Category Archives: Management

Managing people – delivering a difficult message

Management is an under-appreciated skill. Yet nothing will make a workplace more unpleasant, even downright miserable, than poor management. Sadly, it is something I see far too much. Part art as well as science, the ability to work well with … Continue reading

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Managing People – How am I doing?

Managing people is one of the most difficult and ultimately rewarding jobs anyone can have in business. For most of us, it doesn’t come naturally. Part science, part art, and part psychology, it is a learned and practiced skill that has to bend to suit the situation and the individual employee. Continue reading

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TV Lessons in Management

I confess.  I watch too much TV.  My excuses?  Well, I guess I could blame it on my generation.  As a baby boomer, I was raised with TV, the first generation in the United States that was.  Probably a bigger … Continue reading

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Management ER: Can this employee be saved?

Years ago, I remember a column in a prominent women’s magazine, maybe Good Housekeeping, entitled “Can this marriage be saved?”  The story would be told from his point of view and hers, followed by analysis and counsel.  A bit sappy … Continue reading

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Management 101 – Is poor management costing you employees?

The importance of good first line management to an organization is frequently given short shrift, in my experience.  This is particularly true with small companies that may have limited training budgets.  This may not be the best place for penny pinching, … Continue reading

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You’re at the starting gate – Are your employees with you?

This is the time of year when we all try to take stock of where we are and plan for an even better year this year.  I think it’s also a great time to make sure your employees are primed … Continue reading

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Attracting and keeping the best employees

Lots of us shoppers out there are Costco addicts.  Speaking for myself, I have to say I love the thrill of the hunt, finding something unusual and exciting at a great price.  I appreciate the more mundane benefits of shopping … Continue reading

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To Mentor or Not to Mentor – That is the question…….

I’ve been reading the Wall Street Journal again.  This time, the article that caught my eye was one by Elizabeth Holmes, “Career Mentors Today Seem Short on Advice But Give a Mean Tour.â€??  It presents a trend in corporate America … Continue reading

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Managing Employees: Now that you’ve got them, how do you keep them?

It’s tough hiring great employees these days!  There are more jobs than people to fill them, so we have to work really hard to find and hire the personnel we need to expand our businesses. Once we’ve got them, how … Continue reading

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