Five Unique Ways a Manager Can Influence Others

Managers have a tremendous responsibility to influence others.  It is expected from the executive level that your influence will keep projects on target, help to improve productivity, and inspire employees to perform with excellence. Some managers exercise their influence in a dictatorial approach and get results; but usually short lived and with resentment.  Sadly, their […]

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Posted: February 21, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

Leading Change and Sustaining Your Corporate Culture

I am a change fanatic.  Give me a choice between status quo or the opportunity to change, and I will jump for the new possibilities.  Some people accuse me of being addicted to change.  They say: “If Steven can’t change something during the day, he will drive home at lunch just to change his socks!”  […]

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Posted: September 12, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

The Basics of Motivation

Motivation is involved in every aspect of our lives.  It secretly works behind the scenes providing a motive for the majority of our actions and opinions.  Motivation can be positive or negative.  It can have lasting influence or it will have a short life-span.  The right motivation will make your day fantastic and productive. Which […]

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Posted: September 6, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

Why Do Employees Resist Change?

I don’t know of any industry that is not working through transitions of change.  If you’re a leader in your organization you are leading change.  And you may have noticed that some employees are not comfortable with the change.  A few are openly resistant.  Most are subtly hesitant and cautiously embracing the changes. In my […]

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Posted: September 2, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

What You and Olympic Athletes Have In Common

The Olympic athletes inspire us with their remarkable accomplishments. They push themselves to the very edge of their talents and training, hoping to be on the winners podium.  And what inspires me most is not that the winners are better than the rest, but that every athlete won the right to be in the International […]

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Posted: August 4, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

Burning Bridges

Burning bridges use to be a military strategy employed by commanders that wanted to make a commitment to a particular course of action by making a retreat impossible. Today, employees committed to the strategy of advancing the company’s overall goals see “Burning Bridges” as a betrayal of trust. Here are some sure fire ways of […]

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Posted: June 28, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

Don’t Hesitate To Lead

Your employees want a leader who knows where to go and how to get there.  They need a manager that can demonstrate a balance between the extremes of being too pushy and being a pushover!  They will not tolerate a demanding approach.  And if you hesitate to show some leadership, there will be some employees […]

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Posted: June 19, 2012 @ 10:37 am

Silence is not Golden

The Supervisor declared, “My team members are on a need to know basis.  I’ll tell them what they need to know, when I want them to know it.” When change is in the air, the longer you keep people in the dark the more their imagination will gravitate toward the worse case scenarios.  If you […]

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Posted: June 12, 2012 @ 1:16 pm