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Six Leadership Tips for Setting the Example

Effective leadership is leading by example.

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”

-Albert Einstein 

In order to be an effective leader, you must be able to influence those under you. Otherwise, there is no action to your leadership abilities. You’ll never have the respect of your subordinates if you say one thing and act another. You must set the example, no matter how difficult it may seem. This is how it’s done.

Everyday Threats and Motivators of Employee Productivity

What helps and what hurts employee productivity

Have you noticed a slump in office productivity lately? Or  wonder how to achieve a greater output at the end of the work week? Low levels of employee productivity may be the barrier standing in the way of reaching these optimal results. Read on to learn about the threats and motivators that effect employee productivity.

Employee Engagement Falls in 2015

Employee engagement is dropping in US.

A recent Gallup survey found that employee engagement levels in America fell to an average of 31.7 percent in March, down from 32.9 percent in February. According to the report, “The recent drop in employee engagement follows a three-year average high on the measure in February. Employee engagement has only surpassed 33 percent twice since Gallup began its daily survey. At its peak, the rate of U.S. employee engagement reached 33.8 percent in March 2011, followed by 33.6 percent in January 2012.”

Should More Women in the Workplace be a Requirement?

Should women in the workplace be a requirement?

In Germany, women in the workforce received a big legal bump—it is now a law that large German companies give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women. Germany is not the first European nation to pass such a requirement. Norway passed a similar law in 2008, and currently has the highest ratio of women to men, coming in at 35.5 percent female board members. The global progress for more women in the workplace to hold executive seats has been relatively slow—an increase by 1.7 percent since 2009—and most of that progress has been in Europe.

GPS for Employee Success

Employee success

Have you ever been lost or unsure of which direction to take? We have all been there at one time or another, so luckily, we have smart phones that give us the GPS capability to find our destination on a map, and provide us with an alternative route if there’s too much traffic. In today’s technologically advanced world, it seems nearly impossible to get lost on your way to the new coffee shop across town or to your first job interview with a new company. GPS technology hasn’t only  improved our personal lives, but it has also contributed significantly to our work lives and employee success.

90% of Top Performing Employees Have This Trait

Managing Stress at Work

Stress – we all experience it, and it’s virtually impossible to escape. Unfortunately, stress can cause a number of serious physical and emotional health conditions, and the list of negative effects is a rather long one. As lengthy as that list may be, there’s one more stress-induced effect that you should be aware of, especially if you are an employer. A study by Yale found that stress deteriorates the part of our brain that enables self-control. Once this area of the brain has deteriorated due to stress, it becomes more difficult to manage it in the future. Initially, most of us probably don’t see a strong connection between this finding and the workplace, which makes the correlation even more surprising.

Want to be Talented? Get Motivated.

Andrew Carnegie on talent and productivity.

Productivity is all about motivation in regard to talent. Talent is performance without the effort. If two people share the same level of motivation, the more talented person will perform better, ultimately exhibiting more productivity. Along that same line, a person with more talent will experience the same productivity with less effort as someone with less talent. “So the main point of talent is to account for people’s motivation,” according to an article from Fast Company. If someone said “You’re not trying hard enough,” the implication is that your performance and productivity are being exceeded by your talent—that you could potentially be doing better. Taking context into account), talent and motivation drive productivity and performance.

The Case against Teamwork

Can the ability to work alone better than teamwork?

“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.”

-Pablo Picasso

At the risk of committing HR heresy, I’d like to contend that teamwork is overrated—in fact, at times, undesirable. Hear me out. In an article from the Huffington Post, Jennifer Dziura writes about a hiring manager friend of hers who could not find an executive-level job candidate without solid teamwork abilities—she wanted someone who could work independently. The conversations went something like this:

How to Deal With (and Develop) a Bad Boss


“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”
― Peter F. Drucker

Many of us have worked with a bad boss in our lifetime. The micro-manager, the yeller,  the softy, the one who’s never there, and the boss who takes all the credit for your work. I worked for a person years ago (let’s call him John) that would scribble tiny notes on post-it notes, and get frustrated with me for not being able to read  his illegible handwriting. John would even call me at obscene early morning hours to tell me something that he needed to be reminded of the next day.

10 Quick Networking Tips

Improve your networking skills.

The idea of networking can conjure up images of shameless self-promotion and false, overly-rehearsed platitudes. But the truth of the matter is, networking can have serious, mutual benefits for both yourself and the people you meet. It’s not about talking too much about yourself or kissing up to the most important person in the room—it’s about building strong relationships. These ten tips can help even the most ardent networking-haters capitalize on their individual strengths when it comes to networking.

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