14 Ways to De-Stress Employee Vacations

Employees truly deserve paid vacations. Theystruggle through stressful jobs most of the year,and productivity goes down if they don't get abreak. From a corporate perspective, investment ingood vacation programs reduces workplace stressabsenteeism, health care costs, and accidents.Many employees, however, come back from vacationwith the half-joking remark about having to returnto... Read More

MANAGING CRISIS; when you?re too good at it

When you are acclaimed for excellence during times of crisis you may not feel so good in a non-crisis environment. You may not shine so bright, perform so well, be quite so acclaimed. If crisis is how you satisfy your personal need to be needed, to feel accomplished, to be... Read More

Spirits in the Corporate Boardroom.......Oh, sure......

There is a growing movement in the spiritual and holistic fields to bring a more metaphysical and human potential approach to the business community. Holism has been intergrating into both the health and mental health professions for many years now. The men's , women's and environmental movements are... Read More

Seeking Help

Where does the time go? Billable time. As a consultant, your practice may be doing reasonably well; you're charging $100-150 an hour. As an independent consultant, you're probably also doing everything from grinding the coffee to editing the umpteenth draft of your brochure.To understand where you spend your time, list... Read More

Delegate or Die!

You Can't Do It All - Learning To DelegateThere is not a single management skill more critical to your personal and professional success as an entrepreneur than learning to delegate. But delegating successfully is much more than simply handing out assignments. It is more an exercise in understanding and accepting... Read More

Communicate To The Four Main Personality Types

You probably know this already, but there are generally held to be four main personality types, which I call: Extrovert, Amiable, Analytical and Pragmatic . Let's take a moment to consider each of them in the workplace. Extrovert: someone who probably has a messy desk; who leaves projects... Read More

Forget The Sandwich Technique

Do you remember being told to use the "sandwich" technique when you needed to reprimand someone? Let me give you an example:"Fred, I'm really pleased with how you've been progressing since you joined us and you're doing a great job. However you're not getting your reports in on time and... Read More

6 Simple Steps to Dealing with Difficult Managers

The challenge of managing difficult managers can be rather daunting, especially when you inherit them! If they are your own born and bred, then hopefully they would have evolved into great managers!Experience shows that difficult managers are difficult because they are angry and frustrated about something or somebody (even themselves... Read More

Is Your Company in Need of Family Therapy?

How Companies Are Like FamiliesLike a family, a company is a group of people who have an ongoing relationship with one another. Companies have several things in common with families:1. Families have distinct ways of communicating and degrees of togetherness. For example:? Communication may be overt or covert.? Relationships tend... Read More

How to Create a Positive Work Atmosphere

Positive versus Negative WorkplacesWe have all worked in places where we grew to dread getting up in the morning, and a few of us have had the pleasure of working for a boss who makes us feel like we can do anything. Let's take a look at the differences between... Read More

In The News:


Clinton council looks to slow hiring of hospital's management firm
Bloomington Pantagraph
Last month, the board voted to replace hospital administrator Earl Sheehy with Alliant Management Services of Louisville, Ky., and amended the budget to pay the cost of hiring the firm. On Monday, over the objections of Mayor Carolyn Peters, the ...


CIO

7 Ways to Advance Your Project Management Career
CIO
(Well, almost everyone.) Project managers are no different. Hence the number of certification exams project managers take. But just having PMP (for Project Management Professional) after your name is no longer enough in today's high-tech mobile world.


Peoples Bank passes major milestone, now has $1 billion under management
nwitimes.com
NorthWest Indiana Bancorp, the holding company of Munster-based Peoples Bank, grew its profits by 8 percent in the first quarter and pushed its assets under management past the $1 billion threshold. Peoples Bank reported net income of $1.8 million in ...


NewBridge announces five percent loss of workforce due to management ...
Lexington Dispatch
Barksdale said that the new management model will not effect consumer product, nor should it effect the operation of any physical locations. He said that since fewer people come into the branches to cash checks or make deposits, when they do come in it ...

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April 23 – Pulse on AF force management
Air Force Link
The new fiscal 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application window is now open. The window is open from April 15 – May 13 and is for Airmen who were unable to apply during the original application window that ended March 26 ...

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Earnings Increase Expected for Waste Management
Forbes
Wall Street is high on Waste Management, expecting it to report earnings that are up 12% from a year ago when it reports its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The consensus estimate is 45 cents per share, up from earnings of 40 cents ...

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Three Elements of Successful Change Management
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In the last year, this marketing organization has added various capabilities, including customer relationship management, marketing automation, and marketing resource management systems. The marketing operations director has a staff, which includes the ...


Billboard

Megan & Liz Leave Management/Label, Premiere New 'Simple Life' Single ...
Billboard
Twin-sister pop duo Megan & Liz will return later this year with the new EP "Simple Life," their first piece of new material away from Collective Sounds, the label arm of management group The Collective. Billboard can exclusively confirm that, with ...
Megan & Liz leave management and label, premiere new singleTheCelebrityCafe.com

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Daylite 5 adds refinements to the business management app
tuaw.com
Whether it's calendar, email, or contact management; project tracking or following up on business opportunities, Daylite is hands-down the best and most comprehensive tool for managing a business. Now the company has just introduced Daylite 5, the ...

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Arizona State University

ASU emergency management program to establish international presence
Arizona State University
The need to expand preparation, response and management capabilities for various-scale emergencies has led to the creation of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security within ASU's College of Public Programs.

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How to Keep a Good Employee: Look, Listen, Learn

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Power of Pinpointing Accountability

I have always said that if I were to write... Read More

Focus on Outcomes to Keep Your Business On-Course

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Structure Your Payment Offers to Sell More Products

The way you structure your payment offers can increase your... Read More

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In 1987 I sold my business, South Mountain Company, to... Read More

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Is your online business disaster-proof? Online businesses face a unique... Read More

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The ability to solve complicated problems quickly is more important... Read More

How to Coach Your Emplyees and Increase Motivation

It is easy to spot the difference between a work... Read More

Marketing Miracle: Outsource Your Creative Services

The current economy is causing most companies to tighten their... Read More

A Checklist for Organized Executives

I could begin this article by providing a checklist of... Read More

The Top 5 Signals That Your Business Is Running You

Starting your own business is a great undertaking but running... Read More

Executive Performance -- Whos to Blame for Incompetent Managers?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal raised the... Read More

Business Innovation ? the Value of Structure

Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation... Read More

3 Ingredients of Highly Profitable Organizational Change

As waves of organizational change sweep across the business landscape,... Read More

7 Strategies for Sustained Innovation

The need for constant reinvention is a given in today's... Read More

Compensation and Six Sigma Black Belts

One of the more ambiguous elements of a Six Sigma... Read More

Managers? Biggest Blunders

Nobody's perfect, including the boss. Managers, we polled recently, acknowledged... Read More

Its a Training Issue!

There's a common phrase used by Organizational Development and Human... Read More