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No, Your Superstars Don’t Want to Manage Themselves

How much of my management time should I spend on each member of my team? It’s a question many managers have asked themselves at some point. Should they spend more time with the low performers? The average performers? Should they split their time equally among everyone, regardless of performance? (The short answer to that last…

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How to fight overcommitment and be a master collaborator

The world of work has been becoming more complex and uncertain since we began studying it in 1993. But now, of course, that complexity and uncertainty has been magnified by new and unexpected challenges. A lot of the problems to be solved are new. But a lot more of them have been faced and managed…

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There Are Seven Myths Holding Managers Back

Managers today are under more pressure than ever. The pressures of managing a hybrid workforce, navigating increasingly enmeshed cross-functional collaborative relationships, and retaining as many people as possible are really adding up. Plus, managers still have to find time to get their own work done. Yet, the biggest thing getting in the way of most…

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What Is High-Structure, High-Substance Dialogue?

Our research shows that when things are going wrong in a management relationship, almost always, the common denominator is unstructured, low substance, hit-or-miss communication. With the added complications of managing some combination of remote, hybrid, and in-person employees, managers are more prone to low-structure communication than ever. The key is to replace the unstructured, low…

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Guidelines for Managing People Remotely

Remote work is not going away. The hybrid workforce is here to stay. Some people are choosing to work from home indefinitely. Many are working some combination of from-home and in-office. “Remote management” is now a resume must for any leader or supervisor. But if you continue to struggle to manage remotely, you’re not alone….

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Employee Burnout? That Could Be a Sign of Undermanagement

Burnout was first formally recognized by the WHO in 2019, before the rapid transformations of 2020 caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, burnout has only increased in organizations, and it is again coming to employers’ attentions in the midst of the Great Resignation. The WHO defines three symptoms of burnout: Feelings of energy depletion…

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Is the Work Getting Done? Five Ways to Monitor Employee Performance

There are a number of myths that prevent managers from being strong, but one of the most common questions we hear at RainmakerThinking is, “How can I possibly keep track of my employees’ work on a regular basis?” So many managers feel there is simply not enough time for them to effectively monitor each employee’s…

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The proven basics that will make you a better manager

If you’re trying to be a better manager, it’s likely you’re one of the nearly 90% of leaders who are undermanaging. That’s not a judgment, that’s just math. Undermanagement is not a sign of laziness, apathy, or ineptitude. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Most undermanagement is the result of bad advice, the constant churn of…

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Defining careers in today’s workplace

Flexible schedules. Remote positions. Temp and contract work. Careers today, especially in the case of Millennials, are a patchwork of short-term and transactional employment situations. Resumes are less likely to feature one or two long tenures at established organizations and far more likely to feature an array of positions, often concurrent with one another, of…

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Post-pandemic work: What each generation needs for success

If ever there was a generation-defining ‘accident of history’, the Covid-19 pandemic is it. Compared to other recent accidents of history—the 2008 recession, 9/11, ongoing war—Covid-19 has directly impacted far more people, of all ages, on a global scale. Quite literally, everyone is going through this together. We are currently experiencing a classic example of…

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