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Change Agents: Know Thy Audience

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The 5 Questions You Need to Ask to Win Hearts and Minds Faster. Change agents and their ideas are the life force of organizations.

The Difference Between Dreamers and Doers

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4 techniques that separate doers and achievers from dreamers. In many ways, setting goals is similar to dreaming of success – goals are desired outcomes. But achieving goals (and with them, success) is infinitely harder and more complex.

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5 Ways to Manage Stress on the Job

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While too much stress isn’t good, the sensation of stress is an important business signal -- it can help us identify what needs our attention. Deidre's Blog

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Be Fearless About Feedback

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Giving and getting feedback can be emotionally charged, which inhibits giving it and may reduce our ability to put feedback we receive into practice. By viewing feedback as learning and leading opportunities, we maximize career and team velocity. Deidre's Blog

Turbocharge Your Talent with Real-time Feedback & Drive Tangible Results

Download the eBook “Real-time Feedback, Tangible Results” to learn 8 awesome tips designed to help you tap into the power of “anytime/anywhere feedback” and the benefits it can bring to your organization.

Getting to the Truth of What Motivates Millennials at Work

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Invest on developing talented young people: you will be developing the next great workforce. Develop Your Management Skills

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The Five Things Great Bosses Do

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In honor of Boss's Day, this fun infographic celebrates great bosses and the five things they do that make their teams and their organizations very successful. Develop Your Management Skills

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Start With Trust When Coaching

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Executive coach and guest velocity guru Beth Armknecht Miller offers her sage advice on how to cultivate your coaching skills to motivate employees for great achievement in your organization. A coach is someone who instructs and trains a team or person.

6 Hallmarks of High Performing Teams

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Great Teams Exhilarate -- What Sets Them Apart? There is nothing quite like the sensation and satisfaction of being on a high performing team. I’ve had this luck and pleasure a number of times in my career, but it’s rarer than I’d like.

Are You Closing Candidates and Getting Them Onboarded Efficiently?

Once you choose a candidate to hire, the real work begins of trying to get them to accept your offer. And even if they do, you still need to get them onboarded efficiently. Are you doing a good job managing these steps? Take a 30-second assessment for a free evaluation of your job offer and onboarding processes.

Want to be more successful? Set goals.

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People with goals achieve more and are more successful -- a lot more successful -- than peers without them, whether they’re scientists, students, or corporate execs. Organizations whose employees are actively engaged in goal achievement have 3x greater operating margins in any given year than companies with lower engagement levels. If you’re not in the habit of setting and measuring goals for your team, then doing so can seem like added complexity. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Don’t Just Assess Your Team’s Performance; Cultivate It

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3 tips for increasing the competencies, capabilities, and satisfaction of your team. It's a good time to consider our roles as managers in helping people achieve their potential.

The Difference Between Getting Things Done and Having a Meaningful Impact

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5 Career Velocity Strategies. There is a lot of discussion about productivity, but I’ve always preferred the term velocity. I’ve found that my velocity to goal determines my career velocity.

How to Create Team Synergy and Keep It Going

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The word "synergy" sounds exciting, especially when it's associated with designing a product. And no doubt, synergy within team dynamics is absolutely essential. But what exactly is synergy? And how does it affect every aspect of your enterprise? Does Your Team Have Synergy?

Use OKRs To Achieve Bold Goals

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Do your objectives inspire your team or fall flat? Objectives and Key Results or OKRs have helped hyper-growth Internet companies like Google achieve phenomenal success. They combine ambitious, qualitative goals and quantitative success measures with weekly execution and accountability cadence.

The Path To Creating A High-Performing Resilient Organization

Leaders who practice 'active listening' across the organization will tap into a wealth of actionable insight that would otherwise be difficult to access. Enabling and encouraging people to communicate inclusively and transparently helps to cultivate a 'listening culture'.

6 Lessons for a First Time Manager

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These six tips can help you quickly transition to a great manager of a high velocity team. Congratulations, you’re a manager! Your performance, hard work, and commitment made you great at your job, but now your job is managing a team.

Build on Strengths, Avoid Weaknesses

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Enhance your team's productivity through strength-based coaching. New research suggests that more than fixing flaws, managers should be concerned with building on strengths. Develop Your Management Skills

Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

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3 Magic Words That Will Change Your Leadership Performance. Our verbal and listening habits have a direct effect on our productivity and our professional outcomes. These engagement habits can lead to wasteful debates over false choices and choke off relevant business facts.

5 Techniques to Improve Agility and Velocity

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Functional boundaries and formal hierarchies that served us well for decades now inhibit our organization’s ability to compete with more nimble competitors.

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The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

Three Steps to Grow Your Personal Brand and Build Happiness

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Are you building career velocity? Everyone understands why businesses need a solid brand — it distinguishes the company and conveys its essence. But brands are not just for big companies. The people who take the time to build their personal brand stand out in a crowd of talent.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

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More hours doesn’t always equal better results. The moment you step up to true leadership is the moment you decide to no longer tolerate obstacles. You become an alchemist, deeply committed to transforming anything that stands in your way.

