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Managing a “thoroughbred employee”

Most bosses have experienced managing one – a high performing, eager, results-oriented employee who can run circles around other staff. Usually it is a blessing, but sometimes it is also a curse, as these individuals accomplish much but can be … Continue reading

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Balancing Work with Life

We all have our work-life balance stories and challenges, especially as parents. Wikipedia defines it as “proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation)”.  It’s an easy topic to discuss, but a … Continue reading

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Managing Workplace Distractions

One of the greatest challenges a boss has in maintaining productivity is controlling workplace distractions. These come in many varieties: the chatty employee; drop-in visits; a major news event; office politics; workplace events; etc. Technology has increased distractions by enabling … Continue reading

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Motivation

Motivation impacts productivity. A good boss has the ability to both get personally motivated and motivate others. While monetary rewards tend to be the most effective and commonly used motivators, there are many other ways to motivate employees. The most … Continue reading

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Telecommuting

With the advent of the internet, laptops, wireless access and other technological advances, it is very easy for many people to work from home.  Telecommuting can be very productive and convenient for both employer and employee. The key ingredient for … Continue reading

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Vision/Mission/Values Statements

Effective Vision/Mission/Values statements (VMV) can rally the troops and get everyone rowing in the same direction. It is an excellent productivity enhancement tool. In general, a vision statement is a picture of the future, a mission statement addresses how to … Continue reading

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On-Boarding

A good boss enables a new hire to be productive from day one. The first 90 days of an employee’s tenure leaves a long-lasting impression on how s/he perceives the company, the boss, and even executive management. The focus of … Continue reading

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Performance Management

The success of any boss is directly influenced by the performance of his staff. A good boss establishes a system to objectively measure the performance of each team member, and a great boss is able to assist each individual to … Continue reading

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Time Management

Time Management is another critical skill that all good bosses must master. Good time management skills directly impact productivity, and indirectly impact your stress level (when you can’t keep up with the workload). Your subordinates will look to you to … Continue reading

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