How Can Managers Make Meetings Better?

Meetings don't have to be a waste of everyone's time

One of the least desirable parts of being a manager is the number of meetings that we find ourselves attending. In fact, there seem to be some days that are just back-to-back meetings that never seem to end. While we are in these meetings it’s pretty common for a manager to wish that they were … Read more

What Is The Cost Of A Stressed Out Team?

Remind me – is stress a good thing or a bad thing? I mean, some stress has to be a good thing, right? This is what motivates your team to accomplish goals and meet deadlines. All of this is valid information; however, it turns out that too much of a good thing can be a … Read more

Do You Know How To Argue Correctly?

So it turns out that we've all been arguing the wrong way

Part of the job of being a manager is disagreeing with other people. Look, their ideas may be wrong and you are the person who is going to have to step up and let them know that they are wrong. As you can well imagine, this does not always go over well. This is where … Read more

Does Your Team Need Couples Counseling?

Couples therapy can help work relationships

As a manager, we know that the key to our success is the ability to get along with the members of our team. It turns out that things go a bit deeper than that. In order for our team to be successful, everyone on the team has to get along with everyone else who is … Read more

How To Prepare For Long, Complicated Meetings

Some big, messy meetings are a requirement

As managers, our manager training has taught us a thing or two about how to run successful meetings. We know that we need to keep them short, tightly focused, and limit the number of people that we permit to attend. Our goal is to avoid having to attend those time wasting events that seem to … Read more

How Managers Can Prevent Their Teams From Spending Too Much Time In Meetings

Managers need to protect a team's productivity and morale

So here’s an important question for managers: how much of your week do you spend in meetings? I suspect that the answer is probably “A lot.” Too often back-to-back meetings are becoming the norm throughout the business world, leaving everyone frazzled and farther behind at the end of each day. We need to ask ourselves … Read more

How To Celebrate Successes With Your Team

When you team has a success, you need to acknowledge it

As a manager you need to remember that celebrating our achievements is important for every team. Joyfully acknowledging milestones gives credit to the hard work done by the team, provides motivation for reaching goals, and rewards everyone for a job well done. Nowhere is this truer than where we work. Managers need to realize that … Read more

How A Manager Can Effectively Execute An Offsite Team Meeting

A well-run offsite meeting can make a team work better together

Every manager realizes that the members of their team are one of the biggest expenses that their company has to deal with. At the same time we all realize that company culture is critical, and your team needs clear goals. You can tackle all three of these issues by conducting a well-planned company offsite that … Read more

How Can A Manager Build A Happy Team?

It turns out that gratitude is the key

Ok manager, so you are in charge of a team. What would you like to do with that team? If you are like most of us, you’d like to be able to use your manager skills to create a happy, very productive team. The studies have shown us that happy teams score higher on productivity, … Read more