How to Increase Personal Drive

As a manager, you set the tone for your team’s performance. If you are enthusiastic about your work, you will probably generate a similar level of enthusiasm among your team members. If, however, you are tired and/or bored with your work, this lack of enthusiasm will also be transmitted to your team and you will […]

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Why Do-It-Yourself 360s Fail

Do-it-yourself…this is a phrase that has always gotten me into trouble around the house. I used to think I was a lot better at household projects than I really was, but after years of home ownership I have finally embraced the truth and come to appreciate the adage – if you think it’s expensive to […]

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How to Set and Enforce Performance Standards

Even if your company sets the standards of performance for every job and provides data on every person’s activities, you, the manager, will need to monitor the standards on a regular basis and discuss them with your team members. The ability to set and meet high standards is expected in business these days, and performance […]

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Is Survey Fatigue Killing Your 360?

In my last post, I wrote about how quickly things can change both in life and in business. We see examples of this everywhere, including how ubiquitous online surveys have become in the workplace. Somewhere between the performance evaluations, culture surveys, engagement surveys and 360 feedback assessments, your team began feeling “surveyed to death.” This […]

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Giving Feedback that Works

If your team is typical, some of your team members will do excellent work, while others will be adequate, and a few will need coaching to improve their performance. All of them deserve to receive feedback from you about their job performance. It’s easy to allow the inadequate performers to monopolize most of your attention, […]

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