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People Management

With some employees, it isn’t a matter of ability, it’s a matter of attitude. And while you can’t control someone’s horrible personality, you can decide how you’re going to respond. Use these scripts and strategies to confront problem employees and effectively manage employee discipline so you can bring motivating back to the forefront of your workday.

The first rule of people management is not to let one bad apple spoil your whole bunch. Difficult people can put a strain on the productive members of your team.

Make the most of your human capital. Browse our articles on the good, the bad and the ugly of People Management…

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When it comes to decision-making, the process is almost as important as the results and involves your hands-on participation with team members.
The statistics most often used to evaluate performance, such as sales, may have only a flimsy connection to true success. More useful statistics persist over time and show cause and effect. Choosing the right metrics is a four-step process.
Every manager faces employees who exhibit below-standard performance. These aren’t terrible employees who should be shown the door, but they’re not achieving the quality or quantity of work they’re capable of. According to an OnPoint Consulting report, here are the five best ways to give below-standard workers a performance boost:
Craig Newmark, 60, founder of Craigslist, calls impatience his “greatest fault,” and it posed particular problems for him early in his career.
One of the most popular motivational techniques is celebrating team victories. But if you’re going to host an employee-appreciation party, make sure that everyone leaves happy.
Every workplace seems to have that one employee who's nothing but a perpetual fountain of gripes, and challenges management’s patience and its authority. Here are some suggestions for disciplining a chronic complainer.
If you’re replacing a bad boss, top performers who haven’t already left may be about to quit. To regain employee trust after you’ve replaced an awful boss, take these steps.
Creative breakthroughs often require the wisdom of teams. A lone visionary can plant the seeds, but real innovation occurs when outside-the-box thinkers combine forces. Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize Foundation, has built his entrepreneurial career around gathering creative people and letting them loose to chase lofty goals.
Turn disengaged employees into company advocates.
For more than 50 years, Disney has been known for the exceptional connection between its employees and guests. Creating and maintaining this bond is the subject of Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal and Customer-Centric Employees by Doug Lipp, a longtime Disney leader and internationally acclaimed expert on customer service and change management.
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