Leadership Development through Coaching and Mentoring

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Synonyms include guidance, direction, control, management, and supervision. Pertaining to the workplace and effective leadership, a leader is one who doesn’t control necessarily. Instead, it’s a leader’s task to advise, guide and give direction to the people that follow them. Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or job titles. It’s a matter of inspiring others to think outside of the box, empowering employees to be innovative and to think creatively, and creating an environment full of enthusiasm and positive energy. Bill Gates said, “as we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower us.” It’s a social influence that’s not fueled by authority or power. It’s someone who is able to influence their teammates to be their best and to do their best for the company.

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Topics: Leadership

7 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Your Computer

Posted by Annett Winiarz

Jan 7, 2015 3:29:00 PM

7 reasons why your employer might be using keylogger software, spyware or other means to spy on employees’ computer usage:

1)  Does your computer have malware or viruses on it?

The longer an infection lingers undetected and the more employees in a network that download it or click the malicious link, the more widespread the infection will be and the harder to contain; thus, the longer a network could be crippled.

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement, Empowering Your Workforce

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace: 5 Things to Know

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Dec 4, 2014 5:30:00 AM

According to a workplace conflict study in 2008, 85% of employees said they experienced conflict and of those, 29% said conflict occurred quite often or always. This alone means that managers and companies need to have a good strategy to tackle conflict right away before it escalates into something greater.

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Topics: Leadership

The DON'TS of Being a Boss: The Importance of Being a Positive Leader

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Following up from the previous post on Aug 27th about the Dos of being a good boss, let’s touch on the Don’ts of being a boss. What makes you a bad boss? Through this post, you’ll learn why it is so important to exude positivity and encouragement in the workplace.

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Topics: Leadership

How to Become an Exceptional Leader without Fear or Intimidation

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

"Lead through example and inspiration, not through intimidation, pressure, and fear." - Patrick Stafford, Writer, Editor, Journalist 

When workplace leaders approach their team with intimidation, pressure, and fear it can and most likely will cause problems. Problems with communication, collaboration, productivity, and engagement just to name a few. 

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Topics: Leadership

A Few Reasons Employees Might be Disengaged

Posted by April

Dec 9, 2013 1:45:00 PM

A recent Gallup survey of over 350,000 participants collected over three years, found that 70% of Americans are not engaged in their work. This potentially costs the United States anywhere from $450 to $550 billion yearly in lost productivity (Forbes).

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement, Employee Recruitment and Retention, Empowering Your Workforce

Showing Employees You are Thankful

Posted by April

Nov 25, 2013 2:59:00 PM

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just three days away. You have been busy with work, family and now the holiday season has commenced. For the past 25 days, people have been posting on Facebook and Twitter the things they are thankful for. Ranging from their spouse to coffee on a cold morning, people seem to be very thankful for a lot of things. We all have things to be thankful for, one of which I’m sure several people have heard is that they have a job. It’s nice being able to pay bills on time and enjoy a little fun time with friends. This leads me to wonder though, how thankful are businesses/managers for their employees?

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement, Employee Recruitment and Retention, Empowering Your Workforce

Stacked Reviews and Why 360 Performance Reviews are better

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 19, 2013 2:06:00 PM

Last week there was a lot of news about forced or stacked reviews in the news. This type of performance review requires that managers rate their team on a bell curve and then send the low performers packing. Just as Microsoft released a statement to say they were discarding the practice, Yahoo’s CEO announced they planned to begin using the “rank-and-yank” system. This topic has received quite a bit of press, and not so positive at that.

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement, Product News, Empowering Your Workforce, Talent Management

The Value of Lean Management: Is your Organization Keen on Lean?

Posted by April

Nov 7, 2013 3:46:00 PM

 

Car manufacturing has come a long way since its inception. We have probably all heard about the assembly line from Henry Ford and the way in which it was useful in manufacturing automobiles at a faster pace than before.

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Topics: Leadership, Product News, Healthcare Reform, Empowering Your Workforce, Talent Management

A Condensed Guide to Changing Company Culture

Posted by April

Oct 15, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Changing a company’s culture can be a daunting task. No matter how you look at it, it’s going to be a long, difficult process. No CEO woke up one morning and said “the company’s culture will be different by COB today.”

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Engagement, Talent Management