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When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly

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Dec 2018

When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly

Fair managers can reap big dividends. Extensive research finds that employees who feel fairly treated are better performers, helpful to colleagues, more committed to their workgroups and the organization, and less likely to steal or be rude to others. Yet, all too often, employees find themselves being treated unfairly – their boss makes decisions concerning them without consultation or due process, or their boss is inconsistent in...

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Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion’s Going Green

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Nov 2018

Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion’s Going Green

Apparel makers don’t want to risk being late to what could be a consequential shift in consumer preferences. For years now, we’ve watched the old guard of the packaged-food industry get pummeled as consumers look to fill their grocery carts with trendier items bearing feel-good labels such as “natural” or “sustainably sourced.” The beauty business, too, has had to adapt to this changing ethos; hence...

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How To Become An Irreplaceable Employee, Part 2

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Nov 2018

How To Become An Irreplaceable Employee, Part 2

The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better time to start planning goals and resolutions for the new year. For many of us, being better in the workplace will be near the top of that list. Now that you’ve vowed to not commit any of the “don’ts” of being an irreplaceable employee, it’s time to focus on the “do’s”. Here are some values to commit...

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How To Spot An Irreplaceable Employee

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Oct 2018

How To Spot An Irreplaceable Employee

Employees and employers have a shared interest in discovering the attributes that define the all-time favorite employees. Employees want to be the most-favored, and employers seek to attract those individuals who seem irreplaceable. Michael Gottlieb is the founding partner of Momentum Law Group – a law firm that serves entrepreneurs. At a recent meeting of his monthly CEO round table, he asked the group, “ What attributes would...

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To Connect with Your Audience, Share Personal Stories

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Oct 2018

To Connect with Your Audience, Share Personal Stories

Leaders often shy away from sharing personal stories in their talks and presentations, because they’re afraid of revealing their struggles or appearing unprofessional. But this is a missed opportunity to connect with your audience: Stories that expose our human flaws and vulnerabilities are often what inspire people. To unearth your inspiring stories, think through the nouns that are important to you — the people, places,...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (5/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (5/5)

5. We keep having the same conversations because nothing gets done between meetings. To address this problem, make sure you have closure on each topic so that next steps are nailed down. Send out a summary of the meeting within an hour of it’s ending or at least before end of day. Assign someone to follow up with everyone between meetings to see that they are making progress on...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (4/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (4/5)

5. No one is paying attention because they’re on their phones or laptops. You can tolerate some distractions when they occur irregularly, but if people are regularly typing emails or checking their texts, it can kill meaningful participation. Setting new norms starts at the top. The senior people in the meeting must model attentive verbal and nonverbal behavior. If they have side conversations, bring other...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (3/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (3/5)

3. Most of our meetings are just passing along information that could easily be sent in an email. We don’t talk about real issues. Spending 10 to 15 minutes of a 90-minute meeting on updates isn’t a big deal. Spending 90 minutes sharing information that could be communicated by other means is a problem. How can you raise this issue to the meeting organizer? Here’s some...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (2/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (2/5)

2.      My boss doesn’t lead meetings effectively. If your boss lacks the skills to effectively facilitate a meeting, you can step up to the plate. You might offer to prepare the agenda for your boss. Solicit topics from the group. Identify outcomes for each topic and get the agenda to people beforehand, if possible. You can also offer to run the meeting if you have the...

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5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (1/5)

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Sep 2018

5 Common Complaints About Meetings and What to Do About Them (1/5)

We all complain about meetings. We have too many. They’re a waste of time. Nothing gets done. These complaints often have merit, but they are so broad that they’re difficult to argue with and harder to address. There are specific complaints that can be tackled, however. When I ask people in the workshops I lead what they most want help with, five issues consistently come up: One or...

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