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Take Me to Your Leader… Oh Wait, That’s Me! 9 Steps to Building Your Dream Team

Take Me to Your Leader… Oh Wait, That’s Me! 9 Steps to Building Your Dream Team

You can buy your team pizza and bring in large lattes from Starbucks to distribute, but unless you are an effective leader and manager these little niceties are a waste of your time and dollars.  This will not make them a better support staff for your business.  This unique and interesting group of individuals who make up your team needs to support each other and, even if they don’t always like each other, have a mutual respect with common goals…goals that you as their manager should have ingrained into them since the day they joined your company. It is necessary to learn the right managerial techniques that are going to motivate your employees.  If you are their leader and haven’t really done enough to make this a nice cohesive unit, a well oiled machine, it’s not too late to implement changes that will morph your good company into a great company, or a mediocre staff into the best dream team ever!  Here are some tips to help: Don’t assume that everybody is motivated by the same thing.  For some it is simply money alone, but for many they are looking for a sense of purpose, or finding that niche to use their skill set.  Hone in on this for each individual while also making your expectations clear. Respect the differences of your staff.  If you have hired a diverse group of individuals, realize that they can get along with each other without being best buddies.  Celebrate their unique attributes and what each person individually brings to the table.  Your managerial style may differ from person to person, and that’s...
“It’s Not You; It’s Me….”  Losing another employee?   Yeah, it’s you.

“It’s Not You; It’s Me….”  Losing another employee?   Yeah, it’s you.

They come into your office nervous, stammering, and uncomfortable.  Some of them have letters of resignation promising two weeks, others are carrying their family photographs and juggling their plants in copy machine boxes, ready to make a rocket fire exit.  In this land of opportunity employees moving on and moving out are quite common, but if you have a revolving door of unhappy staff, don’t ask yourself, “Did I hire the wrong person?”   Ask yourself, “Am I being the wrong person?”  Chances are, it’s not them…it’s you. As the boss, the CEO, the manager, the president, whatever Big Cheese title is your claim to fame, it can be difficult (if not downright impossible) to understand what it is about your personality or management style that has the associates posting resumes on the internet (on your dime) and devising their escape plan.  Let’s start with the obvious and see if any of these traits define you: BELITTLING:  Does your criticism go beyond making helpful suggestions?  If you are rolling your eyes, sighing, folding your arms, and talking to your staff like you would a two year old, belittling behavior like this can suck the life and enthusiasm out of even the strongest personality.  Practice on your dog if you have to, but learn how to communicate in a positive light.  A little rehearsal can go a long way in maintaining healthy, respectful relationships within your office. MICRO MANAGING: This overused term needs no explanation.  Unless your employees are coming to you for assistance or asking for a bit of direction, back off and let them do their jobs. BULLYING: You...
Are You Consuming Your Career, or is Your Career Consuming You?

Are You Consuming Your Career, or is Your Career Consuming You?

If you are wondering with a snicker if there is a difference in the two, then congratulations! You are most likely in Group 1 and wake up whistling when you start working, have a goofy nonstop grin on your face, and dream about what the next day is going to bring. If you are in Group 2, you hesitantly clicked on this blog post because you are afraid to read — you are in so deep that you wonder if you will ever pull yourself out, drowning in the black sea of paperwork, unanswered emails, voice mails you don’t want to listen to, and ultimate despair. Yeah, a little melodramatic, but sadly it’s also a fact. GET OUT OF THE QUAGMIRE! Did you choose to be an entrepreneur or pick your present career path so you could be swallowed up by all that you encompass? Nope, didn’t think so. Then it’s time to effect some serious change. If you want to avoid the ulcer that’s undoubtedly going to be part of your future (and really want to click your voice mail button without cringing), these three simple steps are imperative. Make a list of everything you do. (Okay, the major things you do.)    Arrange the items in your list in order of priority. Highlight the items on this list that you absolutely despise doing. All right, here comes the easy part. Look at your highlighted items. If these are tedious tasks that bog you down, things that are just too time consuming and keep you away from the things you love to do, then why are you doing them?...
Things Are Perfect, Well Sort of….So Why Are You Job Hunting Again?

