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Which one is you?

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Look at your desk. Is it scattered with unread papers? Adorned with family photos? Do you have toys that help you think? The way you organize and decorate your desk reveals a surprising amount of information about who you are. Take a look at your employees’ desks. What does the space look like? What personal objects are there? “It’s really important to look for themes,” Gosling says. Focus on the objects that seem consistent and permanent. Here are a few easy things to look for, along with what they reveal about personality:

An organized desk says… you’re dependable and timely.

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Great employees are not replaceable


Companies who see their good employees as “replaceable” are wrong. Good employees are not replaceable.

When a company has a truly great employee, that employee carries value that simply cannot be replaced. They carry deep institutional knowledge of the organization.When a company loses a great employee it causes the other employees to have reason for pause, thinking, “Why would that person leave the organization, and why would the organization let them get away? Is there something wrong with this company that I should be worried about? Perhaps I should start looking elsewhere myself.” Not only will other employees question it, but clients often question it as well. 

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Word smarter, not harder


The old adage, “work smarter, not harder” has become a staple in the way I go about work of any kind. Instead of being robotic in how I approach tasks, I try to be thoughtful and always ask myself if something can be done more efficiently or eliminated altogether. Managing my time isn’t about squeezing as many tasks into my day as possible. It’s about simplifying how I work, doing things faster, and relieving stress. It’s about clearing away space in my life to make time for people, play, and rest. I promise you — there really are enough hours in a day for everything you’d like to do, but it may take a bit of rearranging and re-imagining to find them. I have a list of 21 time management tips that can be helpful, but everyone is different.Let this list be a catalyst to get you thinking regularly about how to refine your own practices.

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Managers: Do these 5 things well and earn trust quickly

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Managers in the workplace have a unique role to play with multiple and continuously evolving responsibilities. They must instill a high-performance mindset while creating a culture whose foundation promotes teamwork and competitiveness for the betterment of a healthier whole.  Additionally, managers must touch the business and stay active.Most importantly, managers must quickly earn trust from their colleagues to inspire team unity and collaboration that is centered on the fundamental principles of loyalty, communication and transparency. Here are five ways to help you build trust quickly as a manager (or to help keep your manager on their game).

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Why And Where Is Teamwork Important?



Working effectively as part of a team is incredibly important for output quality, morale, and retention.Due to the reasoning of  Brooks’s Law, that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later, managers or technical leads sometimes over-correct and attempt to maximize efficiency by staffing single-person projects to reduce the communication overhead down to zero. The reality is that there are a number of downsides and risks to working alone that affect output quality and morale.

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11 Ways to build an all-star team

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Team-building events often evoke mocking grins from employees who envision the clichéd night of karaoke singing or “trust falls” backward and into the arms of their put-upon colleagues. Yet post-recession team building is also more critical than even before, with companies looking to get a greater return on their investment while making do with less. Productivity is increasing across American businesses, but without a rapid expansion of the labor force. Here are 11 tips for making sure your team-building activities don’t have the unintended consequence of pulling your team of employees apart.

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Seven Effective Ways to Improve Job Performance



Effective workplace performance is the key element in the success of an organization. And the competency of the workers employed will determine just how successful the organization will be.  It’s imperative that companies hire competent staff to perform all job duties and responsibilities.

Effective communication, good organizational skills, good time management skills, adequate education and training, goal settings, and teamwork are crucial in shaping employee competency and improving job performance.  Employee morale is also a factor in poor job performance.  Managers should use incentives to motivate employees and boost employee morale- this would ultimately improve job performance.

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Here’s for the boss: 7Cs in finding a good employee


A founder can’t grow a winning enterprise singlehandedly. Some may try, but it is nearly impossible to do so. Every famous entrepreneur has built a flourishing company with great employees by his or her side. Here are the 7Cs for the bosses to consider when selecting new employees:

1. Competent

2. Capable

3. Compatible

4. Commitment

5. Character

6. Culture

7. Compensation

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why teams and organization fail to achieve sustained excellence


Why is winning over and over again considerably more difficult than winning once?  To use an analogy, we can find many answers to this challenge in the sports world. Think about it. In the NBA, NFL, MLB, and other professional sports leagues, winning the end of season championship is the ultimate prize. This accomplishment, available to only one team per season, is a testament to successful teamwork and many hours of hard work. However, top athletes always affirm that winning a consecutive title is substantially more difficult the second time around. Many teams peak in winning one year, only to fall apart the next season due to both individual and team dynamics. It is an exceptional feat for a team to win back-to-back titles.

 Below are some of the “derailers” as to why teams and organizations fail to achieve sustained excellence.

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Leadership Principle: People Do What People See

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Two men, down on their luck, sit on a park bench in shabby clothes watching businesspeople in crisp suits rushing to their offices. The first man says, “The reason I’m here is because I refused to listen to anybody.”

“That so?” replies the second fella. “I’m here because I listened to everybody.”

Both practices are recipes for disaster. Successful people don’t take the advice of everyone, nor do they try to do everything on their own. Instead, they find successful models who exemplify the values, skills and qualities they desire to possess.

One of the most important leadership principles I’ve discovered is this: People do what people see. When your team looks at you, when they watch what you do day in and day out, what do they see? If they were to emulate you, how would you rate them?  What I do, they will do. How I work, they will work. What I value, they will value. So I ask myself: What kinds of traits do I want to model? Listed are the three traits, in my own opinion.

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