Never Be the Smartest Person in the Room

“Try to never be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people, or find a different room” – Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Technologies. What!? You thought you had to be the smartest person to be the boss. Not so! Successful leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Steve Jobs surrounded themselves with people who had many opposing ideas. Remain humble. Give credit to others and never throw anyone “under the bus.” There’s no way you can have all of the answers in today’s fast-paced ever-changing business environment. So admit it and brainstorm together to work the problem. Know your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re unsure of those, start a journal to r

Help Develop Employees or Lose Them

A key role as a manager is to develop your employees. It is part of your job to help them grow and make sure they are learning the skills they need to get to where they want to go. Here are 3 simple ways to develop your employees: Provide them Interesting and Challenging Work- Don't just assign your employees busy work or things you don't want to do. Give them the opportunity to be challenged. Give them goals that are within reach, but not too easy to obtain. Explain the benefits of learning and help them get to the next level. Involve them in Decision Making- Encourage their ideas and opinions and ask for their help in developing plans. When your employees feel like you are living out their

Fun at Work = Increased Productivity

Of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, an average of 81% of employees said they are working in a “fun environment.” If you want your employees to engage more, produce more, and stick around longer, consider lightening up once in a while. Try different things and have different people lead the fun. Here are our top suggestions that cost nothing: 1. Paper Airplanes - Break into teams, have no rules other than the planes need to fly. Decorate them, and see which team’s airplane goes the furthest, the highest, or who has the best design. 2. Charades - This classic game is always fun and there are many new versions. You can choose movies, songs, famous people, or phrases. 3. Board Game Mar

How to Make 2020 Your Most Successful Year Ever

The year is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Below are three important things you can do to jumpstart 2020. These strategies will even help you end the year strong by assessing what you’re doing well and what you can be doing differently. Make time to: 1. Reassess Your Culture - Did your culture help you reach your goals so far in 2019? Creating a culture that values employees' ideas and hard work, that promotes collaboration, and that treats people like humans ensures that you attract and keep the best talent. Make sure your core values are in place and not just “on the wall.” Incorporate the actions and behaviors that support your values into everything you do, from hiring

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