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Which Employee Efficiencies Most Improve Productivity?

Time management graphic Oil rig workers, executive management teams, production line managers, all need to find ways to manage a day better, and find more time for tasks and leadership functions. Recent research done by WebTorials finds that 70% of a typical employee’s day is spent communicating with other humans. Seems like honing interpesonal skills might reap significant rewards! Click through to find out more.

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When Motivating Employees, Do Words Get In the Way?

How you express yourself impacts how well listeners receive what you say. And in many instances, business-speak shorthand can confuse matters rather than present ideas clearly. Let's see how "goals," "Big Idea" and "strategy" can swap roles inadvertently, with the help of the Strategy& blog.

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Misguided Advice from Monster about Aspiring to a Leadership Role

Leaders are made, not born, and we believe anyone can lead if given the support and latitude to learn on the job. So when we saw an article on Monster.com that gave advice about what behavioral attributes you might have that would disqualify you from winning a management role, we had to say "not so fast!" The only hurdle to stepping up into management is your own lack of desire to acquire the skills you need. Everything else is learnable.

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Leadership Lessons for the Ides of March

Today is the Ides of March, and if you know your Shakespeare, you know this date is permanently tied to the tragic story of Julius Caesar, the Roman leader who famously failed to include his professional peers in his empire-building plans, and then compounded his error by ignoring clear warning signs that his decision-making was leading him to disaster. Are you headed for an "Ides of March" at work?

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Our Foundations of Excellence Refresher

Every so often we find it useful to reconnect with our own Foundations of Excellence Leadership Philosophy, to re-engage ourselves with productive leadership mindsets that foster the aligned, passionate action you and your team need to achieve your goals. Do you pursue the truth, build unshakable trust and focus your communication on what counts most? You should!

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What Prevents Teamwork From Adding Value?

The standard belief about teamwork is that people working together on a common task can achieve much more than each could toiling individually. Why doesn’t that always work out? We can all recall examples of teams that have floundered around dysfunctionally and failed to produce as much as each team member may have done working on their own. What team dynamics drive such disasters? Let's explore the classic impediments to team success, because the path to removing the impediments runs through understanding which issues are holding up your team.

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