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Need more time for strategic thinking? Learn effective delegation!

Posted on: March 5th, 2019 by Valerie Grubb

Chinese philosopher Xun Kuang, 3rd century BCE: Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I learn. Effective delegation can be one of the most difficult skills for managers to learn. On the typical promotion path, an individual contributor does such a great job that he or she is […]

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The Fine Line between Micromanaging and Empowering

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by Valerie Grubb

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”   ~ Steve Jobs Managing employees can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your professional career. It’s awesome to see people who work for you exceed even […]

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My New Year’s Wish for YOU: Make Mistakes!

Posted on: January 1st, 2019 by Valerie Grubb

Happy New Year, everyone! Borrowing the words of the author Neil Gaiman, I offer you this very sincere and most heartfelt wish for 2019: I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Now before you get annoyed at me, think about what that means. It’s great to strive to do your best, […]

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10 Things To Be Thankful for …

Posted on: December 22nd, 2018 by Lisa Kaye

It is time once again to give thanks for all that has transpired this past year. As you gather with friends and family, you may find it tough to give thanks because you are still reeling from the political scene, or maybe you lost someone close to you this year, or you may be in […]

Leading with Gratitude: No Longer just a Hippy-Dippy Theory

Posted on: December 21st, 2018 by Valerie Grubb

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up with more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.   —Oprah Winfrey                    One might argue that of course Oprah feels grateful, because she has everything and is now the wealthiest […]

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Val’s Holiday Survival Guide

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by Valerie Grubb

The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can. —Giada De Laurentiis Good advice Giada…. Regardless of which holidays you celebrate at this time of year (or if you celebrate none in particular), it’s hard not to get swept up in […]

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Network Your Way to Your Next Opportunity

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by Valerie Grubb

These days it seems that every book, blog, or lecture that has anything to do with business mentions the importance of networking. And for good reason: a good network can help people get better (and more interesting) projects, opportunities, and even promotions.

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Managing Conflict in the Office – Part 2 (8 Steps to Resolve Conflict)

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by Valerie Grubb

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.  ~ Ronald Reagan You come into work feeling rested and ready to hit it hard when lo and behold, you encounter one of every manager’s worst nightmares: infighting in your department. Or perhaps one of your employees is having […]

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Managing Conflict in the Office – Part 1

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 by Valerie Grubb

Conflict is drama, and how people deal with conflict shows you the kind of people they are. —Stephen Moyer When two or more people spend time together, they’re bound to come into conflict, and when happens, conflict resolution is in order. But even though conflict is a universal inevitability in the workplace, many managers don’t know […]

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Promoting Respect and Collaboration in the Office

Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by Valerie Grubb

Employees don’t need to be best friends, but there does need to be a level of mutual respect and understanding. —Kathryn Minshew, cofounder and CEO of the Muse In the era of #MeToo, how employees interact with one another has come under greater scrutiny. And for good reason: one recent study by the Workplace Bullying […]

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