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Setting and Achieving Goals

Corporate goals are used by many organizations to formalize company objectives, communicate those objectives to staff throughout the organization, and incentivize staff to work toward the goals. Often, bonuses are tied to goals, for example. In order for goals to be effective, there are a number of basic factors and characteristics that must be taken […]

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Self-Management–Your Key to Managing Others

There are many qualities that make an effective leader, and none alone can truly be said to be sufficient, although there are many that should be seen as necessary. One of these essential leadership characteristics is the ability to self-manage. While you don’t have to be at the top of your organization—founder, president, CEO, chairperson, […]

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Promoting and Reinforcing Company Values

Company culture is a difficult concept to define. It encompasses the sum of an organization’s values, beliefs, processes, and habits, as well as the collective behavior and personalities of managers and employees. Because of its many sources and influences, it can be difficult to change corporate culture. But one component of a company culture that […]

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Organizational Structure as a Roadblock to Change Management

Employee training programs are important elements of change management in the business world. These programs often seek to change the behavior of employees en masse and often involve the use of outside consultants and experts to design and run the training efforts. But these programs can leave employers and managers disappointed with the results.

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Training for the #1 Leadership Lack: Decisiveness

A common trait of great leaders—whether in the military, business, politics, or any other field—is the ability to act decisively, to survey a situation, and to make a timely decision on how to move forward. And yet, decisiveness is precisely the element of leadership many people struggle with the most. It can be incredibly intimidating […]

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Benefits of Employee Mentorship Programs

Many companies have for years utilized employee mentorship programs. These programs pair employees with a more senior employee who acts as a mentor, helping with anything from finding the lunchroom and introductions to key staff to leadership training and providing insight into company culture and values. Is such a program right for your organization? Here […]

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Can You Train Leaders? Or Are They ‘Born’?

We often think of leadership as an inherent trait, something you either have or you don’t. The phrase “born leader” comes to mind. At the same time organizations, from businesses to political entities to sports teams, are often lacking in leadership.

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Should You Cross-Train? Here Are the Benefits

Cross-training is a technique employed by some organizations in which an employee spends some time doing—or at least trains to do—work in a different business function. For example, a marketing employee might spend some time working in the operations group. A finance employee might spend time with the sales unit. The same process can be […]

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Pros and Cons of Prerecorded Training

Regardless of the industry or the employee, training is a key component of employee growth. And yet, training is something so many companies struggle with. It’s rarely the case that the most experienced and knowledgeable employees are the employees with the most time to spend giving live training sessions to employees. You need them doing […]

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Key Traits of Effective Workplace Coaches

In an article for Entrepreneur, Chris Haddon and Jason Balin note that many of us have coaches, mentors, or tutors growing up. Whether we play sports, play an instrument, take an in-depth dive into a specific academic field or just need some additional assistance with schoolwork, we often have someone taking a dedicated and focused […]

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