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5 traits good employees want to see in their bosses

December 17, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Good employees tend to ask themselves five key questions about a manager before they’re willing to grant that manager their loyalty.


The surprising source of your worst IT security problems

June 27, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

According to an industry survey, one group of employees is the most likely source of security breaches to your IT system.


What works better, carrot or stick?

February 10, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Two studies look at motivation and whether it’s better to pat workers on the back or boot them in the backside.


‘Rank and yank’ performance standards: Should you use them?

February 8, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Remember when Jack Welch and GE were all the rage with the system of ranking employees and firing those at the bottom of the pile? Does it really work?


Ever think about getting rid of performance reviews?

January 25, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Employees hate performance reviews. Supervisors hate performance reviews. Maybe you’re better off just dropping reviews altogether. Maybe.


4 skills that make great managers

November 25, 2011 by Bob Hill

Various studies have proven these four areas separate top-notch managers from their average counterparts:  More…

The hidden revenue killer

November 14, 2011 by Bob Hill

In a recent New York Times interview, the head of a major pharmaceutical maker reveals one of the most valuable business lessons he’s ever learned about focusing on revenue and results. More…

3 ‘hang on’ mistakes business owners make

October 25, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

If you’re running a business, you’re going to run into at least one of these situations.


5 common obstacles that prevent good leaders from becoming great

September 8, 2011 by Bob Hill

Some execs are held back by these simple missteps.   More…

The key (and overlooked) links to high performance

June 8, 2011 by Jim Giuliano

Wharton School researchers have called them “the often overlooked and sometimes-maligned” cogs in a company.


Are your managers prepared to grow your business?

May 23, 2011 by Jennifer Azara

Many companies are shifting their focus from cost-cutting to growth. But are the people who’ll be driving that process – your company’s management team – up to the challenge? More…

3 keys when promoting someone into management

February 7, 2011 by Bob Hill

You’ve seen it: A good employee becomes a bad manager. Here’s how to change that.  More…

4 ‘musts’ for growing small businesses

December 23, 2010 by Jim Giuliano

You’re concentrating on your product or service, and on your customers. Great, but a lot of small businesses get ambushed because they overlooked another key part of the operation …


Study: Managers don’t know what they don’t know

November 22, 2010 by Bob Hill

A recent study involving more than 1,100 front-line managers found most of them had severe misconceptions about their ability to lead.  More…

Travel tips that help avoid costs, aggravation

October 4, 2010 by Bob Hill

Airfares are 20-30% higher than they were a year ago, but some savings are out there for the careful business traveler.  More…

6 pitfalls of telecommuting — and how to solve them

May 6, 2010 by Bob Hill

Telecommuting can create a huge win-win for sales organizations, provided salespeople don’t fall victim to any one of these six pitfalls: More…

The top 10 fatal flaws of today’s managers

April 19, 2010 by Bob Hill

After studying nearly 11,000 company leaders, the Harvard Business Review identified these as the top 10 most common flaws of poor managers: More…

Tech troublemakers: Can you spot them?

February 10, 2010 by Valerie Helmbreck

The use of gadgets may make employees more productive, or just create another distraction. More…

$35M question: Which managers are exempt from overtime pay?

September 4, 2009 by Sam Narisi


Most managers don’t get paid overtime. But as one company recently learned the hard way, the key word is “most.” More…

Surviving summer staffing

June 10, 2009 by Tim Gould

‘Tis the season: Time to figure out how to cover your staffing needs as employees take vacation time.



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