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Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

It happens all the time: A group of managers get together at a resort for two days to hammer out a “strategic plan.” Done and dusted, they all head home. But <i>have</i> they produced a plan with a strategy?<p>At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board …

Are You Building Leaders or Rewarding Following Instead? #BBSradio

Too many continue to confuse leadership and management. Then, once you are honest with yourselves about which you have employed, one of the most …

Machine Learning

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough.<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company …

Stress Leads to Bad Decisions. Here’s How to Avoid Them

A senior sales executive I’ll call Daniela was frustrated. She’d been working on delegating more to her team. To her dismay, many were struggling to take on the levels of freedom she’d offered — even though they’d asked for more responsibility. Exasperated, she vented to me, “I thought delegating …

Why IT projects still fail

In the age of agile development, devops and related management techniques, is IT project failure even a thing anymore? The answer, sadly, is yes.In …

Yes, Smart Bosses Frequently Give Negative Feedback

Telling people what they're doing wrong is an excellent way to get them to do things right.<p>I really hate the word "feedback." It's biz-blab of the worst sort, a weasel-wordy way of saying "criticism" without offending the "let's all be positive" snowflakes of the working world.<p>In addition, the term …

I’m adopting the James Dyson way of life by only sending six emails a day

I have been thinking about the inventor Sir James Dyson ever since the revelation that he only gets, and sends, six emails a day. Six! How on earth …

Asking your employees these 5 simple questions will make them never want to leave you

If you're new to this concept, unlike the exit interview, managers are getting fresh insight into improving the work environment or their own leadership skills to retain those valued employees — today — not after they have emotionally disconnected and stopped caring.<p>Fair warning: Stay interviews …

#5Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Leading

Last week I blogged Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching, inspired by Carl Hendrick. It led me inevitably to think about five things I …

There Are Only 3 Types of Audience Members. Here's How to Win Them Over.

Use this simple 6-part framework at your next conference, event, or presentation to connect with and influence the people who matter most.<p>No matter where you are or what you're pitching, chances are if you're presenting to an audience - whether it's an audience of 5 or 5,000 - you're going to …

11 sentences to avoid saying to your boss at all costs

That being said, there are certain conversational landmines you should steer clear of. You don't want to derail the whole talk — or your relationship — just by choosing your words poorly.<p>Business Insider reached out to managers and career experts to find out which phrases are best to avoid in …

Red Hat

12 Steps for the Best Deer Hunting Trophy Photo Ever

The pre-season is here, preparations are being put in motion, and we’re knocking on opening day’s door. Just about every deer hunter I know is …

Hunting

The Top 5 Problems with Distributed Teams and How to Solve Them

Key takeaways<p>Recognize the 5 top distributed team challenges in your own team<br>• Build 'one team' and prevent an 'us versus them' mindset<br>• Establish a …

Project Management

Fantasy Football 2016: Mock Draft Strategy, Cheat Sheet Info for Preseason Prep

You’ve heard it before: "You can’t win your fantasy football league at the draft, but you sure can lose it."<p>For the most part, that expression is true. So, how do you avoid botching the biggest night of fantasy season?<p>It’s simple: Prepared drafters are the best drafters. A large part of walking …

The One Thing You Need to Remember When Assigning Tasks to Your Team

There are only two ways to create value: through projects and processes. Leaders need to understand the difference and make sure they put “project …

Create a Culture of Accountability in the Workplace

Accountability in the workplace is something every manager wants to have. Accountability has a clear link to higher work performance, but experts …

Employee Engagement

5 Reasons Why Most Change Management Initiatives Fail

While success is what we strive for, failure — at least initially — is what many of us experience.<p>Over the years, I have come across many companies …

Monitor the Consistency of Your Broadband Speeds with a Raspberry Pi and IFTTT

We all know you can pop over to a site like Speedtest to check your internet speeds, but most of us only bother when there’s a perceivable problem. …

This Epic Chili Bar Is The Easiest Party You'll Ever Throw

Touchdown CROCK POT.<p><i>Recipe by Lindsay Hunt</i><p>Serves 8 to 12<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>2 pounds ground beef (preferably 80% lean)<p>Kosher salt and black pepper<p>2 teaspoon chili powder<p>2 teaspoon ground cumin<p>2 teaspoon garlic powder<p>1 large onion, chopped<p>¼ cup tomato paste<p>2 tablespoons chopped chipotles in adobo (from a can …

Reams of US Voter Info Appear to Be Just Sitting Online

A publicly available database containing the personal information of 191 million US voters has been sitting, exposed, in a publicly accessible corner …

Crock Pot Guinness Stew Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> This is a very hearty and flavorful stew. Thick and yummy, just what is needed on a fall or winter night!<p>(This can also be cooked on the stove top. Just adjust cooking time.)<p><b>Serves: 10</b><p>8-10 Red Potatoes, skin on, quartered<br>• 6 Carrots, peeled and sliced into think chunks<br>• 2 Stalks Celery, …

Opinion: These 5 things made me a happy iPad Pro convert

As you may know from my prior opinion piece on the iPad Pro, I was on the fence about keeping Apple’s new 12.9″ tablet. One of our editors has loved his Pro since day one, another returned his after a week of testing, and a third effectively consigned his to Netflix duty. Up until the Pro came out, …

A Sandwich Straight from Heaven

Manna Sandwiches: A divine mystery with a devoted local following<p>Al Hodges heard the voice in Reidsville, Georgia, in January of 1984.<p><i>What this town needs is a sandwich shop</i>, it said.<p>It was the sort of thing the recently reborn entrepreneur took seriously.<p>“I didn’t have the funds, but I said, ‘God, …

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Limited Edition Whiskeys for Gifting

The whiskey lover in me adores this time of year, when distillers from all over the globe unleash their new limited edition offerings. The suspense! The mystery! How will the label look? What's the shape of the bottle? How many are they making? How much will it cost? Is this variation on a meh …

Whiskey

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