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

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Stars and Stripes

Report Faults VA Management for Construction Cost Overruns
ABC News
Huge cost overruns and long delays at new VA hospitals in Colorado, Florida and Louisiana were caused by multiple design changes, mismanaged contracts or poor budget controls, according to Army Corps of Engineers reports released Thursday.
Army Corps faults VA management for construction boondogglesStars and Stripes
Report faults VA management for Denver hospital failuresYahoo News UK

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Toxics toolbox: A crash course on chemical management software
Proactively adopting a sustainable chemicals management program is a company's best response to ever-increasing requirements and demands from consumers, supply chain partners and regulators. A key challenge for firms employing this approach is ...

Premium Times

Warri refinery management given 90-day deadline to resume full production
Premium Times
The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ibe Kachikwu, has issued a 90- day ultimatum to the management of Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company to commence full production at the facility. This is contained in a press ...
Warri refinery management given 90 days deadline to resume full productionThe Guardian Nigeria (satire) (press release) (blog)

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Management Feedback Is Vital - Why Is It So Often Given Badly?
I recently did a Forbes piece, The Real Problem Isn't Annual Employee Reviews – It's Simply Management, exploring whether the current corporate trend toward questioning/jettisoning employee performance reviews is focused in the right direction. But no ...

Making a Mindshift in Management for Agility
InfoQ did an interview with Akdag about why agility needs a mindset change, deploying agile to do strategic management in a more flexible way, how agile impacts the way that performance management is done in organizations and what managers can do ...

Metro will seek a specialist to change management, workplace culture
Washington Post
Members of Metro's governing board, who have disagreed for months over how best to reform the beleaguered transit agency, agreed Thursday to seek a restructuring specialist to overhaul its management and workplace culture, according to three people ...

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Huffington Post

Here's One Succinct Takedown Of Donald Trump's Management Style
Huffington Post
Here's One Succinct Takedown Of Donald Trump's Management Style. Props to Bloomberg Businessweek's Max Abelson. Headshot of Alexander C. Kaufman. Alexander C. Kaufman Business Editor, The Huffington Post. Posted: 09/03/2015 10:27 AM EDT ...

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MBTA rolling out management, service changes after harsh winter
Daily Free Press (subscription)
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is rolling out changes to operations and management implemented during the summer while looking to improve service for Boston-area commuters. During the summer, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ...

Midwest Management Solutions offers charter flights
Kearney Hub
Jacob Barth, owner and chief pilot of Midwest Management Solutions, stands near a King Air 90 TK twin engine airplane that will be used for charter flights from Kearney Regional Airport. After a 14-month process, the business recently received approval ...

Burleigh negotiating parks management contract with Bismarck
Washington Times
The Burleigh County Park Board approved drafting a contract for a management plan that could include the Steckel, Kneifel, Kimball Bottoms and McLean boat ramps, as well as Swenson Park below the University of Mary and the Missouri Valley Complex, ...

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Profound Knowledge

We all are on a quest for knowledge. Whether its... Read More

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If your organization has people, then interpersonal skills are needed.I... Read More

Making Meetings Work

We have all attended meetings that were boring, mindless and... Read More