Managing People at Work

You can’t run your business in a bubble. As tempting as it may be to build an impenetrable barrier to keep you and your employees from sharing any information with your competitors, that strategy is shortsighted.

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Rookie public speakers read from a written speech. They stand at the podium as if they’re glued there. They go on too long, and their presentations are filled with “ums” and “ahs.” Veteran public speakers have transcended these novice mistakes.

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Managers spend a lot of time assigning tasks, then stressing about how employees carry out the tasks and whether each one is completed on time. Mavenlink is an app that makes project management a lot more convenient.

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Some managers tend to evaluate team members based on their most recent positive or negative encounter. This hap­pens most often when a manager has no record of an employee’s performance over the past months or year. It’s not a good way to conduct a review, and it’s not fair to the employee. An increasingly popular and easily imple­mented solution is to create an employee performance log.

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You probably wouldn’t be where you are professionally if it weren’t for an attentive boss who took an interest and recognized your special talents. Now it’s time to pass that favor along by recognizing and cultivating talent among your own employees. Here’s how:

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You want to cover as much as possible, but marathon meetings take up valuable business hours and often leave participants frustrated or bored. Achieve better results in less time with these three strategies:

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Have you ever been blindsided by a comment that someone makes— particularly if it’s offensive or not true? How do you handle it? Do you react with a defensive explanation? There’s a better way: Ask a question. It will disarm the critic, give you time to think and allow you to better understand the accuser’s meaning.

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“Most meetings start late, run long and don’t achieve much,” says management consultant Mike Richardson. He offers these tips for developing productive meetings that accomplish your objectives:

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OfficeTime makes it easy to track how many hours each person and the team as a whole have spent on various projects and tasks.

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With every effective team, there comes a time when the person in charge can shift his or her focus from managing to coaching. The transition from manager to coach doesn’t have to be earthshaking, nor does it have to require additional work.

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