Oct 16

Make Planning Time Off A Team Effort

Delegate tasks before a vacation to smooth your team’s transition from work to play.

The holiday season is fast approaching. There’s no doubt you–and most everyone else on your team–will want to take some days off. If you don’t schedule these days off properly, your team will be left understaffed on some days. But with a little ingenuity you can tackle this as a team and afford everyone as much of their requested time off as possible. Continue reading

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Sep 11

Avoid Sending An Unprofessional E-Mail

E-mail blunders can reflect badly on you. Take these steps to clean up your messages before you hit “send.”

The speed and casual nature of e-mail can sometimes tempt you into using it as a sounding board. But hastily composed e-mails written in a moment of anger or levity can damage your reputation at work. Before you hit that “send” button, try one of these tips: Continue reading

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Jun 26

Amp Up Your Listening Skills In 3 Easy Steps

Your co-workers will feel respected and appreciated if you can listen to their ideas as well as you share your own.

Your team can’t thrive if no one listens to others’ ideas. You must ensure that every member really hears what the others are saying. Here’s help.

Step 1: Focus.

When your teammates are talking, you should eliminate all distractions. Try turning away from the computer screen if necessary and give the team your undivided attention.
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Feb 14

Make The Most Of Overachievers

Put your most ambitious teammembers to work to boost your team’s morale and performance.

Your team’s overachievers often resent being told what to do after they’ve worked hard to excel at their specific tasks. But you can still turn them into team players.

The key is to direct your overachievers’ attention and engage them in meeting the entire team’s goals. Here are a few strategies to help you get the most out of your top performers: Continue reading

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Jan 07

Put Your Relationship Skills To Work

All the arguments that you’ve had with your family members may finally pay off. Here’s how.

Can the skills you use in personal relationships with significant others, family, children, and friends help you to create solid partnerships at work? Absolutely, according to Charlie Robertson, the managing director of the U.K.-based credit agency Advanced Debt Solutions. Continue reading

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