you get on a job interview, you’ll know when a company is broken. People don’t look you in the eye. No one wants …

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A newspaper asked me the following, which practically set my hair on fire:<p><i>What inherent traits would make it easier for someone to becoming a</i> …

Are You a Leader or a Manager? Why Understanding the Difference is Important.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the owner of a small business, you’re faced with dozens of important decisions daily. With time, you’ve learned how to allocate your focus and prioritize your time. You might focus more on setting the overall vision and leave the …

Leadership

6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself

Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around. Whether running a small business or a multi-national corporation, CEOs have …

How to Tell If You Are a Micromanager | Inc.com

<i>Give yourself 1 point for every A you select, 2 points for every B, and 3 points for every C.</i><p>1. As a leader, I am most focused on:<p>A. Myself, because I tell everyone what to do.<p>B. My underlings, becausethey need constant attention.<p>C. The results I want to achieve; I do what it takes to achieve those …

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Inclusiveness Means Giving Every Employee Personal Attention

Several years ago, a large, global company asked me to help improve their employee engagement. I suggested a strengths-based approach to the problem: a search for “hot spots” in the organization where people were highly engaged <i>and</i> performing well. By understanding what was working, we could harness …

Yes, You Can Make Meetings More Productive

High human capital productivity — one key to great financial results — requires hiring the right people, teaming them effectively, and eliminating organizational barriers to high performance. It also requires paying close attention to how people in the organization interact. At many companies, …

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Most of the time, people don't want a refund or a bonus. What they really want is for you to hear them and to do the right thing. What if every …

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The batter has already hit two home runs. When he gets up to bat for the third time, his confidence is running high...<p>It's easy to feel confident …

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Of course, it started with craft. The craft of making a bowl or a tool or anything that created function.<p>As humans became wealthier, we could seek …

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How long is your long run? I know people who measure the world in ten second flashes, and they're happy to do something they call generous for six …

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That's what most leaders and owners and bosses and customers want, isn't it?<p>We want employees who know the why, not just the details of the how. We …

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Habits are a choice<p>Giving is a choice<p>Reactions are a choice<p>Ideas are a choice<p>Connections are a choice<p>Reputation is a choice<p>The work is a choice<p>Words …

Managing People on a Sinking Ship

When your business is facing declining sales, a potential buy-out, or even certain closure, how do you manage people who are likely panicking about their future? Can you keep your team’s motivation and productivity up? The short answer is yes: Even when it’s clear that a company’s in trouble, there …

The Focused Leader

A primary task of leadership is to direct attention.To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many …

We Could Be Better at Giving Thanks

Although people say they want to be thanked more often at work, fewer than <b>50%</b> of Americans polled for the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization, reported that they would be very likely to thank salespeople, their mail carriers, or cleaning crews, and just <b>15%</b> express daily …

Employment

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

Don't Pamper Employees -- Engage Them

Free lunches, foosball tables, and other perks don't matter as much as your employees' engagement levels.<p>In the intense competition to attract and …

Why Your Company Must Be Mission-Driven

A clear mission inspires employee engagement, fosters customer engagement, and helps boost company performance -- among other benefits<p>Let's face it, …

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The plumber, the roofer and the electrician sell us a cure. They come to our house, fix the problem, and leave.<p>The consultant, the doctor (often) and …