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Five Tested Tips for New Leaders Like the NFL’s First Female Coach

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This week, Jen Welter got a great new job.

She became the first female coach in the  National Football League—receiving an offer from the Arizona Cardinals.

Experience and knowledge of the game earned  Welter--who holds a PhD in psychology and multiple championship titles from 14  years of play in the Women’s Football Alliance--her career advancement. But as  a newcomer to the Cardinals’ organization, Welter faces the challenge of quickly  integrating.

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Are You Suffering From LAHI?

Riding my bike this morning, I passed a bus stop where commuters were in cue, lined up single file and waiting. What instantly struck me was that all ten people were doing the exact same thing. Their heads were down, and their eyes and fingers were affixed to their cellphones. Complete silence. No one was talking with anyone inches away.

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Why are interns so crucial to a business?

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Interns are one of the most invaluable assets that your company can invest in. “Why?” you might ask. Here’s 5 reasons:

Linda Dulye is teaming up with IABC/Harrisburg on upcoming webinar!

Webinar: Techniques for Engaging Leaders to Invest in Engagement

Speaker: Linda Dulye, President/Founder,
Dulye & Co. 

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12-1:00 pm

Cost: Complimentary for IABC Members/$35.00 for Non-IABC members. All proceeds will support IABC/Harrisburg. 

This webinar is sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Click here to learn more and register!

Stop Asking Employees for Their Feedback

 

That's sound advice for countless companies with leaders who genuinely aren't interested in associates' comments or really don't know how to hear them. Asking for feedback without ready and able leaders is a surefire way to destroy trust, morale and relationships.

Before you conduct another engagement survey or focus session to canvass employees' input, spend time preparing leaders to comfortably and confidently receive direct feedback—the bad and the good—and respond.

Dulye & Co. has trained thousands of executives, managers and supervisors in two-way communication techniques that:

  • relate important information
  • improve listening
  • stimulate conversations
  • promote shared learning
  • build personal confidence.

Our newest program—Communication Essentials for New Managers—is specifically tailored to help aspiring and first-time managers effectively connect with direct reports and motivate them to high performance.

Our in-person workshops and web-based seminars feature reality-based exercises that sharpen critical communication skills and practical tools that instantly transfer to the workplace.  And we track progress and accountability to sustain every manager’s development.

Find out more about our Spectator-Free Workplace™ Training Programs from Bev Pierce at Dulye & Co., bpierce@dulye.com or 708-788-6204. 
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Lift Sagging Engagement by Driving SUV

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Regardless of size, no company can afford spectator employees. Yet, they are out there in full force—especially in federal government offices.

Earlier this week, the annual "Best Places to Work" study by the Partnership for Public Service, revealed that federal employees' satisfaction and commitment are at their lowest point ever since 2003. The government-wide employee engagement score is 57 out of 100, based on survey data from workers at nearly 400 agencies. Max Stier, the president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service blames the erosion on "a failure of leadership."

Sad stats.  But correctable if managers do more than test drive SUV. Click here to continue reading...

5 Tips to Overcome the Post-Vacation Blues

 
Summer vacations and long weekends are a good thing. They offer important downtime for staff to recharge and refocus. But the shift from beach cabana to office cubicle is often a struggle. 
 
Here are 5 ways to help team members quickly shed post-vacation blues and get back in the groove of work: 

Staff Turnover: 4 Tips to Ready You for a NEW Reality of the 2014 Workplace

How ready are you to address or possibly avert the challenge of staff turnover? Four tips to help you lead and learn.

Opportunity Tops Gift List for Your Best Employees

By Linda Dulye, president & founder, Dulye & Co.
December 17, 2013

What’s the best gift for your top talent?

No, it’s not a hefty gift card or Super Bowl tickets.

The gift of a challenge goes farther than anything you can tie with a bow. A new, on-the-job opportunity, that stretches the thinking and actions of a staff member, sends a clear message from you of trust, confidence and true caring.

You Don't Need a BIG Holiday Party to Show Appreciation

Planning an office holiday party? Here are 5 practical tips for holiday merrymaking with meaning—that won't break the company budget!