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5 Planning Tips for Meetings in the Matrix

Complaints about meetings are familiar. You know the list: too long, unproductive, costly since they absorb employee time that could be spent cranking on projects, unfocused, etc. While ensuring meetings are productive has always been a challenge, today’s matrixed environments, … Continue reading

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Orienting Digital Natives at Work

These Digital Natives, so called because they’ve grown up in the age of the Internet, digital gadgets and cell phones, are ahead of the game compared to generations that have preceded them in terms of techno-savvy. However some important skills they need in the business environment have become diluted if not decimated altogether in the course of their digital immersion. Continue reading

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6 Tips to Audit Manager Effectiveness

How do you know managers in your organization are effective? Though the obvious way to assess a manager is through the results his or her team accomplishes there’s a risk in only monitoring results. A team could reach its own goals yet not provide needed deliverables to other departments, i.e. internal customers. Or a team could achieve its goals but leave team members feeling used, abused and unmotivated. So what should you look for in determining manager effectiveness? Continue reading

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5 Tips for Growing Tech Managers

According to the article, some inherent reasons tech companies fail to develop effective leaders include the speed of the industry’s growth along with the talent it draws, e.g. young techies with backgrounds in science and engineering. Despite the obstacles, the savvy tech company can build effective management teams. Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: 5 Tips for Effective Delegation

Imagine a juggler with so many balls in the air that it becomes impossible to maintain the act. One by one the balls drop, because the “act” is simply unsustainable. This is the manager who doesn’t delegate. Conversely, consider the … Continue reading

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New Employee Orientation: Sleep, Weep or Reap?

By Marla Rosner, Principal, InstillLeadership New employee orientations seem a bit “ho-hum”? If so, you’re not alone in your thinking. Reviewing personnel policies and procedures is a bore for both employer and employee. So let’s reconsider what the goals of … Continue reading

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Bridging Strategy and Execution

By Marla Rosner, Principal, InstillLeadership “We spent a week off-site to formulate our strategic plan, and six months later, nobody’s using it!” Execution Pollution Whether you spent a week away with your management team or several sessions behind closed doors … Continue reading

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Long Distance Delegation: Do’s & Don’ts

By Marla Rosner, Principal, InstillLeadership Managing a far-flung team is increasingly the norm these days. Though a daily affair, delegating from a distance has a unique set of pitfalls. How do you know if those to whom you’re delegating “get … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: The Dreaded Performance Problem Talk

By Marla Rosner, Principal InstillLeadership Though countless surveys say that public speaking is at the top of our list of fears, I contend that for those who manage people, there’s a different dread: talking to a direct report about a … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: How to Ask for Help

By Marla Rosner, Principal Instill Leadership Welcome to management. One hopes you received a nice boost in pay, even in this dreadful economy, since your responsibilities have been ratcheted up several degrees if you’ve been promoted. If you’re like most … Continue reading

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