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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hiring for Diversity

Diversity in the Workplace

This week I’ll address diversity in the workplace from a different perspective than the one you may be used to. In the first tip, I’ll take aim at the competency model, an unexpected barrier to building diversity.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Building a better team retreat: Management Tips

Management Tips

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One of the biggest potential wastes of time and money in corporate America is the team-building retreat. Retreats are rarely well planned well or correctly facilitated. The result is that teams often dread attending retreats, considering them either a waste of time or, best case, merely some “fun time” away from the office. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If handled correctly, team retreats can be productive, educational events that strengthen team bonds and encourage creativity.

My first management tip this week looks at the planning phase of a successful team retreat. It starts with being honest about what the team needs; a dose of fun is always helpful, but it should be bundled with serious, targeted learning. Is your team’s key issue trust? A lack of candor? Greater accountability? Brainstorm on the possible learning areas you could tackle, talk to your team, and choose a relevant topic.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Unsticking your team: Management Tips

Unsticking your team

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Keeping a team at peak performance is tough. You can staff correctly, provide your team with crystal clear directions, and give everyone the resources they need to succeed—but sometimes they’ll still get stuck! When your team’s performance reaches a plateau, you’ve got to refocus on motivating them.

You’ll know a team is stuck when you see no significant progress for weeks on its key goals, principled debate edging toward unproductive arguments, or one or two team members constantly dominating the group’s conversations. If left unaddressed, morale and trust can quickly erode and the overall productivity of your team will flatline.

Don’t worry; you can get your team moving again. That’s the focus of the first tip this week: How to get your team unstuck.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Learn to manage teams for the first time

lynda.com has a new playlist of Business courses aimed especially at those who are managing people for the first time. Whether you’re stepping into management for the first time or simply managing teams at a new company, these courses are designed to help both you and your team add value to your company.

New Manager FundamentalsThinking Like a LeaderManaging TeamsLeading Productive One-on-One MeetingsDelegating Tasks to Your TeamCoaching and Developing EmployeesConflict Resolution Fundamentals

One of my favorite tips from this collection of courses is the “Looking back to move forward” video from Managing Teams, in which author Dr. Todd Dewett reminds us how important it is to look back and discover the history and norms that have been guiding a team and department. It’s also handy to build a concise working record of your team and department’s history: the key players, decisions, successes, and challenges that have made your team what it is today. Think of this as a legacy document that helps you chart your future.

Congratulations on this next step in your career!

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