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First Time Manager? Don’t Fail – Let the Blanchard Team Make You a Winner

In an economy that is struggling to recover, looking for a job can be challenging – even if you already have one. Many of those jobs involve managing people which puts you in the hot seat not just for your performance, but also for how well your team performs. If this is your first time, you’ll need help.

Reserve your spot now. Register here.

Then Ken Blanchard Group delivers some of the best management advice in the world. They understand stepping into the role of a new manager—or taking on a new group of people is a challenge for even the most seasoned of professionals.

Making the move from an individual contributor to supervising the work of others brings a whole host of new challenges. As a new manager, it can be a confusing time Read More »

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Refreshing the Pro in Your Productivity

This week the U.S. celebrated Labor Day, a holiday that, according to Wikipedia, celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. To my mind, that translates to productivity. But interestingly, on the holiday that marks the end of summer, I came across this interesting piece: “Hey, America: Take a Vacation!

The takeaway: compared to other countries around the globe, Americans not only get less vacation time from their employers, they don’t even use up all their allowances. And yet, as CNN Reporter Fareed Zakariah notes, “America’s growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with America’s new growth is a brutal work schedule.” It really makes you pause.

So this leads me to a series of What Ifs: What if, instead of logging the extreme hours that we do, we used that time to revitalize ourselves—to become more productive in our family relationships; to explore hobbies or creative interests that train our brains to work in new ways; to pursue volunteer opportunities that can contribute to the betterment of others. What if we took time to do things that truly brought us together as fellow citizens to help build stronger communities?

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Is this you? Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers from Mindflash [Infographic]

Source: Mindflash (click on image to visit their site)

Are you one of these managers? The folks at Mindflash have put together dysfunction at-a-glance that is essential reading if you manage people.

See the entire graphic here.

You don’t have to be a bad manager! We have some of the best and brightest – including Ken Blanchard – who have created some terrific WebEx sessions for us on the essentials of good management. These are available to watch at any time, simply click and Read More »

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On-Boarding: How to Shorten Ramp-up Times for Employees

Research shows that when managers get involved the process of bringing a new employee up-to-speed, the new hire learns what they need to know much faster.  That means you get a team member who can deliver results that much sooner.

But how is it done? Find out in this terrific webinar from the Ken Blanchard team.

Register now.

In many organizations, on-boarding is little more than making sure new people feel comfortable in the department. That only gets you so far. Master Certified Coach Madeleine Homan-Blanchard will share three strategies managers Read More »

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In between the Numbers: Fast Followers

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard a retail ICT leader describe himself as “a fast follower.”

Must admit – at least at first blush – there is a lot to admire about fast followers.

They’re risk averse. Not given to over-hyped fads (especially RFID). Careful with the budget. They’re don’t make a scene in management meetings, and accept with a nod the usual flat-to-five-percent down allocation.

And, of course, they’re certainly smart enough to catch up quickly to any big innovation the competition might bring to the industry.

Which leads us to the issue for fast followers in today’s retail climate: Who, specifically, do you follow?

Is it your traditional competition? Circuit City for Best Buy? May Co. for Macy’s? (Oops – guess not.)

Is it the new competition? Amazon for Best Buy? Amazon for Macy’s?

Is it the new tech-shaped shopper? Facebook? Twitter? Smart phones? Does a Best Buy follow Google? Macy’s follow Apple? 

In a retail world that is being completely re-shaped by digital commerce and personal technology, by product commoditization and globalization, the old rules simply don’t apply.

Fast follower?  In this day and age, that means simply being a follower. And nothing more.

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