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How To Be An Effective Leader & Manager

The One Minute Manager, was written more than 25 years ago. Pause for a moment and think about the changes in the world in the past 25 years. It is a bit mind boggling when you consider the depth and complexity of transformation to our everyday lives. The world has changed and the world of work has certainly changed with it. There are six categories we can glance at that tell the story pretty well: 1.

Finding a Deeper Meaning in Work

While it’s easy to get distracted by our crumbling economy and day-to-day concerns, we shouldn’t lose track of the bigger picture. Ah, September. End of summer. Back to school. And, of course, back to work. But this week, instead of the typical practical DLandroid24 advice, I’d like to reflect on a more lofty subject. (Don’t be frightened. In the next DL24 column, I’ll bring it back down to earth with “The Art of E-Mail.”) Now is
This Job Interview Feels Like an Obstacle Course

This Job Interview Feels Like an Obstacle Course

Now that employers have the power, brace yourself for a tougher screening process. I am not facing the person the recruiter told me I would meet. I am not even in the right department. And this is not how I imagined conducting myself as a high-powered executive on an interview. The hiring manager asks, “Do you know what job you’re interviewing for?” I answer, “No.” He then explains what the company does, something having to do

Vacation And Leave Policies

As summer approaches, many U.S. workers look with envy to their counterparts in other countries. While most Europeans and Asians enjoy an average of more than 35 days off a year, Americans lag far behind with an average of 22 total vacation, holiday and personal days taken annually. Although most employers cannot grant their employees a month off, many are beginning to re-evaluate their vacation and leave policies in light of lifestyle changes and competitive pressures.

Disaster Planning & Recovery: Expecting The Unexpected

The debris of Hurricane Andrew, the ashes of the Los Angeles riots, the mud of the 1993 floods in the Midwest, and California’s major earthquakes vividly remind us of the toll – both emotional and monetary – that disasters can wreak on business. While you can’t stop the physical forces of nature, you can plan ahead to mitigate their devastation. Thinking about disasters before they hit can help save a company’s resources, protect the safety of

Boosting Employee Morale

When consultant Roger E. Herman hears small business owners complain that “people go where the money is,” he quickly retorts: “False! All the studies show otherwise.” He points to a Robert Half International survey which demonstrates that “compensation is not the predominant reason why people leave their jobs for supposedly greener pastures.” Instead, asserts Herman, “People are hungry for opportunities to grow into their jobs. They crave advancement, both in position and stature, and in responsibility