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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If Your Team Hates Change ... Then You're Doing It Wrong

leading through change doesn't have to be painful

Everyone says that people don’t like change. While it’s true that some people are more open to change than others, it’s neither accurate nor useful to assert that people in general resist change.

Here’s the truth: People hate bad change.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Are You a Creator — or an Innovator?

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In this week’s Management Tips, I tackle a very common mistake: thinking that creativity and innovation are the same thing. They are not. They are related and complementary.

Understanding how they differ — and whether you’re a creator or an innovator — will give you more peace, clarity, and understanding about your role at work.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Are You Afraid of Business Risks? Then You’re Missing Out

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There’s no shortage of managers asking their employees for new and improved work products. They shout for creativity, change, and innovation. But the unfortunate truth is that most of then don’t really mean it.

They do want great new ideas, new products and services, and clever solutions to the problems you face. They just don’t want to deal with what always comes first: trials and error, mistakes, and half-baked attempts.

All of which represent business risks — and managers just can’t stand risk.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IQ Isn't Everything: Managing Your Emotions at Work

Managing emotions at work is a key to success

Success at work has a lot to do with your IQ—your intelligence or general cognitive ability. It’s a solid predictor of good performance and other positive behaviors in the workplace.

But as I’ll tell you in this week’s Management Tips, there are two problems with focusing on IQ alone.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stuck in a Creative Rut? Bust Out of Your Daily Routine

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Here’s an odd truth: The very routines that make your day bearable are killing your creative capacity.

We all rely on thousands of daily routines to navigate our basic tasks: the order of our morning routines, the clothes we choose to wear, the place where we buy our morning coffee, the route we drive to work, the people with whom we eat lunch, and so on.

The result? Decreased creative thought. The more we rely on our automatic processes, the less we are actually thinking something through; there’s no real opportunity for new insight.

But you can change that.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Management Tips: The Myth of Creative Genius

The myth of creative genius at work

At some point, every leader thinks, “My team needs a little more creativity!” Then they start looking for a “creative genius” to promote or hire. This isn’t completely illogical, but it’s definitely unproductive.

In this week’s Management Tips, we’ll address the myth of creative genius—the notion that only a few lucky souls out there are truly creative and that we can benefit from this fact if we can only find them.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Off to a Bad Start with the New Boss? We Can Help

What if you hate the new boss?

Sometimes in your professional life, you’ll have the privilege of breaking in a new boss. The old one retired, got promoted, or left the company and there’s a new leader in town.

This week in Management Tips, we’ll cover one scenario you might face: You meet the new boss and quickly you realize the team can’t stand him.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Successful Presentations: It's All in the Delivery

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Bad news: Even if your presentation content is perfect, it doesn’t mean you’ll give a good presentation.

It’s entirely possible for you to have all the facts straight, good structure and flow, and engaging visuals—yet still fail to engage your audience.

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