The Art of the OKR

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A Template for Masterful Goal Achievement. Execution and velocity guru Christina Wodtke on the art of the OKR—the achievement model behind high growth Silicon Valley companies.

How to Embrace Failure and Make It Work In Your Favor

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3 ways to use fear and failure as assets. We all know failure isn’t the end of the world, but it is not easy to embrace. Without clear thinking, fear of failure and failure itself can undermine our leadership styles, performance, judgment and even our happiness.

Why Classic Organizational Design Fails to Support a Culture of Innovation

Corporate America’s iconic brands are struggling to retain market share and improve collaboration against a rising tide of more agile competitors. But companies will continue to lose these battles unless they upgrade their vastly outdated operating systems based on command-and-control structures. It’s time to build your team of teams.

Connect, Calibrate and Coach: A Simple Formula for Great 1on1s

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If you lead a team, coaching people and giving regular feedback-- positive and constructive-- is part of the job. Prioritizing 1on1s and doing the "soft stuff" that builds morale, culture and people are strategic elements of leadership. If you hesitate to give feedback for fear of being the "bad guy", put your people’s success in front of the need to be liked-- 57% of employees prefer corrective feedback and 72% say their performance would improve with more feedback.

Managing, Mentoring and Working with Millennials

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5 Management Tips to Bridge Differences.

An Execution Framework for Achieving Ambitious Goals

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3 essentials for high cadence, high impact execution. While annual planning and performance reviews are very structured processes, most organizations don’t have structured models for managing execution and goal achievement between plan and review.

5 Steps to Stellar Year-End Reviews (even after this mid-year review moment!)

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It’s mid-year review time and if you're like many people, you haven’t thought about goals in 5.5 months. Not a great moment for manager or team member, but it’s a common one. Mid-year reviews are a painful reminder of how far apart work and goals can drift and how little traditional performance management helps people perform at their best. Just 7% of employees understand their goals and what they need to do to achieve them.

7 Steps to Attract and Engage More Candidates

Want to improve the candidate experience of your job application and drive more candidates to apply? This guide covers: presentation of your careers page and jobs, length and complexity of your online application, application technology, and candidate acknowledgement.

500 Billion Reasons to Help Managers Be More Effective Leaders

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Are disengaged employees actively undermining the value created and customers acquired by their more engaged peers? There is a tremendous engagement and execution gap in companies today.

2015: Leadership Leap Year

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During this time of year, it is traditional to reset personal goals and dream up new ones: What do you want to accomplish? What steps and actions will you take to achieve your goals? How do you want to engage with team members and colleagues?

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Team Up for High Performance

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Our team is smart, fast, fun and diverse. That diversity makes for a better product and team. Rather than an echo chamber with a single perspective, we have diverse experiences – and our share of loud debates and laughs as a result.

What If We All Thought Like Olympic Athletes?

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What if we practiced 90% of the time and only performed 10% of the time? That's what elite athletes do.

Getting the Org Chart to Deliver Your Strategy (Hint: No Restructuring Involved)

Driving your strategy isn't a matter of moving your org chart around (i.e. restructuring); it involves shifting the way your employees and leaders think and collaborate—so you can harness the power of a startling and dramatic new way of doing business.

Introducing Workboard Elite App

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New Workboard Elite app makes it easy for managers to set and achieve their goals by linking goals, work, progress transparency and feedback together. Your team's actions, real time priorities and progress will always align to your business goals and metrics. Develop Your Management Skills

4 Tips for Keeping Your Balance in the Year-End Blitz

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Work stresses people out, especially during calendar fourth quarter. And during the holiday season, almost 70% of people report additional stress from lack of time and money. These 4 tips can help you achieve more success and enjoy more holiday bliss amidst the work blitz. Deidre's Blog

Use your time wisely — you don't have as much of it as you think!

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3 tips for using the time you have to make the biggest impact. Time is the greatest lever we have to achieve business goals, yet most leaders don’t measure how it’s spent or manage it as scarce capacity.

When It Comes to Setting Goals, Less is More

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3 tips for managers to set, stick to and achieve business goals. It's a few weeks into a new quarter and the second half of the year, so now is a great time to self-assess accomplishments on last quarter's goals and double down for great execution the rest of the year.

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Guide to Lean Hiring

It's undeniable: over the years, hiring processes have become more complex. In many ways, this shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, the work that most of us do has become more sophisticated But does complexity really lead to better, faster hires? Of course not. In fact, many smart organizations have started a trend, a return to simplicity, that allows them to compete for talent more efficiently. This trend is called lean hiring. Download the Guide to Lean Hiring and develop a systematic approach to recruiting that increases productivity while eliminating waste.