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Do Employees Really Want Small Talk with the Boss?

Leadership small talk A recent article in the Harvard Business Review disparaged small talk as an effective leadership tool. We disagree. Used judiciously, small talk sets the table for more open, trusting, respectful business conversations between boss and subordinate. Click through for our explanation.

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Your BT Mid-Year Leadership Tune-Up Guide

Leadership Reset Button This year is half done! The time has come to take a breath, take a moment and assess the progress of your leadership journey. How have you grown your leadership ability since January? How have your key New Year resolutions gone? How shall you hit the “reset” button for the second half of 2017? Let’s explore some of the actions you can you take to get your mindsets reset and refocus.

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Unending Onboarding Raises Workplace Productivity

Endless Onboarding Manager All managers who aspire to be great leaders put the needs of their hard-working people first, and keep the energy ad spirit of onboarding going, well past the first 90 days. How best to achieve unending onboarding? We have a few ideas for you. Click on through to find them.

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Which Employee Efficiencies Most Improve Productivity?

Time management graphic Oil rig workers, executive management teams, production line managers, all need to find ways to manage a day better, and find more time for tasks and leadership functions. Recent research done by WebTorials finds that 70% of a typical employee’s day is spent communicating with other humans. Seems like honing interpesonal skills might reap significant rewards! Click through to find out more.

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Leaders: Questions to Ask to Build Employee Relationships

Leadership Questions Those who ask questions and listen to answers learn a lot, and leaders can build more productive relationships thereby. What questions do you ask that work well when you have a chance to talk to employees one-on-one in a more relaxed setting? We have some thoughts to get your own list started.

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Are You Running Continuous Performance Reviews?

Get performance review check-ins on the calendar Performance reviews are only effective if the review process is continuous. One annual, HR-mandated official review is a useless exercise unless it merely the capstone of a year-long process of feedback and development. July is a great time to start that ongoing process. Let's explore a few ways to get started.

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Employees Prefer E-Mail to Face-to-Face Conversations. Why?

e-mail-contact A recent study found that professional people prefer e-mail communications to in-person conversations. Why would they find e-mails more efficient than actual conversations with collaborators? Let's explore a few possible reasons why.

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