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Quick Ideas for Motivating Employees with Quirky Personalities

  
  
  
Motivating employees

Motivating employees can be one of your biggest challenges as a manager and leader, but learning how to inspire each individual - especially those with quirky personalities - is the key to a successful organization.

How Online Networking Benefits Career Success

  
  
  
Hiring Strategy

In an article titled “The LinkedIn Effect: Why Social Media Is Now Mandatory for Success,” Rick Smith posits that long-term career success is contingent on harnessing the power of social media. This is based on the theory that every person has two social circles consisting of “strong” and “weak” ties.

Effective Team Management Doesn’t Have to be Spooky

  
  
  
Strong Team Dynamic

"Light as a feather, stiff as a board."

You could hear the little girlies chanting this as the Plague swept across 17th century London. Corpses lined the cobblestone streets like the angel of death knocked door-to-door; a restless, lonely ghost selfishly claiming companions. The girls knelt around a lifeless body as they solemnly chanted, fingertips lightly pressing against the back of their motionless friend, levitating her off the ground as if possessed by a spirit in a childish séance. “Light as a feather, stiff as a board.” As Halloween approaches it is not unlikely that your own children play this game, repeating the incantation at their slumber parties, lifting their friends off the ground in the flickering candlelight. But are they trying to “summon spirits,” or simply demonstrating a strong team dynamic?

Peter Drucker on Effectively Managing Knowledge Workers

  
  
  
Peter Drucker

In an essay published by the Harvard Business Review in 1992, Peter Drucker wrote that “Every few hundred years throughout Western history, a sharp transformation has occurred.” He went on to say that in this time we are the “first society in which ‘honest work’ does not mean a calloused hand. This is far more than a social change. It is a change in the human condition.” Drucker foresaw that increasing the productivity of knowledge workers—those whose main capital is knowledge—was “the most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century,” and yet so few organizations seem to effectively manage their approach to the future in regard to this increasingly important human asset. In another article posted by HBR, six aspects are offered to more effectively run an organization of knowledge workers:

Leadership Development & HR's Ebola Plan: What’s Hot in HR

  
  
  
Leadership development

Tim Sackett recently wrote a guest blog for us. Let’s see what else he’s written this week:

A Foot in the Mouth and a Foot in the Door: Women in the Workplace

  
  
  
Women in the Workplace

By now you’ve probably heard about the remarks made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a conference celebrating women in the workplace and their achievements in computing at Harvey Mudd College in Phoenix, Arizona. He said “It’s not really about [women] asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the raise as you go along.” He continued to say, “That, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, women who don’t ask for a raise have. Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust. That’s the kind of person that I really want to give more responsibility to. And in the long-term efficiency, things catch up.”

3 Ways to Spot Burn Out in the Workplace

  
  
  
Productivity

Employee disengagement is an epidemic, right? After all, seven out of every eight workers worldwide are actively disengaged, according to a Gallup poll. But what if they’re not disengaged, simply burnt out. If employees are acting disengaged because they’re burned out, it’s because they’ve been working too hard—they’re stressed because they’ve been working too hard. No matter how much an employee loves their job or stays engaged, stress can manifest itself as burn out, which in turn looks like disengagement.

Why Leadership Development Fails (and How to Make it a Success)

  
  
  
Leadership Development

Leadership development is a simple concept—any activity that enhances the quality of leadership within an organization. However, this loose definition of the term is why the action often fails to produce results.

5 Reasons You Aren’t Getting Hired

  
  
  
Human Resources

Guest Blog: Tim Sackett

I’ve been in the talent acquisition and HR game going on 20 years. I’ve interviewed and hired thousands of people in my career. I’ve watched entry level hires turn into great leaders and executives. I’ve watched employees I’ve fired for poor performance become hugely successful after leaving our organization. I’ve seen my best talent leave me, to only get fired from their next position, and come crawling back asking for a job.

This hiring thing is a crazy business. 



Stalking Employees, Killing Productivity: How to End Micromanagement

  
  
  
Micromanagement

I came across a creepy blog post this chilly October morning. It was written by Richard Brittain, author and champion of Countdown (a British game show involving word and number puzzles). The title of the post is “The Benevolent Stalker,” and it regales Brittain’s attempts to woo a girl, first asking her to join him on the BBC University Challenge team, and later actively and obsessively pursuing her to the point of madness. When he followed her to her workplace, conflict ensued.

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