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6 Tips for Managing Subordinates

6 Tips for Managing Subordinates

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Not everyone has the leadership abilities of Jack Welch or Steve Jobs, but there are some things everyone in a leadership position can do to improve their relationship with their team. Mutual respect is vital to a leader’s ultimate success so it is important that these six tips are followed by all leaders.

Coach Behind Closed Doors; Praise in Public
Good leaders realize a lot of their success is achieved through the help of others. Instinctively, they seem to understand that their accomplishments are due to their support group so they are careful not to publicly humiliate their valued contributors. Praising in public goes a long way toward instilling confidence in subordinates while coaching behind closed doors maintains the two-way respect built in the relationship. Mistakes are bound to be made but if a leader handles them professionally and appropriately, subordinates will continue to grow and prosper under the leader’s leadership. Remember the phrase “it may be a bad dog, but it’s my dog.”

Top 10 Excuses for Not Making a Dramatic Career Change to Your Dream Job

Top 10 Excuses for Not Making a Dramatic Career Change to Your Dream Job

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Confucius, who had much stronger credentials than I will ever have, shared his thoughts on the subject of career change by remarking, "Find a calling you love and you will never work a day in your life." Unfortunately, few people ever find work that they truly love.

Working at your dream job may sound great, but nevertheless, too good to be true. Perhaps you need some good excuses — besides the ones you already have — to convince yourself that you can’t make the much needed career change to your dream job.

Luckily for you, I can help. I used to be an expert at making excuses and even earned my Masters in Excuse Making. Here are a few gems that even David Letterman would like:

Dynamic Time Management — 10 Magical Ways to Put More Time into Your Life

Dynamic Time Management — 10 Magical Ways to Put More Time into Your Life

Real Success Without a Real Job Book By Ernie J. Zelinski

Time management in the corporate environment is frequently touted as the way to control time and put more of it into our lives. Classical time management doesn't work, however, simply because it supports trying to do more and more in a limited amount of time.

Instead of managing time, you must transcend it. Part of the total time management experience is being able to do your own thing at your own speed. You must take control of your physical and psychic space instead of allowing the distractions of the modern world to influence your lifestyle.

Truth be known, the problem with using traditional time management techniques is that you will still be dedicating a lot of your effort and time into things that are unimportant. If you want a better lifestyle, you must empower yourself with dynamic time management principles instead of traditional ones. Here is a start:

The Six Best Jobs for Working At Home

The Six Best Jobs for Working At Home

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Every day I get email asking me how to find legitimate work-at-home jobs. I have to say this always baffles me because every week I wade through thousands of jobs to find a select few to post in my weekly newsletter. The problem I believe is that people look for the wrong jobs in the wrong places. They often limit themselves to jobs like "typing" or "data entry" that are so rare they might as well give up on the idea of working at home.

My suggestion to them is to find work in areas that are hiring. There are many companies looking for home-based employees to do work that doesn't necessarily require a great deal of experience or education. So why not go after these jobs?

DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS…FOR THE WRONG REASONS: The lessons to business of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker

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As a former CEO of a publicly-traded company, I have watched the emerging revelations of corporate wrongdoing with more than a passing interest. While filled with the same revulsion shared by many to the immoral, illegal and greedy actions of some companies and their leaders, I am also concerned that we not overreact and undercut an economic system that is clearly the best in the world. The fault, my dear readers, is not with the system, but with an abuse of the system. We should also be careful to differentiate between the greedy abuse of the system and the criminal act of looting a company.

As I read attacks on stock options and other forms of incentive compensation, my thoughts parallel the arguments of gun advocates who say, “Guns don’t kill. People kill.” Stock options don’t harm shareholders, greedy people do. Inhibiting or eliminating stock options and other forms of incentive compensation plans will make it more difficult for the greedy to gain, but such action will also reduce the incentive for employees to add to shareholder value. There is nothing wrong with trying to maximize corporate profits, the problem lies in doing it with lies.

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