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November 29, 2011

Management: You're Probably a Micromanager

My recent post on why people micromanage triggered over 100 comments, stories, and suggestions many of them relating experiences on the receiving end of micromanagement. What was striking was that only two readers actually admitted to being …
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November 23, 2011

Human Resources: new strategies for new employees

Want to get the most out of your next new employee? Business consultant and writer Jeff Haden suggests that companies try something different and take their cues from an old Elvis Presley song: A little less conversation, a little more action.In …
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November 23, 2011

Leadership: The Ambidextrous CEO

Leaders often find themselves struggling when making decisions about supporting the core business while also funding and nurturing the innovative projects on which the long-term future of the business depends. The battles over investment and talent …
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November 22, 2011

Productivity: Restore Yourself to Your Factory Default Settings

My wireless connection to the internet had suddenly stopped working. At first I was frustrated I had been in the middle of browsing some books on Amazon. But I quickly took it as a blessing. I had an article to write and the Amazon browsing was a …
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November 11, 2011

Leadership: Is It Better to Be Liked or Feared?

Youve seen images of professional sports coaches screaming at slumped-over teams in locker rooms. Cut to the corporate boardroom, where you see a terrible two tantrum thrust upon employees.Maybe youve experienced a mild case of power-mongering …
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November 11, 2011

Marketing: The Spark Plug Theory

Henry Ford was not a guitarist.Consider that assertion for a moment. What do you suppose it means? That Ford was a pianist? That his musical tastes leaned more toward Big Band? That he was lacking in manual dexterity? Any (or all) of those …
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November 08, 2011

Human Resources: three types of people to fire immediately

I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.A very successful CEO (who asked not to be named)We (your authors) teach our children to work hard and never, ever give up. We teach them to be grateful, to be full of wonder, to expect …
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November 07, 2011

Sales: How the Rift Between Sales and Marketing Undermines Reps

It's no secret that sales and marketing executives don't always see eye to eye. In a recent Corporate Executive Board survey, sales executives' top terms for their marketing colleagues included "paper pushers," "academic," and perhaps worst of all, …
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November 02, 2011

HR: How to break up with employees

To Kim N.: Im sorry you were dismissed with anger and haste. To David S.: I wish Id told you that even though you worked with us just 89 days, I dont regret that we gave it a try. To Sam C.: I apologize for sending a signal that we didnt value …
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November 01, 2011

Operations: New Concealed Carry Law has Businesses Weighing Weapons Ban

On Nov. 1, Wisconsins concealed weapons law went into effect, allowing individuals who passed a training course and cleared a background check to carry weapons with them at all times without breaking the law.While the law does allow private …
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