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Get your audience involved

November 11, 2020
Use these tactics to encourage audience involvement and hold its attention during your presentations.

Does she deserve a raise?

November 11, 2020
Q: I’ve been informed by some insiders that my administrative assistant is not happy with her salary. She has not approached me, but since I know what her tasks are and how she performs them, as well as what the going rate is for an admin in our market, she is compensated fairly. What can I tell her if she hits me up for a raise?

Don’t tolerate sloppy writing

November 11, 2020
Q. My younger employees don’t seem to care about grammar or punctuation in their correspondence. I’ve asked them to proofread their writing before sending it off, but I’m getting the impression that they don’t feel that’s important. What should I do?

Show your leadership with one question

November 11, 2020
A simple question can enhance your credibility as a leader and let employees know that you have confidence in their skills: “How can I help?”

Turn spats into constructive dialogues

November 11, 2020
Office conflicts don’t have to be destructive. For example, imagine that two employees disagree over the best way to complete a task or solve a problem, can’t resolve their quarrel, and dump it in your lap. To help these two get back to work quickly, try this approach.

Be aware of attitudes during upheaval

November 11, 2020
When a major change such as a merger or reorganization is near, employees will initially react to it based largely on how they believe it will affect them personally. Check out the three typical responses and ideas for appealing to the employees they apply to.

Be charitable, but be vigilant

November 11, 2020
Office drives to raise money for charities aiding disaster victims around the world are surely worthwhile. However, to make sure that your and your employees’ efforts and dollars are put to good use, check out charities before you trust them.

Don’t outgrow your roots

November 11, 2020
Being promoted or moving ahead brings new demands. But don’t move so fast that you abandon the relationships you’ve built. Though you’ll make new contacts, the odds are good that you’ll need your old contacts as well. Keep these groups in mind.

Plan for a new manager’s role

November 11, 2020
The creation of a new management post is a positive sign—your organization is growing and hiring more people. So you need to design the position with care in order to sustain your progress.

Are you on an ethical path?

November 11, 2020
The decisions you make not only have to be good for business, they should be ethical as well. To make that happen, you’ve got to think through every decision and be sure you cover the relevant ethical issues. These questions, based on a checklist, can help you provide the appropriate level of scrutiny.