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“Empowerment” is one of those buzzwords that has almost lost its impact through years of indiscriminate use. It is, however, a valid management strategy. Let’s take a new look at this old, tried-and-true concept and see how you can make this the year you use empowerment to create a high-performance team.

At the core of empowerment is your willingness to trust your people to make the right decisions without running to you for permission.[…] Continue Reading »

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Breaking bad news — especially when it affects peoples’ lives, careers or jobs — is never easy.[…] Continue Reading »

Managing and coaching are both necessary functions in the corporate world, but they have different purposes and outcomes.

Managing is largely task-oriented and focuses on activities like conducting staff meetings, delegating work assignments, organizing projects, giving feedback, and training employees. Coaching, on the other hand, involves collaboration, motivation, skill development, facilitating relationships and developing people who can contribute to the company’s mission and goals.[…] Continue Reading »

Vision! Steve Jobs had it. Walt Disney had it. George Washington — although less educated than either Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin — saw what this country could become and led the nation to accept his vision and follow him into its future.

As a great boss, you need a clear vision your own company and its future.[…] Continue Reading »

From Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, prominent business leaders have touted the virtues of failure as a pathway to ultimate success. Why? Failure provides a laboratory for learning if it’s done in a safe environment.

Often, it’s a matter of perception. Falling short of a goal could be interpreted as failure. Or it could be seen as an opportunity to create and reach an entirely different goal.[…] Continue Reading »