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Ask, Don’t Tell – Coaching through Facilitation

History has taught us that one of the main responsibilities of a manager is to answer employees’ questions. Of course, this seems like a noble gesture. And it could be necessary when employees don’t have the needed information. But in reality, true empowerment comes from helping employees learn where to find or figure out what they need. And that comes from facilitation.

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Executive Decision Rights…More Than Delegation

Bottlenecks. Every company has them. What we don’t think about is the cost of each and every one of them. But think about it…the time it takes to elevate decisions and get all of the information from those who know, communicate the response, and perhaps justify it, all while doing other responsibilities takes too long and can be costly. The cost is more than just time itself; it’s an increase in frustration and a decline of motivation.

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Increase Productivity: Slowing Down to Speed Up

I recently listened to an interview with Mario Andretti. When asked his best advice to business leaders, his response caught my attention. It was a way to increase productivity. He responded, “Slow down so you can speed up.”

Now you might be thinking that makes no sense. That doesn’t really apply to business.

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Drama Carriers: Do you know one?

Oh my, gosh!  The drama!

Every once in a while, we’ll be working with a team and they will proclaim their frustration with the ‘drama’ in their workplace. You know…people blaming others without knowing the whole story. Talking about how others are wrong and don’t get it. The back and forth emails that don’t resolve anything. Copying everyone in the world on emails to prove just how ‘right’ they are. Snide comments between co-workers.

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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

What is your job title? Does it include the word leader? Maybe…maybe not. We don’t usually call leaders by name. But in some way or another, you probably are. No matter your position, whether you are an intern, project manager, supervisor, executive, or administrative assistant, you can be a leader.

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10 Ways to Give Awful Feedback

A crucial part of every manager’s job is giving feedback. Positive feedback when employees are meeting expectations, and constructive feedback when they have things to work on. But let’s face it, giving feedback isn’t easy, and when the feedback isn’t so great, it can be pretty uncomfortable too. So here’s a thought…why not give crappy feedback? Then, no one will want to hear from you, and your superiors won’t expect you to continue doing it… Winning! But, you can’t just become crappy at it overnight. It takes practice and discipline to prove just how terrible you can be!

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Should the business stay in the family?

This is a question that most business founders must face at some point in their lives. Family business planning is the process of selecting and preparing the right person to lead the family firm into the future. The average life of a family-owned business is about 24 years, usually ending when the owner/founder retires or passes away. It is reported that approximately 30 percent of family-owned businesses survive the succession from the first generation to the second and only ten percent to the third generation. By 2019, the number of family-owned businesses that will transfer from the first generation to the second will be the largest the world has ever seen.

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