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Book Time for a One-on-One Meeting – with Yourself

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The old adage "can't see the forest for the trees" is truer than many of us want to admit. After all, we've got work to do, deadlines to meet, customers to satisfy. Nevertheless, we can't accomplish all those things without a higher-level perspective on our workload and strategy.
 
Jump off the fast track for an hour each week and give yourself a moment to reconnect with what's on your mind.
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Employee Recognition: Offer a Seat Instead of a Plaque

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AchievementLast month we wrote about how today's brutal economic environment is causing workers to look ahead to a more vibrant job market and the prospect of a new job. 

Some overworked and under-appreciated employees will certainly test the waters once the market warms but it doesn't have to be a mass exodus. 

In fact, we think leaders can help build some loyalty — and boost retention — among team members by focusing on recognizing employee recognition.

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A Playbook for Successful Team Transitions

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ChangeOrganizational initiatives and projects, large or small, are driven by teams. Both are driven by change. 

Change in leadership, change in scope or change in team members. What happens during and after the change is a delicate period of time: the transition. 

Dan Clemens, a successful youth baseball coach, author and Dulye & Co. team member, wrote recently about 10 tips to ensure a successful team transition. Though he wrote in the context of coaching a team of young players, we think his message resonates inside organizations as well.

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There's No App for Minimizing Distractions

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Distracted2In today's workplace there are plenty of distractions, too, many of them of the digital variety: phone calls, email, text messages, Angry Birds, you name it. 

The good news is that managers can break through this clutter and keep their teams focused.

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2011 At the Half: Revisit Your Roadmap

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BusinessmanWithMapJuly means a trip to the beach for many people, but for forward-thinking leaders the month represents an ideal time to revisit the drawing board and check in on goals and objectives. 

Carving out the time to do this kind of review might sound like a luxury you can't afford given your hectic schedule. 

But we'll bet that if you look closely enough at that Outlook calendar, you'll find an hour somewhere in the next week or so that you can set aside for yourself. 

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Manage Measurement Gaps by Taking the Long View

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TelescopeIn many ways, tracking the effectiveness of communications and operational effectiveness has never been easier.
 
Free online survey tools enable leaders to take get a read on things quickly, but the age-old problem remains: measuring the wrong things.
 
Dulye & Co. recently conducted a roundtable focused on internal communications measurement. The key takeaways reminded us that organizations need to shift their view of what matters when capturing employee feedback.
 
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Take the 30-Day Leadership Challenge

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The most successful leaders are the ones that are always on the lookout for new approaches and strategies to motivate their employees and deliver meaningful results for the organization. 
 
It’s not easy though to actually create and stick to new habits in the workplace. After all, just keeping up with the “have-to-do” leaves little time for the “nice-to-do” activities.
 
But you can do it.
 
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Despite Bleak Jobs Growth, Managers Must Prepare for the Next Jobs Boom

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The U.S. May 2011 employment figures released last week demonstrate how stubborn, to put it nicely, this economic recovery has been.Unemployment

Managers are witnessing the effects on their bare-bones staff, stretched thin and often performing the duties of two or three people.

While these workers no doubt are thankful to have a job in today's brutal environment, chances are they're looking ahead to when the job market loosens and the lure of a new job is more than wishful thinking.

Results of a recent Employment Confidence Survey by Glassdoor.com show that employees are optimistic about their future employment opportunities: 

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Congrats! You're a New Manager. (Now What?)

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Which WayFor newly minted managers, the excitement of a long-awaited promotion can wear off quickly if they aren't given the basic management skills needed to succeed in the role.

For years organizations have elevated high-performing individual contributors into management positions without so much as one-day leadership boot camp. We ran across this article and even though it's a few years old, the message still applies.

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Is it Time to Dust Off Your Staff Development Plan?

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Freshness leafMost employees have development goals on their performance plans but in the breakneck pace of most workplaces these days, development slips from a priority to a nice-to-have.

The mid-year point is a terrific opportunity to revisit those goals with each team member and see how they can use the summer downtime to attend training courses or take on a challenging assignment.

Here's a game plan for breathing life into flagging development plans.