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Techniques fiction writers employ to develop characters can provide insight into how managers develop their employees. Learn the secret that one novelist, Ellis Avery, uses to develop her characters.
This technique can give managers real-world insight into how they can help their employees succeed.[…] Continue Reading »
The secret to motivation is that there is no secret. Why? Because leaders do not motivate anyone.
Motivation is intrinsic and therefore individuals motivate themselves to succeed. It is up to leaders create conditions for motivation to occur.
A leader reinforces motivation when he or she leads by example — the leader who is the first one into the office or the last one to leave as well as one who is willing to come in on weekends, if others are asked to do the same.[…] Continue Reading »
Coaching your employees requires commitment. It must be planned in advance, not done off the cuff.
Management today is really about enabling people to succeed and that means providing them with the guidance, resources, feedback and support they need to do their jobs.
Coupling feedback with expectations is the foundation of manager-to-employee coaching. It’s also the method by which managers can help employees and teams get the work done and promote higher levels of engagement and productivity.[…] Continue Reading »
Have some tough news to deliver?
Use a one-two approach: affirm their value, then critique their performance. Too often managers open with the tough stuff, and when they do they cause the other person to go into a defensive posture — or shut down as psychologists say — and hear nothing else.
If you play it straight and with dignity, you demonstrate that you care about your employees.[…] Continue Reading »
Wise leaders look at what an employee can do rather than what he cannot do.
The lesson for leaders who evaluate people — that is, every leader — is to adopt a “glass half-full” versus a “glass half-empty” attitude. An executive who is evaluating talent should ask three questions about the individual:
- Does this person have the skills to do the job?