This article will help you build a culture of mutual support where all employees feel engaged and determined to excel.

As a front-line manager you have a critical responsibility to keep your staff motivated to do their best on the job. Your employees rely on you for instruction and direction and they want to know their efforts are appreciated. …

Your boss wants to meet and you think you’re in trouble. I’ll give you a manager’s perspective on how to approach this meeting.

Your boss has asked you to meet with them, and you don’t know what to expect. Maybe they asked something vague like “can I talk to you for a minute?”, or sent you a calendar invite with a subject like “quick chat” or “update”. Perhaps they’ve let you know that…

Whether you plan to be a millionaire or a hermit in the woods, success requires goals linked to Principles and Core Values.

Personal effectiveness is often defined as one’s ability to set and achieve goals. This sounds simple, it’s only two things. However, the step that people struggle with is setting effective goals in the first place. This is often because they haven’t yet defined and fully understood their principles and core…

Management and unions may never see perfectly eye-to-eye, but knowing and trusting your resources can get you close.

In an ideal working world, unions and management would exist together in a symbiotic relationship. The needs of employees would be brought forward by reasonable union representatives, and an understanding management team would respond by providing fair, reasonable compromises and solutions. …

Proactive habits will help you achieve your ideal future, whether that be career growth, early retirement, or any other goal.

Successful people — by any measure — are proactive. They think about what they want their future to look like, and they take steps now to make that vision become reality. This is true, whether you aspire to become a successful business-person, the President, or a minimalist cottage-dweller.

Proactive behavior…

Learn the basics of ‘management language’ to avoid being lost or sounding foolish in your next big meeting.

When you’re promoted from the frontlines into your first manager role, you immediately become immersed in ‘management language’. These are words and expressions that come up in every meeting, one-on-one, and strategic planning session, and you’ll be expected to understand them.

And unfortunately for you (and indeed for all of…

KPIs are used in every business, but few use them effectively. This article will show you how to KPIs the right way.

In any strategic planning meeting, coaching session or performance review, you’ll likely discuss KPIs. You might hear them referred to as ‘performance metrics’, ‘fundamentals’, or my favourite, ‘the numbers’. No matter what your team calls them, we’re all talking about the same thing: Key Performance Indicators.

The trouble is, if…

Internal communication makes or breaks companies. Learn to use a Manager’s greatest communication tool, the 1-on-1 Meeting.

The relationship between a manager and their employees is a cornerstone of an organization’s culture. 1-on-1 meetings are the means through which these relationships are built.

Research shows that employees who have regular meetings with their managers are three times more likely to feel engaged in their work. Despite this…

A whole lot of us have suddenly found ourselves working from home. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Technological advancements, gig work, and our current global pandemic mean that a lot more people are working from home. Perhaps you’re thrilled about this, or perhaps you’re terrified. Either way is reasonable.

A central workplace gives you a regular schedule, coworkers to talk to, and a boss to hold you…

The gig economy is growing, tuition fees are rising, and more people are looking to self-made entrepreneurs for inspiration. Is College still a ‘no-brainer’?

There’s a growing movement of people asking the question “is college worth it?”, and for good reason. As of May 2018, 88% of graduates from for-profit colleges had loans with an average debt of $40,000. Almost 50% of them default on their loans. (source) On top of that, according to…

Chris Bergen

Award-winning manager | Top Writer in Leadership and contributor at The Startup, The Helm and more | I’m into 80’s metal, Sci-Fi and Fitness 🤟🏼

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