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9 Workplace Hacks to Increase Productivity and Happiness (but Most Bosses Don't Think of Them)

Here's one: Sit by a window (no joke).<p>Since people, culture, and productivity in the workplace are the little planets that revolve around my professional universe, I subscribe to and receive a ton of information, research, and product offers from companies that know what they're talking about.<p>One …

The Workplace

How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

Let’s set aside the boring debate about leaders vs. managers for a moment and take a look at daily life for most managers in organizations.<p>The …

Leadership

8 Essentials for Becoming a Manager Who Motivates

I have a simple rule: manage people the way I would want to be managed.<p><i>In your experience as a manager, what practices have helped you to motivate and influence your team to be productive and fulfilled employees? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering</i> …

Leadership

Quarterly 1-1s Are a Waste of Time

In this world of rapid change, quarterly meetings aren't enough.<p>Think back over the last 90 days, and ask yourself these questions:<p>What were the highs and lows for you?<br>• What worked, and what didn’t work?<br>• Are you sure you have a complete list before you have your quarterly 1-1 conversation?<br>• And more …

Leadership

How to Push Your Team to Take Risks and Experiment

Most managers I know want their employees to be curious and experimental, to take the initiative and develop new products and solutions. But, as it turns out, managers also like to micromanage and control outcomes through safe, predictable processes. As a result, managers end up stifling the very …

Creativity

How to Retain Employees Through 'Servant' Leadership

No, "servant" leaders aren't slaves to their employers, or even pushovers. They just aren't authoritarians who boss employees around.<p>The term “servant leadership” was coined nearly 50 years ago in an essay written by Robert K. Greenleaf; and since then, the business world has slowly but surely …

Leadership

How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

When you’re hiring a new manager, the stakes are high. You need someone who can effectively lead people, manage a budget, liaise with upper management — and, usually, do it all from day one. But what if a potential hire doesn’t yet have a track record in doing all of the above? Would you hire or …

Leadership

9 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Employees Happy

One of the best things you can do for the bottom line is to foster an appreciative relationship with your employees. Here's how to make it happen:<p>Most leaders agree that employee attitude is a key factor in an organization's success. Whether your employees are fulfilled and motivated or frustrated …

Leadership

What Great Managers Do

Exceptional managers find and capitalize on their employees' unique strengths. Learn how they do it with this 6 minute video slide deck. Download a customizable version in Subscriber Exclusives.

Harvard Business Review

Building Rapport Shows Employees You Care – How to Get Started

If you’re a senior leader in your organization, chances are the vast majority of employees don’t view you as a real person.<p>Research by Nathan T. …

Leadership

What Great Managers Do Daily

So much depends upon managers. For example, a Gallup study found that at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores is driven by who the boss is. This is disconcerting because the same research found that about 70% of people in management roles are not well equipped for the job. This …

Team Building

If Your Potential Managers Don't Have These 7 Skills, Don't Promote Them

An alarming 82 percent of the time, companies promote the wrong person.<p>According to a 2014 Gallup poll, companies, 82 percent of the time, appoint the wrong person to a management or leadership position. That's a staggering number.<p>And yet it's not inconsistent with either my own experience or other …

Leadership

10 Things Great Bosses Do Every Day

We've all heard the adage, "People don't leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses." It makes great fodder for after-work gripe sessions, but is there really any data to back the claim up? As it turns out, there's a ton.<p>In one study, 61 percent of those working for bad bosses said they were looking for …

Leadership

How Technical People Can Become Soft-Skill Rock Stars

Don't believe the myth about tech people. Even the geekiest engineers can be great with people if they want to.<p>There is a lot of emphasis today on STEM over soft skills. The media tells you that technical abilities, are the key to success in many professions. Many employers downplay soft skills …

Leadership
Creativity

This Study Reveals The 5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die

Do you have any regrets?<p>Most people do.<p>But it appears our regrets <i>gain</i> a lot of weight as we approach the end of our lives.<p>For many years, Bronnie …

Leadership

Forget The “Praise Sandwich”: Five Better Ways To Give Good Feedback | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Use an aspect of their own work as the new standard to strive toward.<p>By eliminating the “you,” it sounds like you’re just commenting on the memo alone.

Leadership

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

Harvard Business Review

How Managers Can Make Group Projects More Efficient

We may have hit a saturation point when it comes to collaboration. Consider the following:<p>Research out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce shows that time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has …

Leadership

How to Deliver Criticism So Employees Pay Attention

In my college days I ranked among the top 10 women divers in the United States. I got that far not just because I worked hard — practicing every day in four-to-six-hour sessions — but also because I had an extremely tough coach who routinely offered both caring support and sharp criticism. Early in …

Leadership

How to Provide Constructive Feedback to Help Employees Develop Skills

If you hold all information until the end of the year appraisal, it won't mean much to the employee then and it won't help the employee as much as …

Managing a Team That’s Been Asked to Do Too Much

Recent cases highlighted in the media suggest that executives, in a desperate quest to quench the market’s unquenchable thirst for growth, are ignoring reason and dictating growth targets so insurmountable that their employees are turning to unethical and perhaps illegal means to achieve their …

Leadership

The Harvard Business Review Manager's Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out

Publication Date: <b>January 03, 2017</b><p>The one primer you need to develop your managerial and leadership skills. Whether you're a new manager or looking to have more influence in your current management role, the challenges you face come in all shapes and sizes--a direct report's anxious questions, your …

Leadership

Product-Market Fit Requires Arbitrage

One of the most discussed topics for startup is product-market fit. Popularized by Marc Andreessen, product-market fit is defined as:<i>Product/market</i> …

The Never Ending Road To Product Market Fit

If Employees Don’t Trust You, It’s Up to You to Fix It

Three years ago, 37% of CEOs were concerned about a lack of trust in businesses, according to the PwC Annual Global CEO survey. Across industries, that number has climbed to 55%.<p>A high level of trust between managers and employees defines the best workplaces and drives overall company performance …

Leadership

Moonlighting managers ain’t got no time for bullshit

The problem with management in small teams and businesses is that it’s often not a full-time job. Smart, capable workers need some direction and …

Employment

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw. Our research suggests there’s truth behind this saying: bosses matter far more for employee job satisfaction than any other factor we measured. But what makes someone a great boss?<p>Studies of leaders often focus on their …

Employment

Four Ways To Help Your Employees Understand How They Contribute To The Company's Bottom Line

If you’re a people manager, you might look around at the bustling activity of your team and the looks of intense determination on their faces and assume that everyone understands how their work contributes to the company’s bottom line.<p>But you would be wrong. At least based on a recent Robert Half …

Leadership