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Where Do You Spend Your Time?

The theory goes that you spend your time where you receive the greatest return. Successful salespeople, for example, focus their time and attention on customers who buy, or will buy, the most products from them. However, this principle appears to take a different turn
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How to Identify Leadership Potential in Others

One of the most critical responsibilities of a leader, regardless of their level, is to identify and nurture potential successors. This task becomes particularly crucial for small to mid-sized companies, where the pool of potential leaders is limited. While it’s common for companies to
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Make Your Organization A Place Where People Want to Work

Today’s job market is tight, and you’ve likely noticed the pool of talented candidates applying for your job openings is shrinking. So, what can you do to stand out and create an environment that entices skilled professionals to join your team? Promote a vibrant
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Bad Hires Can Be Harmful to Your Reputation

Hiring decisions are among the most important decisions you will make as a manager. Staff that you hire not only contribute to daily operations but can also influence the culture, direction, reputation, and profitability of the organization. In fact, a single bad hiring decision—especially
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How to Transform Underperforming Employees into Productive Team Members

No organization can afford to tolerate underperforming employees. Unfortunately, many managers hesitate to address performance issues promptly, hoping they will resolve themselves. However, this inaction can have serious consequences. Here are eight reasons for underperformance and possible actions you can take as manager to
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How to Separate the Gems from the Pretenders

Have you ever started interviewing an applicant only to realize in the first moment or two that this person isn’t at all suited for the job? And you start to wonder: How did this person get screened into the interview process? Did they fabricate
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Better Reference Checks Lead to Better Hires

Like many parts of the hiring process, reference checking is a quagmire. Worries about potential legal issues due to negative references often lead employers to provide only basic information to reference checkers. However, we all agree that checking references is vital before extending a
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Create a Workplace Employees Will Not Want to Leave

We all know turnover can be costly and disruptive, leading to decreased productivity and lower morale. Which is one of the reasons why companies want to hold on to their brightest and best employees. So why don’t most companies notice that an employee is
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How to Reject a Job Applicant Politely and Professionally

As an employer, one of the most challenging aspects of the hiring process is delivering bad news to job candidates. Unfortunately, not all applicants can be offered a job, and the reality is that many will be rejected. However, it’s important to handle these
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Uncouple Performance Discussions from Pay Discussions

Performance reviews and compensation have long gone hand in hand. One of the original purposes of annual performance reviews was to determine who got raises and how much. But over the years, more insight has been developed into the connection between pay, performance, and
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