Set a good example 12/12/17

By Jules Ciotta

To inspire employees and command respect, always speak and act in the organization's best interests. Here are some tips to help you lead by example.

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Make sure your team stays in the loop 11/28/17

By Jules Ciotta

One drawback to great teamwork is that, because of the effort and time it takes to work well together, team members may become isolated from the rest of the organization. To keep that from happening to your team, here are some questions team members should be answering periodically.

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Four guidelines for effective coaching 10/31/17

By Jules Ciotta

Learning to be a good coach for your employees doesn't mean mastering complicated techniques or memorizing dozens of rules as much as simply developing the right attitudes in yourself. To be an effective coach, you need to follow some basic guidelines to help you cultivate the habits and perspective that bring out the best in your staff.

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Don't think any praise is good praise 8/7/17

By Jules Ciotta

Many managers think that handing out praise indiscriminately is better than not praising at all.

They are wrong. If you hand out praise the wrong way, at the wrong time, or for the wrong reasons, it can do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to follow when using praise to motivate employees:

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How to be a team player 6/20/17

By Jules Ciotta

Here are some steps toward better team work.

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Motivate your team with a self-perception assessment 6/12/17

Motivation Communications Associates provides a different approach to the standard performance appraisals through the use of its "Self-Perception Assessment." The "Self-Perception Assessment" method stands out from the usual assessment instruments in that it focuses on providing an analysis that is specific to the individual and certain situations.

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Instill initiative in employees and a sense of ownership will be your reward 4/4/17

By Jules Ciotta

Teaching your employees to take initiative in solving problems and seeking opportunities around the workplace is one of the best ways to give them a sense of ownership and commitment. If your workforce wants to do more than just follow your orders, these tips will help.

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Are you a winner? 2/7/17

By Jules Ciotta

Winners develop the habit of doing the things that losers don't like to do. We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. Here are the basic habit patterns of a winner.

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Effective supervision 12/20/16

By Jules Ciotta

Good leadership needs lots of skills to effectively deal with today's worker. Certainly enthusiasm, empathy, alacrity and humility are important characteristics of leaders who get the job done in a participatory manner.

Here are some day-to-day traits needed to truly supervise effectively.

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Sharing power and developing our staff 8/16/16

By Jules Ciotta

We are, each of us, the sum total of all our experiences. One problem and/or situation affects us in others.

When employees feel strong, involved and needed, they get extraordinary things done while those who feel weak and insignificant consistently underperform and want to flee.

People who feel powerless tend to hoard the power they have. For example, powerless leaders usually adapt petty and dictatorial styles where political skills are utilized. "Covering your rear" and "passing the buck" are modes used to handle difficulties. Powerless employees tend to follow orders and avoid taking any initiative.

Sharing power is the answer. It lets workers know they are responsible for doing their own jobs – doing what they're paid to do – to help the organization succeed. It helps management and non-management realize the need not "to major in minor things" and continue to ensure that accountability is part of the day-to-day operation.

Read this article for some methods that should be incorporated to ensure this approach is being effectively applied.

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