Is a Hybrid Workforce Here to Stay?

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The short answer is yes for most companies in some form. We all know how difficult the last year has been. Rapid shifts in how and where we work was forced on all of us. We also learned that this brought opportunities on many levels. One is no commute time. On the other hand, it…

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5 Essential Strategies to Lead Others

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When teams have an effective leader, they are more productive, with higher job satisfaction, and lower turnover. There are many ways to be an effective leader. Different situations require different skills. Use these 5 essential strategies to lead others: Avoid micromanaging. Micromanaging is the least effective way to lead others and is a waste of…

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Tips to Shake Up Your Next Zoom Meeting

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We are coming up on the 1-year anniversary of the pandemic which launched our way of working today, the ubiquitous video/zoom meetings. If you’re like me, I’m bored with the zoom meetings I attend. Use these tips to shake up your next zoom meeting. Have a background contest. Use the virtual background video option in…

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Top 5 Strategies to Empower Your Team

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Top-down style of leadership is not an effective way of leading people. The mistake many leaders make, whether consciously or not, is to believe that they need to “command” or “shape” their team members. Which can lead to resistance, and, more importantly, unhappy team members. Fortunately, there’s a powerful way of thinking that can help…

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Corporate America Is at a Crossroads

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Which side of history is your company going to be on? Flexibility or rigid structure? As leaders, we have ample evidence that remote working is achievable on a large scale over the last year. With COVID-19 forcing us all to shelter in place, that left no alternative but to work from home. That, for the…

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How Coronavirus Is Humanizing Corporate America

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Since coronavirus hit and started our adapting to working from home, it has had a very unusual side effect. It has humanized corporate America. When we were all going into the office, we would leave our personal life at home, for the most part, and put on our professional life and go to work. Put…

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Leading Through Pandemic Exhaustion

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Your employees are exhausted. You are exhausted. It is not just COVID-19 that is making everyone exhausted. Everyone appears to be on or near the edge. The consistent increase in daily stress is unrelenting this year. The 2020 election, no matter which side you are on, adds to the stress. Social unrest adds to the…

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Do You Have Direct Reports? You Lead Teams

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All leaders, managers, anyone that has someone that reports to them, leads teams which in turn creates team leaders. I say that as a way to reframe how leaders think of themselves. When you think of yourself as a team leader this allows for a completely different lens to view your direct reports. Yes, they…

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Strategies for Managing Up

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Managing up sometimes gets a bad rap. You’re not in elementary school anymore where you might have been made fun of, called a “suck up” or the “Teacher’s Pet.” This is a critical skill set in the corporate world and important to your career and job satisfaction. Whether you have the best manager in the…

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Summer Brain – How to Shake It Off

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Unofficially, when we pass the Labor Day holiday, summer is in the rear-view mirror and fall is ahead. During these COVID-19 times, the workload seems to only get bigger and the days longer. Yet, our attitude shifts a little during summer. We are outdoors more enjoying the weather, vacations/stay-vacations happen, if you have kids, they’re…

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