Things Are Perfect, Well Sort of….So Why Are You Job Hunting Again?

Uh-oh, there you go again… the two columns with “pros” on one side and “cons” on the other.  Before you get overly absorbed into that page of truth and tell all, perhaps it’s also time to make a different and separate list for your own self-discovery.  If it makes you feel better, go on and finish the other one first, the one you are comfortable with and could do in your sleep.  Hmmmm pros… “great team to work with, awesome benefits, pay is pretty good…” and of course the typical con side, “too much stress, little free time, not enough autonomy.”   Sound familiar?   It should.  Job after job after job it’s always the same things that you love, the same things that you hate.  The pen comes out about every two years to do the whole pros/cons thing…or maybe it’s done on the computer or Ipad (because it is, after all, 2016). Now let’s work on your self-discovery list.  Rest assured, this will not be as easy.  Forget the columns, the numbered lists and bullet points.  These are quickie questions that won’t require any tabulations.  You already know what thrills and what kills with every place you have ever been employed.  Ask yourself these simple questions and see if you can figure YOU out. Is it boredom that sets you on a quest for a new venture? Are you craving more excitement that you’re not getting currently? Do you get in a rut easily? Do you find yourself always thinking that you could do a better job managing the company or other employees? Are you the go-to person for...
TO THE BOSS:  12 Daunting Statements That Your Employees Are Afraid to Say to Your Face

TO THE BOSS: 12 Daunting Statements That Your Employees Are Afraid to Say to Your Face

Being the boss has its perks. Usually you have a good parking space, you can set hour own hours (which basically means that although you are ALWAYS working no one is tracking how long your lunch is, etc.), and you have a position of authority and purpose. Before you go feeling too smug and comfy, grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back, and prepare yourself… You are the boss, and there are things you need to know. This isn’t about time management and sales goals for the upcoming year. NOPE — this one is about you. If you are sharp, you are cognizant of the invisible wall which separates you from the rest of the staff. There are jokes you won’t be in on, certain things that you won’t understand, and a lot of words which will be left unsaid. It is time for you to hear those words. This is not a comprehensive list, and not all will apply to you. If the shoe doesn’t fit, pat yourself on the back and move on. Check yourself as you read these, and try not to be oversensitive to the ones that do apply. 1) “Your breath smells…and you have body odor”. YIKES. We can’t say this one easily to a co-worker (maybe we can hint and hand them a breath mint), but it definitely won’t be shared with the boss. Did you have sushi and catfish for lunch? Did you catch a whiff of yourself as you’ve been stressed out, nervous and sweating up a storm? If you smell it guaranteed they do too. You’ve got a big...
From A to Z… 26 Ways to Shred the Competition

From A to Z… 26 Ways to Shred the Competition

Just getting by isn’t enough in today’s business world.  If you plan on succeeding, you need to come prepared for battle.  You chose this, so grab your sword and shield.  Entrepreneurship isn’t for wusses…  Looking for ways to shred the competition?   Here are 26 tips and tricks from A to Z to give you the winning edge: Amaze your customers.   Keep them wondering how they ever managed without you. Bring something new to the table all the time. Call clients just to check in.  They will like the personal attention. Don’t avoid phone calls. Examine how you are doing things.  Is it still practical? Finish up projects.  Don’t leave assignments hanging. Get organized.  It will benefit EVERYBODY, including you. Help your customers strategize so they can be successful. Impress with outstanding customer service. Join networking clubs to gain new insights. Keep trying to better yourself. Learn and grow from your mistakes. Make sure you always show your appreciation. Never lose your drive…your clients will sense it. Open your eyes to better ways of serving. Prepare, Plan and avoid Procrastination Quit making excuses if something goes wrong. Remember why you became your own boss.  FOCUS! Stay the course.  Hard work and perseverance will pay off. Talk to your clients often and make sure you’re still on track. Understand that not everybody will like you, and that’s okay. Value your employees… they will help you succeed. Work on keeping relationships strong. X-ray vision and a crystal ball would help!  Ask clients for clarification. Yearn to always keep that spark. Zero in on your clients’ needs always. There are many ways to...

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