When you begin leading a new business or take on a new leadership role in a business, you will usually be relatively inexperienced in the cut-and-thrust of business activities. Because of your lack of experience, you will go into business with the wrong people, hire the wrong people, and get involved with the wrong people at many levels.
This is normal and natural and to be expected in the beginning. The key is to always be growing, as a person and as a leader. As you continue to grow and learn, it will reflect in all parts of your life and in business. … Read more
SMART goals are absolutely essential to motivating employees for people in management roles. Using them will help you create an environment where they can win, and feel like winners.
The 10/90 rule in smart goal setting says that the first 10% of the time that you spend developing absolute clarity about what is to be done will save you 90% of the time once you begin. It can also save you 90% of the mistakes, the costs, and the time of other people involved.
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In the last fifty years, researchers studying the methods of motivating employees and building great teams have found that the single most important motivator turns out to be “clear expectations.” When employees are asked to describe the best jobs they ever had, they invariably say, “I always knew exactly what my boss expected.”
When researchers looked for the foremost demotivator in the world of work, they found that it was the flip side of the biggest motivator. It was the “unclear expectations,” or employees “not knowing what was expected” of them…. Read more