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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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    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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    November 24, 2014

    The Most Important and Most Overlooked Part of Your Job

    Three Questions Senior Managers Should be Asking

    Senior Managers prepare strategic plans, grow market share, increase profits, innovate, execute, acquire, consolidate and expand in order to build the business.   Shareholders reward senior managers who are successful business builders, as measured by quarterly and annual performance. C-Suite executives (and those who aspire to fill those seats) focus intensely on the bottom line and make decisions to improve short-term profitability.    Building the business all too often becomes an...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Management on November 24, 2014

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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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    September 3, 2014

    Demonstrating Leadership during Tough Times

    How to Inspire Others When the Odds Are Against You

    Times are tough, and they’re only getting tougher. As the Center for Creative Leadership says, we live in a VUCA world, surrounded by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. It’s not easy to inspire others when there are so many variables working against us.   Nevertheless, this is what leaders are expected to do. When leaders fail to inspire during times of adversity, followers drift and the strength of unity is lost within an organization. Defeated leaders lose their...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Management on September 3, 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 10, 2014

    Working With Millennials: Turn Your Frustration Into Results

    Are you struggling with how to lead and manage Millennials?

    Recently I was walking through the lobby of my office building when I overheard a mother at the reception desk encouraging her twenty-something year old son about an impending job interview.  The mother said, “Look her in the eyes, sit up straight and believe you can get this job! They need someone as amazing as you. Text me once you come out, and I will bring the car to the front door."   Minutes later that same son was introduced to me as the interview candidate for a new position we...Continue reading

    By Jayne JenkinsPosted in Management on July 10, 2014

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    July 7, 2014

    Leading in a VUCA World

    Management Challenges in the New Age

    In the good old days (or so they tell me), senior managers could thoroughly research an issue and deliberate on the pros and cons before reaching a sound decision. Those decisions became precedents, clearly defining a path and eliminating the guesswork. The pace of change was measured, controlled by the leader’s preferences and the team’s capacity and capabilities. Those days are gone forever. The Center for Creative Leadership has coined a new term – VUCA – to describe the...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Management on July 7, 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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