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How to Make Your Staff Feel Appreciated

Depending on which statistics you look at, almost half of American workers never feel appreciated at work. So in an article for Fast Company, Lydia Dishman shares some quick reminders on how you can keep your team feeling appreciated. Firstly, work on wife-life integration with employees; try to adjust their workflows over time so that the work they are doing agrees with their passions. It shows you are taking an active interest in their happiness …

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Higher Sense of Inclusion Creates Higher Performance

In an article for Forbes, Karen Higginbottom reviews data from a report that surveyed over 1,500 employees from six countries. Among insights garnered, it was found that people who feel more included at work are more likely to suggest new product or process ideas. Interestingly, inclusion was defined as an employee who considered him or herself to be “both similar and distinct” from colleagues; in other words, they felt like they belonged, but they also …

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A Value Proposition for Making Your Employees Feel Valued

If you personalize how you make your team members feel valued, you maximize your chances of creating a fulfilled team. In an article for TLNT, Shea Heaver discusses how to craft your “value proposition.” For starters, do not make yourself the point of reference for how you think others act and think; you might be a big weirdo! Instead, take the time to learn about employees. For example, some people might like a public thank …

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Be a Servant Leader to Make Your People Feel Valued

In an article for Inc., Marcel Schwantes combs the leadership literature and pinpoints three key practices that make employees feel valued. The first of these practices is to simply trust and believe in your people. That means you always emphasize communication, you maintain transparency, and you offer opportunities for employees to further develop. Second—and related—is to respect your people. Increase collaboration wherever possible and demand that everyone is treated with dignity. When collaboration is high, …

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4 Simple Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued

Investments have value. So if you want your employees to feel valued, you need to invest in them. In an article for the Muse, Avery Augustine shares four simple tips to support and empower your people: Recognize your employees’ contributions each time you assign them new work. As they accomplish more (and more challenging) work, they will feel like valued and irreplaceable parts of the company. Bring it to employees’ attention whenever other people have …

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Who’s Being Left Out on Your Team?

Many organizations focus more on ensuring there is workforce diversity than on ensuring there is actual employee inclusion. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carolyn O’Hara discusses how you can increase employee retention by ensuring everyone on your team feels like an important member: Recognize “micro inequities,” which are very slight differences in the way individuals are treated. The example given is that a woman felt excluded because a male colleague only shook hands …

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The More of Less in Projects

I’ve been enjoying the book The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. Mr. Becker says that most of us own too much stuff. And we tire of cleaning and taking care of our possessions. The accumulation of stuff can rob us of life. The author has caused me to think about the clutter in my projects. Do I really need all the stuff? Are all the …

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3 Ways You Can Categorize Project Risks

So you’ve compiled a list of possible project risks. It’s long and thorough, but it’s a bit too long on its own. Categorizing these risks would be the best plan of attack to get them under control, but how would you go about categorizing them? Have no fear. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin has you covered with three different ways to manage your list: Categorize by nature Categorize by level Categorize …

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3 Strategies to Manage Change in Digital Transformation

As digital transformation continues to move forward, we see that it will take a great effort from the people to implement them. Companies need to be able to stick the landing here in implementing these new technologies so their business can continue to grow.  However, there is a lack of confidence in how to achieve the vision the organization is striving for. To aid in this, John Rauschenberger gives some strategies at the Enterprisers Project …

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4 Strategies to Engage with Your Business

As CIOs continue to lead the IT world, the implementation of technology has become an increasingly important part of business. Being able to innovate your company and move to the future is an important part of ensuring success in the modern world. To help with this, ZDNet’s Mark Samuels gives four ways to help engage tech with business: Use your experience to bring innovation to the table. Transfer knowledge between functional teams and departments. Bring …

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4 Tips for Continuous Improvement in Corporate Innovation

Generating new and innovative ideas for your company can require work, timing, and dedication. The key is taking a lightning-in-a-bottle idea and converting it into a battery as you look to continuously improve upon those ideas with new ones. In an article from Computerworld, Nicholas Evans gives some insight into how to approach continuous improvement in corporate innovation: Continuously adjust the sights around innovation as customer needs and market conditions dictate. Incorporate new developments in …

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IT Leaders Need to Stop Blaming Others

Pointing fingers is easy to do when it comes to IT professionals. Budgets, infrastructure, and even fellow colleagues aren’t safe when it comes to complaining. But in the grander scheme of things, this behavior inhibits the ability to recognize changes that are completely within an IT leader’s power to change. To combat this, seven-time CIO Mark Settle explains how IT leaders can stop playing the blame game in an article for CIO.com. Pointers to Progress …

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6 Traits to Identify When Hiring Your IT Project Managers

Project managers, as the name implies, are the managers of a project. But ultimately they’re much more than that. They’re leaders who push their projects forward and teams toward growth. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander covers the six essential traits of a good project manager: Fast learner Conflict resolution skills Exceptional communication Initiative Emotional intelligence Stress management Find the Great Traits A project manager needs to be as adaptable as possible to their …

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Losing Your Decision-Making Bias Is Harder Than You Thought

Bias underscores many of our actions and the actions of businesses in often imperceptible ways. Acknowledging that bias exists is important, but that in itself is not enough to actually reduce its presence. In an article for McKinsey, Tobias Baer, Sven Heiligtag, and Hamid Samandari describe specific processes by which you can “debias” various types of decisions in business. Blind Spots of the Brain The strategies commonly employed to reduce bias in decision-making right now …

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The (Double) Objective of Your Meeting

Today, I would like to talk about a basic topic: knowing the objective of a meeting. Meetings remain an essential part of projects. Whether they are traditional meetings, teleconferences, or virtual meetings, you will need to talk to various persons. Yet meetings can have a bad reputation. They can be viewed as a big waste of time. And indeed, some of them are. I am sure we all can share bad experiences of useless meetings. …

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