Most people accept that setting and achieving goals are a key driver of success. However, goal obsession can lead to exactly the opposite. If you are so obsessed with achieving one goal, you often overlook the bigger vision. You win the battle but lose the war.
A happy, eager employee is often the factor to tip the scales in your favor when there’s another job opportunity on the horizon, or when a client is a tough one to handle – a satisfied team member will always deliver their best performance.
Praise is often underused and undervalued as a way of giving feedback, yet it has considerable potential to improve performance. Feedback and praise can be same thing; praise is feedback but feedback isn’t always about giving praise.
The top two reasons a start-up fails to become profitable is poor management and inadequate financing. Not having a business plan, ill trained employees, a bad location, poor customer service and even fraud can all contribute to a start-ups failure to gain momentum and become profitable.
Ever been to a meeting that dragged on forever and you couldn’t wait for it to end. You come away feeling, “Well that was a big waste of time and effort.” Consider the hourly rate of everyone who attends a meeting. This is a hidden cost most managers don’t think about.
Conflict in meetings is not always a bad thing. It can be exciting and energizing especially when it comes to new and innovative discussions. However, when not controlled, conflict can disrupt important initiatives and cause a major breakdown in teamwork.
It’s easy for new managers and leaders to get caught up with the trappings of leadership because they gain power, confidence and control. This can also be their undoing as an effective leader.
We all encounter this relative power level called a power gradient every time you interact with others. There are times you feel powerful, and other times you feel intimidated. You don’t need a corner office or hold an important job title to use your power to get things done.
You would think being appointed to a management role that managers were qualified in leadership skills. They are told “you are a manager now – go manage’ without the necessary training and support to succeed.
Everyone experiences conflict in the workplace at some point. By understanding what causes conflicts to happen will help you find ways to resolve the conflicts amicably.