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How to Prepare for Difficult Conversations with Longtime Employees

You and your longtime employees have gone through a lot together. You’ve developed a special bond as the company evolved, and you might even hang out together on the weekends. What if one of these individuals began underperforming or acting dishonestly? Would you feel uncomfortable confronting him or her about it? As evidenced by Wells Fargo’s recent scandal, company leaders of all types struggle to address this scenario. In fact, more than one-third of managers admit to shrinking away from giving direct feedback to employees when they anticipate a negative reaction. … Read More»

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The Importance of Promoting Personal Growth in Your Employees

Some leaders believe that helping employees achieve professional growth will simultaneously help them grow in their personal lives as well. In reality, however, this is a misconception that will send the wrong message to a staff. While professional growth and personal growth are both equally crucial to encourage; it’s important to draw a clear distinction between the two. Professional growth opportunities help employees excel at their jobs, while personal growth opportunities help employees find more balance and fulfillment in their everyday lives…. Read More»

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Your Need to Control Is Killing Your Team

When I was a young CEO, my biggest fear was disappointing those who believed in me. So, I compensated by working crazy hours and overseeing every single minute detail of my company. It didn’t take long for me to see the red flags of my actions: I was burnt out, my team was unhappy, and employees were quitting at an alarming rate. I wasn’t micromanaging because I had cruel intentions; I was simply afraid of failing…. Read More»

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