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in Your Career by SherylNash01, 12-03-10 16:29
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Month, 2 Weeks ago Karma: 0  
Today's Management Tip from Harvard Business Publishing is 3 Steps for Asking for Help Without Looking Stupid...

Too often managers make mistakes because they are afraid to ask for help. Not knowing how to do something may be embarrassing, but not asking for help can lead to disastrous results. Next time you are faced with something you are uncertain about, use these three steps to ask your colleague, manager, or peer for assistance.

1. Start with what you know. Begin your request for help with context and background about the situation so that the other person knows what you know.

2. Ask for feedback on a proposed direction. Just because you are uncertain doesn't mean you can't form an opinion. Explain what you are thinking of doing and ask for input and direction.

3. Ask for tangible advice. If you are still unsure about what direction to take, be direct with the other person. Ask for the tools you need to make a decision or for a referral to someone who has been in a similar situation.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Month, 1 Week ago Karma: 1  
I wonder how many bosses actually do one-quarter of these things. I'd say what you have to do if you're a boss is be encouraging, straight-forward, and positive, show your employees you'll go to bat for them, and motivate people on the basis of their own styles and needs, not what you think you'd like your boss to do. As I said, most bosses behave otherwise.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 4 Weeks ago Karma: 0  
Harvard Business Publishing's Management Tip of the Day today says the way to grow is to give up control.

Leaders who micromanage do a disservice to their companies, their employees, and themselves; worse yet, they are often preventing their companies from growing. If you are struggling to grow your company or unit, one of the smartest things you can do is give up control. Here's how:

1. Push decison making down. If you're making all the decisions, you're only holding your company back. Push decision making down to the lowest level possible.

2. Accept that mistakes will happen. Sharing responsibility with others means things don't always go according to plan. Prepare your employees to avoid mistakes by being clear about your expectations and giving them the tools they need to do their jobs well.

3. Build your bench. Making yourself comfortable with giving up control requires having people you believe in. Invest both your time and resources to develop your star employees.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 2 Weeks, 2 Days ago Karma: 0  
This information from the Corporate Executive Board seems timely as many companies may begin to rehire former employees. They offer this advice...

When rehiring former employees, take the critical first step of training and onboarding them as new team members; don't assume that they're up to speed on changes that occured in their absence or that they'll pick them up on their own. Doing so may counter any organizational changes you've made over the course of their absence.

What are other top strategies when rehiring?
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 2 Weeks, 2 Days ago Karma: 1  
So, just how common is it for companies to rehire now? Is it mostly because they realize they cut too much and business is being hurt or because business has picked up? And are there certain areas or functions that are getting rehired more than others?

I'd love to hear from other people with comments about what they're seeing.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Week, 3 Days ago Karma: 0  
I like this recent tip from Harvard Business Publishing on Why You Should Hold Office Hours...

Office hours are for busy, distracted professors who want to offer their students an opportunity to receive their undivided attention. Business leaders who are similarly busy and distracted should also make the time to connect with their employees. Maybe it's time that the office hours concept crossed the academic-business divide.

Clear an hour our two each week and let your employees know that you are available by phone or in person for an unscheduled meeting. Tell them you want to hear what excites, worries, or confuses them.

This may well become the most productive hour of your week and put you at the head of the class.
 
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