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Articles by Emilie Shoop

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    June 17, 2015

    It’s OK to Close the Door

    Let everyone know what your closed door means.

    With all the push for open communication, and an inviting environment in the workplace, there is a lot of pressure for the first time leader to always be available.  I want to let you in on a secret that is not shared very often nowadays…It’s OK to close the door.  There is a lot of work for you to get done in the leadership role, even though you are managing those who are doing the work.   Some of my clients get themselves so overwhelmed and overworked because they never get...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on June 17, 2015

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    March 25, 2015

    Are you getting the most out of your leadership?

    Now is the time for your leadership to step up and help you.

    When you are a manager or a leader for the first time, there is so much emphasis put on how you will lead your team.  What are you doing to engage and empower your employees?  How are you managing your budget?  Is the work getting done?  How do you manage your time?  How do you plan for vacation and sick leave?   Those are all very important as you ramp up and continue your journey as a leader.  However, I have a different question for you today.   Are you...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 25, 2015

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    March 10, 2015

    Emotional Intelligence as a New Leader

    4 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

    Many studies have been performed showing us that your EQ (Emotional Quotient) is a better predictor for your success in business and life than your IQ.  What we have also found over the years is that you can work to grow your EQ over time.  Your Emotional Intelligence as a new leader gets tested almost immediately.  Continuing to work on improving not only your Emotional Intelligence, but the EI of your team will greatly improve the results of your team.   One client of mine had begun...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 10, 2015

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    February 27, 2015

    3 Easy Steps to Create a Communication Plan

    How much is the right amount of communication?

    When we move into leadership roles or as teams change, the biggest struggle is often figuring out how to communicate with each other.  We all know that we should communicate more.  We all know how important communication is to have a successful team.  Yet, somehow good communication seems to elude even the most seasoned leaders.   As a new leader, you will definitely succeed faster the sooner you have communication flowing on your new team.  Through working with clients and in my...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on February 27, 2015

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    February 3, 2015

    What’s the Big Picture?

    3 Steps to get you and your team up to speed.

    When you move into a supervisor or managerial role for the first time, typically you have been doing the work in your business or organization.  You have been making the widgets.  You have been selling the widgets.  You have been supporting the users of the widgets.   As you move into your new role, one skill to learn to help you become even more successful as a leader is to understand “what’s the big picture”.  The more you lead with the big picture in mind,...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 3, 2015

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    January 2, 2015

    What Are You Focusing On In 2015?

    How have you developed as a leader this last year?

    Now that 2014 has come to a close and 2015 is upon us, we start to do a lot of planning.  It is also a great time for reflection.  As a new manager, what are you focusing on in 2015?   There are plenty of business areas that you will need to focus on for sure.  How about your leadership skills?  How have you developed as a leader this year?  Did you just take on the role of leader, or have you been at it for a while now?   Reflect on 2014 Take a step back and look...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 2, 2015

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    October 20, 2014

    Before You Blaze A Trail, Ask

    One of the greatest assets to an organization is a new leader.

    One of my clients had recently promoted someone to a manager for the first time.  Now instead of doing the work alongside her colleagues, she was in charge.  She seemed more than capable and more than willing to step into this new role.   Things started off pretty well as she found her groove with her new team.  Everything seemed on track.  Then she began to make changes to the team.   As the new leader, she had many, many ideas on how to improve the processes and...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on October 20, 2014

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    October 8, 2014

    3 Little Changes that will Make a Big Difference With Your Feedback

    Follow these simple tips to accelerate your results.

    "I want your feedback"   We all say it.  We all think we want it.  We all are surprised when we don’t hear anything.   According to dictionary.com feedback can be defined as “a reaction or response to a particular process or activity” and taken further to “evaluative information derived from such a reaction or response.”  I was surprised at how simple, yet not really helpful the definition was.  We always think of feedback being a lot more...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on October 8, 2014

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    July 16, 2014

    Team Building for Two

    How to Conduct Team Building Activities for Small Teams

    Sometimes when an organization is growing or going through changes, the team you may be the new supervisor or manager of includes yourself and only one other person.  Many leaders I’ve seen in this position tend to think that team building, good communication skills, or policies and procedures don’t really apply to them.  Since they are so small, I can see why it might seem like that is the case.  However, no matter how small your team may be, it’s always important to be...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on July 16, 2014

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    July 2, 2014

    First Line Managers Set the Tone for Team Culture

    Don't Make This Silly Mistake With Your Culture

    First time supervisors or managers are at the mercy of the organization as a whole when it comes to creating a great team culture to work in.    Wrong!    The biggest, silliest mistake I see new leaders making is:   Thinking they have nothing to do with the culture That they can’t make a difference That their job is to just keep doing things the way they have always been done.   From large studies like Gallup Polls, to many smaller surveys through job...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on July 2, 2014

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