Tag Archives: Team Building

How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

Managers in different parts of the world are conditioned to give feedback in drastically different ways. A Chinese manager learns never to criticize a colleague openly or in front of others, while a Dutch manager learns always to be honest and to give the message straight. Americans are trained to wrap positive messages around negative

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Doing the Same Work Over and Over Again Might Make You Less Ethical

One of the many things managers worry about is employees breaking the rules. Evidence suggests that such behavior is widespread, and it can have devastating consequences. Companies have tried many different ways to limit unethical behavior – creating codes of conduct to implementing ethical training, but these interventions are often criticized for being ineffective. This may be because they’re

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How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work or a senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. So, what do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you? How do you decide, whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should you

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The Urgent vs. The Important

“I get completely caught up in fire-fighting and can’t find the time to advance my longer-term priorities.”-  It’s a common managerial wailing. We all have either used it ourselves or have heard people around us use it at work. The frustration one feels, when ‘the urgent’ crowds out ‘the important’ is something we all have

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How humor makes you a better boss

Humor in business is considered frivolous. It dilutes the message. Business is about achievement, productivity, making money, accomplishing tangible things. However, we as human beings learn best in moments of enjoyment, and by personal experience. Thomas Wright, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Nevada, thinks that it helps to laugh. He has

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When Being a Humble Leader Backfires

There is a paradox when it comes to what we expect in leaders. On one hand, we believe that effective leaders display humility — they bring out the best in others, are open to admitting their shortcomings and mistakes, and give appreciation and credit to their followers. On the other hand, there is no shortage of

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How to Improve Employee Engagement in India

There is a lot of research – most of it from the West, on what keeps employee engagement high. While there is truth to all that research of understanding an employee’s intrinsic motivation – their values, personal vision aspirations etc., but let’s try to understand what is it that keeps people really happy, loyal, committed,

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How to build trust and improve team work with Colleagues You Rarely See

When you exchange pleasantries with a co-worker in the elevator, the two of you are building trust. Face-to-face meetings, office parties, and opportunities to socialize together after work-hours can all contribute to the feeling that your fellow employees will be reliable in what they say and do, and that they will act for the good

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How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

Many people think of employee engagement as a relatively new idea, though scientists have been studying it for years. William Kahn first introduced the term in 1990, defining it as “the degree of psychological identification employees experience with their job role or work persona.” He noticed that organizations tend to overlook the influence that everyday

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How and Why to adopt citizenship behavior

Research shows that when employees are willing to go beyond their formal roles by helping out coworkers, volunteering to take on special assignments, introducing new ideas and work practices, attending non-mandatory meetings, putting in extra hours to complete important projects, and so forth, their companies are more efficient and effective. As a result, a critical

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