You Inherited a Dysfunctional Team

You’re new in management and you inherited a dysfunctional team. Welcome to reality. We’ve all been there. Most leaders are not trained to build teams, so if you plan on progressing your career, this won’t be the last time you inherit a team who needs your expertise. These articles from Titus Talent Strategies and Monster outline the best strategies to address your new team. It’s important to understand where your employees are coming from. Monster’s writer Joe Issid knows that many people will begin muttering “he’s going to bring in his own people” and rumors erupt. Your job is to begin building relationships as quickly as possible. Here are my takeaways: 1. Take the Lead: They may no

Communicate With Your Ears

And you thought the best way to communicate was with your mouth. While choosing the right words to communicate is important, listening is a vital part of effective communication. An article from Harvard Business Review states that “Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks,” and continues to stress the importance of creating a ‘positive environment’ with ‘cooperative communication,’ as well as giving suggestions at the end. Think through these steps when listening to communicate: Reflect – verify and clarify what you heard the speaker say. Probe – ask a few questions. Don’t jump to a conclusion or feel like you have to solve the problem. Support – show genu

10 Tips for Millennials Managing Baby Boomers

Do you know that awkward moment when you're telling someone how to improve in a job they’ve held longer than you’ve been in the workforce? I love this line from this Forbes article because I was once there, and I remember thinking I had to prove myself to older employees. Rather than being an awkward experience, managing people older than you can be rewarding and educational. While much is written about the differences in our generations, we have more in common than is reported. We definitely can learn from each other and build strong teams as outlined in this Fast Company article. Here are my takeaways from these two articles, with a few other recommendations thrown in: Arrive to work

Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS)

Keep It Simple, Stupid, or K.I.S.S, is an important mantra to remember when communicating in the workplace. Whether you’re addressing a large audience, having a one-on-one, or communicating via email; brevity and simplicity are crucial to carry out the intended message. The article How to be an Effective Communicator at Work from TruPath states, “Whether written or verbal, avoid jargon and too much wordiness….supervisors who communicate well, retain top employees.” When communicating with employees, consider these 6 points to KISS: Know your audience - Will this message align with her/his interest? Will it benefit them and in what way? What does this person care about? What motivates them? W

Why taking action creates success

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Time for a change

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Getting a grasp on adventure

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5 secrets to finding happiness

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Bring light into your life

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