Giving feedback to Millennials

My friend Ryan Jenkins posted a great YouTube video on the best way to give feedback to a Millennial. Many Boomer managers and GenX managers have struggled with this. Even Millennial managers may have a problem in giving feedback. We have done them a disservice by rewarding them for everything, and as you will hear …

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Three Great Tips to Make Others Feel More Important

As a manager or an HR professional it is often important to connect with employees as well as you can. Making people feel important is one good way to make that connection. Here are three great tips for making others feel important. Tip #1Take Notes These tips come from 7 Tips for Making Other People …

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Five for Friday: Interesting Reading for the Forward-Thinking HR Manager

  Welcome. I am glad that you consider yourself to be a forward-thinking HR manager. As someone who likes to be aware of things beyond the realm of HR I like to read interesting items that don’t directly tie into HR but could information that might have some relevance at some point in the future. …

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Two Tips to Being a Better Listener

  Listening, really listening is probably the weakest skill for many managers. HR managers are no exception. Quite often while listening we are already formulating what our response is going to be and thus we do not hear the rest of what is said. Here are two tips that will make you a better listener. …

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One Key Tip to Giving Useful Feedback

We get and give feedback all the time. Sometimes it is solicited, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it is tied to a specific act, other times it covers multiple acts. Regardless here is the one key tip to giving useful feedback. “It starts with looking someone in the eye, with having a direct one on …

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Leadership Notes from a "Good to Great" Company

I had the opportunity to hear John G. Rice, Vice Chairman of GE, speak on leadership. GE is one of the companies Jim Collins wrote about in “Good to Great”. In fact Rice’s introducer said it is the only remaining company written about that continues to excel. Rice talked about GE in general, his schedule …

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