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10 Things That Piss People Off At Work

Let’s call this a rant post or a post for you to vent. Below I’ve listed, in no particular order, 10 things that piss people off at work. I’d like to hear yours. Meetings, Emails, and Microwaved Fish 1. “Any luck with that [insert thing you asked me to do ten minutes ago]?” 2. “Did you finish [the thing I …

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How To Make Manager Development A Success

If employees are your most important asset, then leadership development is your most important tool to help them succeed. How much time, energy, and money do you put towards training your leaders? Developing managers is like growing an investment account. Great investment accounts get personal attention, are diversified, earn compound interest, and periodically receive significant one-time investments. Let’s look at how to make …

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Why Some Of Your Employees Need A Story Time

In any workplace, there are 4 different behavioral styles. In this article, let’s look at the Influencing Style or the persuasive style. They are the office optimist. This style is a great encourager, a talker, and usually has an opinion to share or a story to tell. Think Bill Clinton, Will Smith, Steve Martin, and Oprah Winfrey. Work Is A …

You Didn’t Fix My Door But You Charged Me How Much?

I recently purchased a used minivan from a local family and it has a few quirks. I reached out to a local dealership to fix some of the problems, and the following is the customer service experience I had. This story is not about complaining but suggesting how things could have gone much differently. I’m not sure if I took …

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How To Dramatically Improve Business Communication

Research shows miscommunication costs small businesses $420,000 annually and more for larger businesses. Whether you know it or not, miscommunication is hurting your bottom-line. Fortunately, improving business communication doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple is best and I believe one of the better communication tools available to business is the DISC assessment. Start With A Simple Communication Strategy If you’ve …

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10 Things Successful People Do That Unsuccessful Don’t

Before we get into the list, let’s define success. Success is taking the talents you have and utilizing them to their utmost. We all have varying levels of talent. When people develop their talents, we see the likes of J. K. Rowling, Bill Gates, Mother Teresa, George Washington Carver, or Abraham Lincoln. This is only a short list of people. But …

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Employees Not Contributing Like They Should? Try This.

I recently met with a client and we had an interesting discussion about why she holds back her contribution to an initiative or project at first. She’s on a team that is going through some changes and new initiatives. The lesson I learned from the conversation is not everyone on your team will immediately feel comfortable in contributing to the …

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If You Don’t Have Time To Develop Them When Will You Find Time To Replace Them?

Developing your employees is vital to the long-term success of your business. SHRM predicts that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it will cost between 6 and 9 months’ salary. For a salaried employee making $50,000 per year, it would cost $25,000 to $37,500 just to recruit and train your new employee. In a different CAP study, they found …