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To develop a self-managing team, start by limiting your demands and requirements. Instead, pose open-ended questions so that the group can grapple with setting its own rules.
Facebook is becoming the watercooler of the modern age. Un­­for­­tu­­nately, a mistake at the watercooler is limited to a local area, but a mistake on Face­­­­book might be seen globally. Five common mistakes:
Tangible signs of a potentially hostile environment may be only the tip of the sexual harassment iceberg. Here are four red-flag areas you should monitor:
If you lead people who are much older than you, wielding your authority won’t get you very far. It’s smarter to ask for input from more experienced employees.
Have you ever been in the awkward position of eating out for business and wondered who should pay? Invisor Consulting Managing Partner Steve Tobak offers six guidelines.
Dis­­crimination can creep into hiring decisions—possibly without the decision-maker even realizing it. Here are four tips to help ­managers maintain objectivity.
If you attempt to prioritize your day based on hundreds of inbox items, you’re wasting valuable time assessing and reassessing your priorities. Try one or more of these methods to keep the focus on what’s important.
Many organizations conduct exit interviews with outgoing employees. But instead of putting too much stock in exit interviews, conduct “stay interviews” with current employees. Every quarter, meet privately with them and ask three questions.

What would mean more to you … a “thank you” email from your organization’s CEO or a handwritten “thank you” note? The answer is obvious. Hand­written notes carry a greater impact.

If you work in an office environment, writing is probably a big part of your day and reflects on your professionalism. Anita Bruzzese offers some tips to improve your style and prevent embarrassing communications errors.
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