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Can Feedback Create a 'Safe' Work Environment?

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responsibility.jpgRegular readers know that one of our favorite regular features on managing in today's workplace is the "Corner Office" series in The New York Times' Business Day section.

Recently Bob Brennan, president and C.E.O. of Iron Mountain, an information management company, was interviewed for the series and gave a thought-provoking answer to the question "what's your approach to leadership?".

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Get a Jumpstart on Your 2011 Workplace Resolutions

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Focus.jpgIn a few weeks we'll be deluged with stories on TV and online about new year's resolutions. Morning TV shows will rollout the experts on how to stick to that diet, stay on target at the gym or quit smoking. You know the drill.

Jump ahead of the game and start identifying and implementing your workplace resolutions before January 1.

Here are some ideas for new habits that can help make you a better communicator and a more trusted leader.

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7 Tips to Make It to the Rebound

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Number7.jpgWe can hear you now: "What rebound?" 

The economy certainly is being stubborn and though we hear of economic data that seems to indicate we're headed toward recovery, we don't see a lot of belief out there.

Nevertheless, you can be ready for the rebound and here's a seven-point plan to help you prepare.

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Now's the Time to Tie Up Loose Ends from 2010

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2011Calendar.jpgFor all intents and purposes, there are five, maybe six, productive weeks remaining in 2010. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the December holidays not far behind. That means employee engagement might be at its weakest point in the year.

Don't fret. Instead, take advantage of November to elevate your team's focus on year-end tasks: meeting operational objectives, achieving customer deadlines, refining budgets. 

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Q4 is Here! Now What?

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In January, few things seem as far off in the distance as the fourth quarter.

Nevertheless, here it is.

We're still waiting for the economy to show more than mere statistical glimpses of recovery and so your employees are likely looking at 2011 with trepidation. What's an organization to do when a sluggish business climate extends from one year to the next?

Here are three must-dos from the leadership playbook.

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Asking and Responding to Tough Questions

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"I try to give them a question that feels like a two-by-four between the eyes." How would you like that in your next job interview or performance review?

That's the approach used by Kevin O'Connor, chief executive of FindTheBest.com, a comparison search engine.

In an interview withThe New York Times, he shared his leadership approach, including one of the tough questions he asks: "How smart are you?"

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Streamline Communications Data with a Dashboard

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Since our recent webcast, Change Communications: Crash Course for Preparing Managers, we've received lots of interest around the concept of dashboards.

What we're hearing is that communicators have a tremendous interest in the simplicity and practicality of the dashboard model. 

 

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Food for Thought: Warren Bennis on Leadership

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It's one of the most-asked and often-pondered questions: What makes a leader? 

According to Warren Bennis author of several books on leadership including the bestselling Leaders andOn Becoming A Leader says two traits make up the strongest leaders.

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9 Savvy Business Texting Tips

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Once text messaging became a mainstream tool for communicating, it was only a matter of time before the enterprise adopted it internally.

Dulye & Co. has a client that's integrating text messaging into the organization's communications mix and they turned to us for advice on how to do so effectively.

Here are nine texting tips you can use today to get started with text messaging.

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Welcoming a New Wave of Workers

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It seems like ages ago, doesn't it, that business leaders could think about hiring new employees? A bruising economy left little room for adding head count and the budget dollars associated with a new employee.

Signs that the economy is beginning to thaw coincide with a new wave of college graduates are entering the job market. Keep in mind that today's college grad lives in a highly connected, tech savvy world that's different from even just five years ago. To prepare, leaders would benefit from a review of their expectations from an operational and communications standpoint.
 
Help them succeed from the get-go by using these tips.