good management

what to do when 2 people on your team don’t get along

You thought you had a smoothly-functioning team – but now a personal dispute between two staff members is threatening your team’s stability and creating unpleasantness for people around them. What can you do when two people on your team don’t get along? I tackle this question over at Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today. You […]

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how to help staff members step out of their comfort zones

Helping your team members develop their skills can pay off in all sorts of ways: They’ll get better results in their work, be able to shift more and more work from your plate to theirs, and will generally stick around longer and feel more fulfilled when they can see themselves growing professionally. But what do […]

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3 ways to build accountability on your team

If your staff is missing deadlines, not following through on work, not taking responsibility for mistakes, or simply not producing high-quality work, you’ve probably got an accountability problem. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about how to fix it.

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how to manage off-site employees

A reader writes: I’ve recently started managing two employees who work off-site — one from a branch office across the country and one who works from home. I’m used to having my team in the same location as me and I’m uneasy about how to manage well from a distance, especially when it comes to […]

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employers, stop labeling Millennials

If you’ve picked up a newspaper or read a business magazine in the last decade, chances are high that you’ve been bombarded with articles about how the Millennial generation requires different treatment at work from everyone who has come before them. Entire consulting businesses have been built on the idea that employers need to learn […]

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4 keys to building a team that delivers results

Lots of managers are fond of talking about how they’re only as successful as their people. And it’s true — but startlingly few managers (including plenty of the ones who like to repeat this phrase) actually practice the behaviors that should stem from that belief. If you truly believe your success hinges on your team, you should be putting […]

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as a new manager, am I saying “I’m sorry” too much?

A reader writes: I’m a new (2 weeks) manager at a ~50 person company where I’ve worked for years. In trying to adjust to the role, I’m realizing that I’m the sort of person who says “sorry” a lot. I’m not always doing it to take the blame on myself; I’m often doing it because […]

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how to make performance evaluations useful to your team

There’s a reason so many people have come to dread performance evaluations: They’re often handled as an obligatory bureaucratic exercise that takes up far more time than they’re worth – if they have any value at all. But done right, performance evaluations can be truly useful for you and your team. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track […]

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