Yes, you have to ask for a raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, gave some spectacularly bad advice to a group of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix. He said: "It's not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along," I was originally supposed to be at this event, and it's probably a good thing that my plans changed because, I think I would have had to be physically restrained to not run up on the stage and shout, "He's wrong! Please don't do this!". This is bad advice for anyone, not just women. A few weeks ago I made this short video as part of my Continue Reading

The dreaded holiday party

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I have thought about this for years, and I finally decided to write about this because several people have approached me already this year about dreading their work, holiday party. So I’m going to say it: Most people hate your holiday party. Consider these 3 groups in your organization To the executives and the people [...]

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Commitments, Deadlines & Employee Motivation

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This month’s webinar was on the topic of Motivation, Commitments and Deadlines. If you missed it, you can download the recording. This is a very useful webinar to download if you want to: Get your team executing better, and more consistently Become more comfortable discussing and sticking to deadlines Learn how to enforce consequences without [...]

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5 kinds of help successful people get

5 kinds of help

Image: 1. The Extra Team Really successful people are successful because they get a lot of help, not because they are so good on their own that they don’t need help! It’s important to think about how you work and learn. If you are not reaching out for extra knowlege and support, you will [...]

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What a manager must communicate…

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Operation vs. Communication Tools Your team creates all kinds of reports, spread sheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation. Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function — but please don’t inflict them on others! Your “inside voice” These reports are your [...]

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