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How to get your team to coach each other
Harvard Business Review
No one grows as a leader without the support of other people. Effective peer-to-peer coaching can offer the encouragement people need to overcome the fear of starting something new. Peer coaches, like professional coaches, can also hold their "clients" accountable for moving in a new direction. Setting up a peer-to-peer coaching network on the team you manage can accelerate your team's learning.
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4 key approaches to great decision-making
thoughtLEADERS
Making great decisions is a key leadership responsibility. If you choose the wrong decision-making style, you could face a disaster. Choose the right style and you'll make decisions faster and more effectively. When you make decisions, there are four styles you can use, and your style choice is driven by two things. First, the urgency of making the decision — from low urgency where you've got plenty of time to make the call, to high urgency where you need a decision right now.
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Is problem solving a problem for your employees?
By Jessica Taylor
According to a 2010 Critical Skills Survey, employers say they need employees who are equipped with skills beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic to grow their business. In other words, you need two main skills: critical thinking and problem solving. But some employees aren't confident in their preparation and answers to problems. So how can they get the confidence back? We know encountering problems is inevitable in the workplace, but how do we solve them effectively?
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Use it or lose it: Leveraging pride in the workplace
Terry St. Marie More Human Leadership
One of the keys to being a good leader is the ability to leverage a basic human trait that exists in every workplace. That is, unless you destroy it by how you lead. Among those who serve the customers, or make the widgets, or support those who do either of these things, is a strong desire to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
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What you need to know about running productive meetings
Harvard Business Review
Raise your hand if you think the majority of meetings are a complete waste of your time — not to mention your organization's time. You don't need to look far for confirming evidence. Consider the data on how one company's weekly executive committee meeting rippled through the organization in a profoundly disturbing way, ultimately taking up to 300,000 hours a year. We could all use some of that time back. But, what can we do about the seemingly endless cycle of meetings that we’re all caught up in?
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Why being a mentor is worth the effort
Fast Company
There is a common phrase in medical education that covers all of the steps of successful learning: "See one, do one, teach one." First, you observe someone else performing a process. Then, you learn to do it yourself. Finally, you pass your knowledge on to others. The third part of this process — teach one — does not get enough attention in business contexts. In particular, when we talk about mentorship, we usually focus on the benefits of having good mentors as we move forward in our careers. We rarely talk about the benefits of mentoring for the mentor.
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5 tips to help you hang on to your best staffers
Entrepreneur
Finding a great employee is a lot like finding the perfect pair of jeans. They're a comfortable fit, they make you look good and they get along well with the rest of your wardrobe. How did you ever get by without them? And best of all, most denim lasts for years on end. The difference between your great employees and great jeans, though, is that most likely, no one's out to steal your Levi's. A top-notch hire? That's another story.
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