I don’t believe that “rah-rah” speeches motivate people.  In my experience, the more effective route is to hire people who are intrinsically motivated to do great work and then do everything possible not to de-motivate them. Few things demotivate people faster than working with a supervisor they don’t trust. Why is trust so important?  When…

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Most of us never ask ourselves this question.  Supervisors are expected to be better at juggling than clowns riding unicycles at the circus,  so how many actually have time for deep contemplation about supervisory style? However, success in any area of life is preceded by focusing on the things that you want.  If you aren’t…

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As a busy person with a lot on your plate, you might find yourself wondering, “Why should I bother with writing job descriptions? They take too much time to write and are too constraining for a growing, flexible business. Aren’t they just unnecessary bureaucracy?” In reality, when well-designed, these brief one to two-page documents can…

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