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6 fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014
Forbes
When it comes to management, I've always been a bigger believer in fundamentals than fancy, Victor Lipman writes. When it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you execute fundamentals day in and day out. In that spirit, here are six fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014.
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Learning to like criticism
Business 2 Community
No one enjoys being criticized. Yet, if you want to succeed, you've got to overcome all of your natural instincts and actively seek out feedback, good and bad. If you want to advance, you need to develop a positive, flexible and creative attitude toward feedback. Here are some practical ways to toughen your hide and change your perception.
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Contentment is the enemy of greatness
By C. Fredrick Crum
I recently heard a quote from Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life." The quote goes as follows: "If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You'll always want more." Needless to say Rick Warren's quote caused me to shout, "You are wrong, you are dead wrong!" In my world, you are either in a state of improvement or a state of decline. There is no plateau. There is no contentment. While others are busy being content, the rest of us are happily working to pass them by.
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5 steps to becoming a more empowered you in the new year
Entrepreneur
Each year, people start off the New Year with a resolution that's probably similar to one made in previous years. And every January, there's a new commitment to making it really work this year. Here's the problem: People who make these "renewed" resolutions aren't really committed to changing who they are on the inside. So these resolutions — whether it's getting in shape or growing a network or improving productivity — become simply a test of willpower.
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From past to progress: Applying knowledge to move us forward
IAFC
What will it take to be a successful leader in the future? A crystal ball would be helpful here, but one option is to look to history for answers. In the 1980s, the fourth edition of "The Fire Chief's Handbook" by James Casey was a standard reference for fire chiefs and often included as a study guide for promotional tests. The handbook defined the attributes of a successful organization.
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Find the coaching in criticism
Harvard Business Review
Feedback is crucial. That's obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay and boosts the bottom line. But it's equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn't work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36 percent of managers complete appraisals thoroughly and on time.
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Top tips to avoid email overload
The Guardian
How many times have you checked your emails today? How often was this while you were already midway through a different task? When was the last time you had an empty inbox and can you remember when you last received an email that was truly urgent? Emails have become so ingrained in our daily lives that they are more often our default method of communication when it comes to business.
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