Creating a Corporate Culture and Making it Work

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Corporate culture.  It’s the kind of thing that companies too often only talk about but do little in the way of action.  Establishing a culture and keeping it running are too often not taken very seriously. One of the reasons culture may get short shrift is because of its nebulous kind of nature.  Trying to… Read more »

Realistic Optimism

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A lot of self-help books and motivational speakers have a simple message when it comes to optimism – if you believe in yourself, then you will achieve success.  But there is one problem with this little mantra, according to psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson – it’s not true. The focus on achieving success almost effortlessly, if… Read more »

The Importance of Setting Small Goals When Working Toward Large Goals

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When you are facing a really big, complex challenge, it may look impossible to achieve. But before becoming too discouraged, the best course to take may be to break the project down into a series of small tasks, to make it more manageable. Each task then has a specific, achievable goal. By doing this, you… Read more »

Praise or Criticism: Which is Better for Changing Employee Performance?

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When managers give performance reviews, they sometimes praise, but they usually offer criticism, looking more often at the things that employees did wrong, or where they fell short. That is only natural – it’s something we all do.  And many believe that criticism leads to better performance than praise.  After a critical review, an employee’s… Read more »

Helping Your Employees Reach Their Potential

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How can you as a leader help your employees realize their capabilities? Here are a few ideas from one business analyst. 1) Perhaps one of the most important things to do is listen.  Listen to your employees’ ideas, and to their career goals and aspirations.  You may not have the same opinion that they do… Read more »

Work, Money and Success

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The pursuit of wealth is something we are all actively engaged in – after all, it’s part of what we define as the American Dream.  Yet, all too often we see news stories about people whose lust for wealth leads them to do stupid, unethical and even criminal things. Some of the more well-known stories… Read more »

Wisdom and Leadership

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In the uncertain and fast-changing world in which we live, business executives are especially challenged.  They need to keep up with new technology, demographic changes, and rapidly changing economic conditions. Another area presenting a big challenge to leaders is in that of values and ethics.  With short-term thinking dominating the business climate, looking at the… Read more »

Why HR Professionals Should Participate in Social Media

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If you haven’t started participating on one or more of the social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) you’re missing out on a terrific way to communicate with potential candidates and the public at large. In fact, the days of choosing not to be on Facebook or Twitter may fast be ending because a recent… Read more »

Best Practices for Orientating Temporary Staff

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When you need to bring temporary workers on board at your company, here are some tips to help you get the most out of them while they are on assignment with you. 1) Before you ever bring a temporary staffer to your department, make sure all the people who will be working with the individual… Read more »

Ethical Business Practices: Is Your Company One of the “Good Guys”?

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Enron. Worldcom. The Wall Street meltdown. These are all some of the more noteworthy examples of corporate skullduggery, a lack of regard of and concern for ethical behavior. But some business experts see these examples as the exception more than the rule.  There are thousands of companies with millions of employees who do the right… Read more »