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2020

Measuring Productivity in the Remote Revolution, Part 2

We are all hearing the amusing stories about the realities of working from home. For many, it is a bit chaotic, especially when spouses, kids and even pets are underfoot. The reality is that working remotely comes with its own unique set of challenges while managing performance matters more now than ever before. While everyone is making allowances for work-space issues, because of Covid, long-term managers will need to find new ways to monitor employee attendance and activity as well as achievement and results if telecommuting is going to continue full force after a Coronavirus vaccine is developed. So how should companies measure productivity and results in the remote revolution? Continue reading

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Measuring Productivity in the Remote Revolution, Part 1

Managing performance matters more now than ever before. For many companies, bottom lines are leaner as Covid continues to hinder the economy. And, a massive rise in remote workers means managers must not only find new ways to monitor employee attendance and activity but also – more importantly — measure achievement. After all, busy is not synonymous with beneficial. Present doesn’t mean profitable. Action does not equal achievement. And engagement does not always generate earnings. So why is maintaining a telecommuting workforce so challenging and how should companies measure productivity and results in the remote revolution? Continue reading

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Having an Attitude of Gratitude Even in Tough Times – Part 2

Situations that call for gratitude and appreciation come in all sizes, from small gestures to life-changing acts. Depending on the situation, we must find the right way to express gratitude. The bigger the gesture, the harder it is to find the right words. Often it feels like words fail so we say nothing. But, expressing gratitude is a critically-important task everyone should practice. It not only increases happiness, reinforces social bonds and boosts confidence of the person expressing gratitude, but it also helps the body and contributes to long-term success. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Having an Attitude of Gratitude Even in Tough Times – part 1

One needn’t look very far to find a multitude of things about which to worry or gripe. Reasons for dissatisfaction abound. Unemployment. Bankruptcies. Fires. Pandemic. Politics. Riots. So talking about having an attitude of gratitude at times like this might seem absurd or contrived. But it is precisely during such tough times that counting blessings and being grateful for what we have is most important. Want to be happier? Start by being more grateful. Continue reading

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Courageous Leadership: Spotting and Developing Potential – Part 2

Courage is unlikely to be the first skill listed when discussing great leaders. But it is a key skill for spotting and developing potential, which is fundamentally what a leader is supposed to do. And – given the current economic turmoil and uncertainty and the increasingly fast pace at which the world is changing — it is an invaluable skill for every business leader today. So what does it take to develop the kind of courage needed to succeed in business today? Continue reading

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Courageous Leadership: The #1 Skill for Times of Great Change and Turmoil – Part 1

When asked about the skills of a leader, seldom is the word ‘courage’ mentioned. To describe leadership, we usually hear words like: driven, visionary, humble, self-aware, decisive, inspirational, honest, steadfast, good listener, motivator, passionate, positive and focused. And, when it comes to leadership in business, courage is almost never on the list of skills that great leaders possess. In fact, courage is thought of more as a character trait – the ‘either you’ve got it or you don’t’ kind – than a skill that can be learned and cultivated. And yet, courage is arguably the most valuable, learnable skill needed in leaders today. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Staying Positive When Bad Things Happen – Part 2

Using a Setback as a Springboard to Success

Bad things happen to good people. And when it does, it can feel like a disaster. For example, for most people, hearing the words ‘we’re going to have to let you go’ feels like a gut punch. But it doesn’t have to feel that way. What if that so-called “bad thing” was just the gateway to something much better? It would be so much easier to view a “rejection” as a “redirection” to something better, and used it as an educational experience and fuel for future success.  Continue reading

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Staying Positive When Bad Things Happen – Part 1

Bad things happen, even to good people. And, it can seem like a catastrophe when things go wrong — like the loss of a job, an account or a business — especially through no fault or wrongdoing. But, even if it seems like the end of the world, it’s usually not. In fact, for many, going through a big trial often leads to something even better down the road. Here are some inspiring stories of some people who had big career setbacks and went on to greatness. Read more. Continue reading

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The Value of Plan B

Business managers are expected to plan their weeks, months and quarters. VPs and Directors create department plans for the year ahead. And business owners and C-Suite execs will even create five-year plans. But planning always involves guesstimates and assumptions and never includes a crystal ball. So what happens when Plan A goes awry? What is a business exec to do when the best laid plans go down the economic drain… or get blown away by Mother nature… or get put on viral life support… what then? That’s when Plan B comes in handy. Does your department, division or company have a Plan B…or more than one? Continue reading

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The Power of Podcasting, Part 4

Promoting a Podcast Properly

Plan. Record. Publish…. Wait, not so fast. For companies that have decided to enter the world of podcasting (as a marketing strategy), there is typically a deep urgency to start publishing podcasts right away. But to have the most successful podcast possible, there is a need to plan promotion efforts carefully prior to launch. After all, you don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression. Here are some tried and tested tips for promoting a new podcast program. Continue reading

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