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5 Plays Every Manager Should Be Running When Coaching Employees

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on January 24, 2017

When managing a team, the players (employees) look to their coach (manager) for leadership, guidance, and support when approaching a game or a project. To keep the team motivated and performing at its best, it’s up to the coach to draw out the skills that make each individual unique and use that to your company’s advantage. Here are some management tips when coaching employees in the workplace:

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

10 Ways Your Business Will Grow When You Train Your Team Time Management Skills

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on January 20, 2017

As the old adage goes, “time is money,” so being able to effectively manage your time is an important asset in both your personal and professional life. Especially in this day and age, there are many things competing for our attention. Think about it, how many times throughout the day do you get distracted or derailed in getting done what you set out to accomplish?

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

How to Be a Stronger Leader by Mastering the Art of Delegation

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on December 29, 2016

Do you want to be a stronger leader? In today’s world, too many of us think leading means doing it all on our own — everything from making the “To Do” lists to checking each task off on those lists. But that’s a recipe for burnout! Most strong leaders don’t do everything on their own; they delegate. The power of accepting help can help you become a strong leader by enabling you to work less and do more.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications, Leadership, Management

How Strengthening Your Problem Solving Skills Can Make You a Better Decision Maker

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on December 28, 2016

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be really good at problem-solving, while others struggle to make decisions? Did you know that when you strengthen your problem-solving skills, it can actually help you learn how to make better decisions? That’s because you’ll gain the confidence, acquire the analytical skills, and develop the creativity you need to be able to make predictions about the results of different solutions. We’ve put together some of the best ways to strengthen your problem-solving skills and become a more confident decision-maker.

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Topics: Professional Development, Leadership, Management

Stepping Up: Dos and Don'ts for Transitioning Into a New Manager Role

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on November 21, 2016

After an exciting promotion to a management role, the transition from co-worker to manager needs to be as smooth as possible. Follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure you earn the respect of your team as well as your organization’s leaders.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

How to use Scripts When Providing Difficult Performance Reviews

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on October 24, 2016

When one of your employees is delivering a sub-par performance, you need to have a difficult discussion. Talking to employees about bad performance can be uncomfortable, but having a script for bad performance reviews can make your job easier and give your employee the best chance at improving.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

How the Increase in Minimum Wage Affects You & What You Can Do to Prepare

In 2013, President Obama raised minimum wage to $9/hour, as previous wages were so low that families were unable to afford living costs. Today, states are raising wages even higher, with California being the first state to adopt the legislation that will gradually raise minimum wage to $15/hour. This increase is a positive one for workers, but what does this mean for small business owners like you? Well, it could mean that jobs might need to be cut if employers are expected to pay higher rates. We could also see an increase in prices (up to 4.3%) as well, as employers will need to make more money to pay a higher wage.

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Topics: Small Business, business, Retail, Management, Growing a Business

Why Do People Hate Change?

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on October 06, 2016

Why do people hate change? Because most people feel comfortable doing what they have always been doing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” they say. Psychologically speaking, it’s not just that people fear change, (although they absolutely do) It’s also that they genuinely believe what they’ve been doing, and how they’ve been doing it, is the best possible way to do it. And the longer they’ve been doing it this way, the better, more efficient, more economical, etc., it is (or so they believe).

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications, Leadership, Management

How to Determine if the Small Business Management Program is Right for Your Architecture, Contractor, or Engineering Business

As an architect, contractor or engineer, you’re expected to be an expert in your field who delivers quality work. However, your educational pursuits and years of on-the-job experience working for someone else probably didn’t prepare you to own and operate your small business. You are a pro in CAD software, but a novice when it comes to accounting programs.

The truth is running a business is never as easy as costs versus profits. To help your small business grow, you’ll need to brush up your small business management knowledge.

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, business, Management

Why Personality Assessments are Valuable and How to Use Them in the Workplace

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on September 20, 2016

As an employer, you can better understand your employees’ traits and roles within your organization by using personality tests. Personality tests can be extremely valuable to all employers across many different industries and organizations.

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Topics: Professional Development, HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Communications, Leadership, Management

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