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Close to Burnout?

It is hard to know if you are close to burnout; easier for someone else to identify. Below is a list of 10 of 23 signs noted by burnout specialist Ben Fanning: 1. Feeling zapped after work - no energy for evening chores and activities. 2. Others checking with you...

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Why Can’t I Get it Right the First Time?

Believe it or not, there is a process for successful problem-solving which I found useful in my years as a CEO of a non-profit organization and then a consultant to the nonprofit industry. I want to share it with you because it guarantees a better outcome. What would...

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Teams Need Problem-Solvers, Not Just Problem-Finders

Last week I shared that spending time clearly defining a problem before brainstorming solutions is necessary.   Why?   The problem could be more complicated than you think or it can be a symptom instead of the underlying concern. Once you've invested this time...

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Staff Retention Starts On Day One Of Employment

Did you know staff orientation makes a significant difference in an employee's length of service? Having been a nonprofit CEO, I am very aware of the financial impact and resulting constraints put on staff orientation. Unless there are outside resources to offset the...

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Winning Employee Orientation Focuses On Networking

In last week's blog, I discussed the positive financial impact of providing the right kind of orientation and how "staff individuality" is now factoring into the equation. A brief orientation centered on learning the job needs to be replaced by an extended schedule...

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Three Keys to Reducing Employee Turnover

How valuable are employees to your organization? In nonprofit agencies, staff and volunteers are the most valuable part yet, nearly 33% of new hires look for a different job within their first six months on the job. In addition to turnover being expensive, it impacts...

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How to Build Success with a High Performing Team

Would you rather manage a team of people who are just there because they need a job or a group of like-minded individuals who are excited and motivated to work because they truly believe in what they’re doing? I think we can agree that the latter sounds much more...

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6 Tactics to help Reduce Workplace Gossip

Team leaders and supervisors have many job tasks, and an important one is the culture and atmosphere of the workplace. One thing that can quickly impact the overall morale and productivity of a work environment is negative gossip. Office gossip may start off as an...

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The Top 4 Ways to Foster Trust in Your Organization

Trust remains the critical factor in employee engagement, job satisfaction, and organizational success.  If employees lack trust in their colleagues and leaders, the workplace loses out in having an open and engaging culture that encourages creative thinking, honest...

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Creating a High-Performance Team

Do you know why staff orientation is so important?  Do you know how to provide a proper orientation or are you, and your organization, doing what you have always done?   If so, it may be one of the reasons 66% staff leave in the first 3 to six months of employment.  ...

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Seven Signs you are a Great Supervisor

Have you had such a fantastic supervisor that you wanted to work harder for him? A great manager is someone who talks the talk, walks the walk, and has a positive impact on their team while increasing the success of each employee. They have a diverse range of skills...

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Know Yourself First: The Art of Being Self-Aware

How well do you know yourself? One of the biggest struggles people have is they lack self-awareness,  which is an essential skill for anyone wanting to grow in their position as leader. Being self-aware means understanding how temperament,  strengths, weaknesses and...

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Teams Need Problem-Solvers, Not Just Problem-Finders

Last week I shared that spending time clearly defining a problem before brainstorming solutions is necessary. Why? The problem could be more complicated than you think or it can be a symptom instead of the underlying concern. Once you’ve invested this time upfront,...

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Power Pose

  I show this video in Level 2 Great Supervision – Nurturing Collaborative Teams. We spend our first morning talking about communication and this video fits perfectly with being assertive. I also love that she suggests we share it with people who need it most!....

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The 10 Golden Rules of Effective Management

The attached article provides a synopsis on great management practices. Not surprisingly, communication, consistency, recognition, and role modeling are important. I want to focus on Set the goal of working as a team. I encourage front-line team leaders to have a...

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Changing of the Guard in Nonprofit Leadership

  As we see a “changing of the guard” in nonprofit leadership, developing meaningful relationships with colleagues is important once again. Last week I worked with a regional group of executive directors that has a mix of long term and new leaders. Like the...

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Why Can’t I Get it Right the First Time?

Believe it or not, there is a process for successful problem-solving which I found useful in my years as a CEO of a non-profit organization and then a consultant to the nonprofit industry. I want to share it with you because it guarantees a better outcome. What would...

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