good management

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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what to do when an employee makes a serious mistake

Assuming that you don’t employ robots, at some point you’ll have employees who make mistakes. (Although if you do employ robots, no need to read further.) Some mistakes are routine – a typo here, a misunderstood instruction there. But what do you do when a mistake is more serious? At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog […]

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first-time manager? here’s what you need to know

If you’re new to managing, the skills that served you well up until this point probably aren’t going to be enough to bring you success managing a team. Managing well requires a whole different set of skills and behaviors. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the five most important things for […]

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are you giving your employees enough feedback?

If you’re a manager, I can tell you with almost total certainty that you don’t give your team members enough feedback. I say this because the vast majority of managers don’t, so you’re not alone. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the three categories of managers who don’t give enough feedback […]

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