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Time to Recalibrate Your 2010 Plans?

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The blur you just saw whiz past you? That was the first quarter of the year, gone in a flash. As we thaw out from a long winter it’ sa good time to check on those seeds we planted at the beginning of the year. Are they still the right crop to harvest this year or should you rethink it?
 
As Q1 fades into Q2, it’s the perfect time to review your plans for 2010. After all, a lot can change in three months. But sometimes it’s hard to know for sure if you need a course correction or should stay on the path. Try these three tips for confirming that your plans remain relevant.

 

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Undercover Boss: A 4-Point Reality Check

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Undercover.jpgHave you caught the CBS program “Undercover Boss”?

The show debuted immediately after the Super Bowl and each episode follows a different CEO’s journey from the executive suite to the trenches – undercover, of course.

Certainly the program makes for compelling television but does it pass a reality check? Unfortunately not, at least in our view.

The fact is, it takes more than a new outfit and camera crew to be a star executive; it takes authenticity and it takes courage. But that’s just the start.

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Set Expectations Early to Shape Success

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Which Way.jpgIn a recent interview, Nancy McKinstry, the C.E.O. and chairwoman of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer, a global information services and publishing company based in the Netherlands, shared one of her most profound management lessons gleaned from managing junior-level employees. 
 

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Rethinking Employee Rewards

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incentives signpost.jpgThe challenging economic climate has dramatically impacted raises and bonuses for workers in virtually every industry.
 
A recent Wall Street Journal article cites a report from consulting firm Towers Watson that says employers “plan meager 2.8% raises in 2010, after 2% bumps in 2009.” Nevertheless, creative leaders are uncovering innovative ways to reward employees when budgets are wafer thin. 
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Don’t Be Afraid to Share the Spotlight

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Spotlight.jpgIn sports, no one likes a “ball hog,” someone who takes all the shots, gets all the glory. The workplace is no different.

Taking all the credit for successes or quickly pointing the finger of blame at someone else is an easy way to alienate your peers. Instead, share the credit or give the kudos to someone on your team. 

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What are Your Rules for Success?

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Five Engagement Secrets From Your Holiday Party

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Use Alignment and Accountability to Build Trust and Engagement

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In job markets strong or sputtering, workers will be more engaged in their work and the goals of the organization if they have a solid manager. In our view, that means viewing your role as a manager through the lens of a communicator.

The recipe for success is based on two key ingredients: alignment and accountability.

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Managing the Distracted Worker

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Workers today have lots on their mind: the economy, their job security and concerns on the home front. In the workplace there are plenty of distractions, too, many of them of the digital variety: phone calls, email, voicemail, text messages, IM, you name it. The good news is that managers break through this clutter and keep their teams focused.

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Set Standards to Reinvigorate Your Staff Meetings

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If you had to guess, how does your team react when they see “staff meeting” on their calendar? Dread? Enthusiasm? Chances are that the answer is somewhere in the between. And the reason is clear: most staff meetings lack clear purpose and focus. How do yours stack up?