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Set Ground Rules for Your Global Team

Managers of global teams need to make special considerations to ensure everyone is able to contribute, regardless of their …

Make Your Presentation's Visual Aides Easy to Follow

When presenting, it's essential to keep your audience clued into where you are in your speech. Structure helps them follow …

Don't Dismiss Critics of Change

Not everyone will be excited about change. People who resist are often perceived as inflexible obstacles to overcome . But …

Start Your Team on the Right Path

Any manager who has put together a team — be it large or small, in-person or virtual — knows how difficult it is to get a …

5 ways bigshots ensure they don't spend too much time on email

Inbox full of junk, and in danger of electronic overload ? Here's 5 ways big shots ensure that they don't waste too much time …

Conduct an Informal 360

The most effective leaders identify their strengths and then decide which ones to develop further. To do that, you need to …

Manage Your Team Indirectly

A high functioning team can't be created by decree. Real teams — ones that do collective work — perform well not when the …

Maintain Momentum for Your Change Effort

When implementing change, it's crucial to communicate short-term wins to motivate people to stick with it. But not all near-…

Know What Your Customers Really Do Best

Customers are more valuable than the money they spend. They can help grow your company, whether they buy more or not. Here …

Consider Your Employees' Career Paths

No boss likes to think about losing star employees. But it's your job as a manager to help people find the next level of growth. …

Turn to Frontline Employees for Customer Insight

To succeed in business you need to know what your customers really want. Companies routinely use conjoint analysis, focus …

Help Your Team Embrace Change

Sometimes getting people on board with a change is harder than implementing the change itself. Next time your team balks at …

The Right Way to Ask for a New Assignment

If you hope to take on new project, don't walk into your boss's office and just ask for it. Prepare for the conversation by …

Take Care of Your Most Reliable People

Most people have someone they can count on when they need something done — and done right. But when you value someone's reliability, …

Reward Managers for Helping Others Grow

Many bosses say they want their managers to spend time developing people. But then they reward the results of that process, …

With Teams, Clarify Each Person's Skills

Team members don't need to see eye-to-eye on every issue. But unhealthy conflict can arise when teams misunderstand each others' …

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