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How to Use Change as a Launchpad for Business Growth

There have been many inflection points in human history which have required businesses (and people) to change the way they operate.

A good place to start when trying to formulate how to grow your business during a time of change, is to look into the past

All of the following examples can be explained with the same thesis:

 

"Every instance of societal change opens doors that didn't exist before."

 

Take the Plague of the 1340's: Laborers were able to charge more for their work, the Feudal System collapsed, and the rise of "Humanism" took place.

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Here's How to Manage Remote Employees in the Age of COVID-19

Some of your employees may have already been working from home before COVID-19, and feel like not a lot has changed in their day-to-day now that your company has shifted to remote work.

 

At the same time there are probably others who are experiencing a remote workplace for the first time, and are still adjusting to this "new normal" (I wanted to get that over-used term out-of-the way, I promise not to use it again.)

 

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How to Improve Workplace Communication Skills: A Guide for Managers

When it comes to communication between a manager and their team, there is always room for improvement. Improving workplace communication across your organization should be a goal for every business leader, and one that brings increased productivity to your team. When it comes to being a manager, having the ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills to have. 

Billionaire businessman Warren Buffet told a classroom of business students that being an effective communicator doubles your value in the workplace. Buffet said that he would give $100,000 to any student in the room in exchange for 10 percent of their future earnings. And if the student was an effective communicator, he would increase the bid by 50 percent because the investment had more value.

 

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Coaching Skills for Managers: A Comprehensive Guide

As you know, there is a huge difference between telling someone what to do and actually empowering them with the skills and tools needed to do it. Would you expect someone would be able to bowl without a ball or being shown how to do it?

 

It’s obvious that coaching is important. But how are you supposed to fit coaching into your busy schedule as a manager? How do you make sure that your team members receive a level of coaching that is both personal and drives results?

 

Managers with well-developed coaching skills are able to ask the right questions, steer people in the right direction, and keep their team encouraged and driven to achieve a specific goal.

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How to Develop a Succession Planning Process: A Guide for Managers

Have you ever promoted someone to be a manager, only to find out that they can hardly even manage themselves?

 

This is a common problem across industries, and leads to issues such as disorganization, unmotivated team members, poor workplace communication, and lack of dedication to a common goal. Succession planning is crucial in achieving growth, and ensuring that your management team is the best it can be. Follow along with this guide, to re-vamp the way you promote your high performers. 

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How to Resolve Workplace Conflicts: A Guide for Managers

When you read the words "workplace conflict", what emotions do you feel?
If you're like many business leaders, some that top the list may be dread, anxiety, and an overwhelming despair (ok, that one may be a bit dramatic – but you get the point.)
If conflict didn’t exist and everyone agreed about everything, we would live in an incredibly boring world.
Conflict has the power to both shake up long-held beliefs and bring people together against a common cause.
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Why, When, and How to Delegate: A Manager's Guide

Why to Delegate

Most leadership roles involve a variety of tasks that — simply put — cannot all be completed by one person. Sometimes leaders feel they must take up the reins of all of these tasks themselves to ensure they are done properly.

On the contrary, delegating some of these tasks to employees can improve task efficiency and benefit the organization in ways that aren't obvious at first. A study by Harvard Business Review determined that delegating can actually increase the income and overall efficiency of organizations. Not only does delegating empower others in the organization, it helps optimize the performance of the group. The more members who are included in the ownership of projects, the more efficient your organization will become.

Don’t know where to begin? Let's walk through delegating from start to finish. Feel free to download the delegating template to help you follow along with this blog.

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8 Tips to Give your Managers to Decrease Employee Turnover

Why you should care about reducing employee turnover

 

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase “people don’t leave their job, they leave their manager.” Companies around the world are learning how true this is, and are making concerted efforts to decrease employee turnover by improving their managers. In Gallup’s study, State of the American Manager, 50% of workers surveyed have left a job to “get away from their manager at some point in their career," and "at least 75% of the reasons for voluntary turnover can be influenced by managers."

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8 Simple Ways to Establish Strong Organizational Culture (Infographic)

Establishing strong workplace culture is crucial for business leaders who want to recruit the best talent, retain their strongest employees, and see high levels of engagement from team members. Workplace culture improvement is a process that shouldn't be rushed, so use this list as a long-term guide.

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Managing your Multigenerational Workforce: 5 Ways to Leverage this Competitive Advantage

 

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