longtime employees

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»

sabotage

How To Sabotage Your Ideas and Influence (Part Two)

You have a great idea which you know will be successful. Now you need to get buy-in from others to bring it to reality. While everyone possesses the ability to influence others to some degree, if you aren’t careful, you just may sabotage your own idea before it even gets off the ground. We started this list of influence sabotage traps in part one of this article…. Read More»

recognizing employees

Why Are You Recognizing Employees in the First Place?

Many companies and organizations set themselves up with recognition and reward programs aimed at recognizing employees without putting thought behind why they do so. To quote Simon Sinek from his thought-provoking book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action: “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate […] Read moreRead More»

influence

How To Sabotage Your Ideas and Influence (Part One)

You already know that launching and developing a good idea takes massive amounts of influence. Many fantastic ideas lie on the ash heap of history merely because someone couldn’t influence others to adopt the idea. But you may not realize that you might be sabotaging your own idea and influence. Often, the selling of an idea was actually sabotaged by the creator because he or she hadn’t developed the skills to persuade others to give credence to the idea…. Read More»

respect

Managing Your Boss: Establishing Trust and Respect

Most bosses are really good at identifying your areas of possible improvement, but typically they are really bad at identifying their areas of possible improvement. So how do we help our boss take a good look in the mirror? This is a big topic, too big to be discussed to completion in a single blog post. But the overarching themes throughout should be Trust and Respect…. Read More»

international business

4 Translation Apps to Ease International Business Communication

English is generally viewed as the international business language, but that doesn’t mean you can coast on the expectation that everyone speaks it. Learning a few phrases in the local language shows respect for your associates and their culture and can serve as a great icebreaker. As the world becomes more globalized, however, many companies may expect you to have skills in more than one language (or at least the tenacity to find language support in foreign markets).
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constructive feedback

How to Give Constructive Feedback to Your Employees [Infographic]

Human beings are complicated machines, and when something isn’t working right there’s no hard-and-fast method to fix us. When you’re results-driven and time is scarce, dealing with an employee who’s made a mistake or is consistently under-performing can be a daunting task. Naturally, you want a quick fix, but going at the problem with a hammer when soft skills and an evolved company culture are what’s needed can prove more costly than doing it right in the first place. … Read More»

one-on-one meetings

How To Create Healthier One-On-One Meetings [Infographic]

Everyone is busy. And when people are too busy, the most necessary step to developing a strong organization often falls by the wayside. One-on-one meetings are a necessary step to fostering a strong organization. Yet, with busy managers and employees, the meetings are sometimes overlooked. Quantum Workplace, a company with an employee feedback platform designed to […] Read moreRead More»

team efforts

Team Efforts: Smooth Dancing or Stepping on Toes?

How coordinated are team efforts in your organization? Do team members gracefully engage, solving problems and supporting each other, or are their interactions messy, frustrating, or even chaotic? Recent experiences have shed light on the latter, in many organizations. Some of the most glaring have been on a very different stage… literally…. Read More»

Negotiation Techniques That Never Fail [Infographic]

Pro-active listening is just one such technique for more effective negotiating, but for many it’s the gateway to a new form of positive compromise. To tune up the other aspects of your technique, be sure to check out this new infographic which identifies and explains seven effective tools to boost anyone’s game, from business beginner to seasoned entrepreneur…. Read More»

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