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Goal Setting Forms

Goal Setting Forms

Goal Setting Forms

Goal setting forms are extremely useful:

  • To keep your priorities straight
  • To help you focus on results rather than on the process
  • To keep track of your own progress
  • To effectively manage the performance of your direct reports
  • To help you to stay on course with the overall business’ alignment

If your company uses a specific Goal Setting Form, I highly suggest you use it.

But if you company doesn't ask you to follow a specific Form, then, I suggest you use the most e…

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Employee Engagement News

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Employee Engagement News

These employee engagement news are from authoritative sources around the web.

Although these articles might have been written several months / years ago, most of their team leadership competencies and people management principles are timeless and universal.

Enjoy!  


Employee Engagement News 


Here's How to Hack Your Brain for Greater Creativity, According to Neuroscience

Need to be creative? Begin by improving your mood 


How to Be a Leader Who Stays True t…

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Effective Workplace Communication

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Effective Workplace Communication 

Introduction 

You know you accomplished effective workplace communication when ALL your direct reports clearly understand, 1) what your team is about (mission), 2) how they are expected to behave (values), 3) where you are heading (vision), 4) how they will get there (strategy), 5) what they are supposed to accomplish (goals), and 6) how their individual contributions matter (roles & responsibilities).

Workplace communicatio…

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Value Based Leadership

Value Based Leadership

Value Based Leadership 

Introduction 

Why value-based leadership? 

I have personally worked with thousands of managers, and most of them weren’t aware about the essential, foundational, and uppermost importance of Values.

Values are indispensable in the success of any organization—small and big—like your family, your team, your company, your country, etc.

Values are at the root of the success of the team you lead.

This is why you must make them explicit.

Here I talk about:

  1. Definition

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Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination 

Introduction

My focus on wrongful termination is from the management/leadership perspective—not from the legal perspective (this website is for managers and leaders, not for lawyers).

For the most part, wrongful termination happens when the manager doesn’t have enough performance management dexterity (when dismissal is a consequence of the direct supervisor’s performance management insufficient competencies). 

Here I will cover:

  • Waiting too long
  • Not waiting long eno…

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Sample Vision Statements

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Sample Vision Statements 

Introduction

These sample vision statements will help you get inspired. 

Writing vision statements is relatively easy – what is NOT easy is …

  • To use your Vision as a leadership tool
  • To have your Vision promote change in the desired direction
  • To align your entire workforce’s behaviors with your Vision

Fact: The essence of your leadership is change

No matter what your job is, you must ALWAYS show to your direct reports a compelling vision to give them directio…

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Performance Management Forms

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Introduction

Performance management forms help you keep track of your own behaviors concerning the things you are doing and not doing to improve the performance of your direct reports.

I do NOT recommend you buy off-the-shelf generic performance management forms, because they do not necessarily tie in with the particular circumstances of your organization.

Here I offer you a checklist to consider, to build your own performance management forms.  

Performance Management Forms Checklist

  1. You…

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Quotes about Change

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Quotes about Change

Introduction

Use these quotes about change before, during, and/or after a change initiative—or any time for that matter (these quotes are timeless).

Quotes about Change

“It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.”
Mignon McLaughlin

“If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.”
Kurt Lewin

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on t…

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Performance Appraisal Management

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Performance Appraisal Management 

Introduction

OK Capitan “obvious” here, but I don't care if I am being redundant: You MUST always use your company’s performance appraisal management system—always.

And no matter what performance appraisal management system you use (a lot of companies are moving away from the yearly or by-yearly performance appraisal ritual), I strongly suggest you use these nine simple and common sense—yet powerful—guidelines:

9 Guidelines

1) Provide feedback all year long…

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Southwest Airlines Employee Motivation

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Southwest Airlines Employee Motivation

Introduction 

The Southwest Airlines employee motivation phenomenon is no accident – this company is a well-oiled, high performance organization.

Wikipedia mentions these three facts:

  • Southwest Airlines (SWA) is one of the world's most profitable airlines, posting a profit for the 36th consecutive year in January 2009.
  • SWA is the largest airline in the United States by number of passengers carried domestically per year (as of December 31, 2007)
  • SWA …

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