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Here's Why Employees Probably Don't Understand Your Vision

When I go into organizations and I ask the employees “tell me why your team exists?” the most frequent response I hear is “I don’t really know.” This certainly isn’t great news, but it does help clarify one of my recent research findings that only 23% of employees say their leader always communicates their vision clearly. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 07 March, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Presentation Style?

Posted by Mark Murphy on 06 March, 2017 Communication Skills, Presentations, Quizzes | 1 comment | Read more →

Video: Say 'Thank You' To Your High Performers During Performance Reviews

Here's a frightening statistic: Only 14% of employees think that performance appraisals are useful! And high performers are especially unhappy with their reviews.
Why? Because most managers don't offer even a simple 'thank you' to their high performers. And if they do say 'thank you' it's usually vague nonsense like 'nice job' or something equally non-specific.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 02 March, 2017 Communication Skills, Performance Appraisal, Video | 1 comment | Read more →

Stop 'Shirking' When You Give Constructive Criticism

To be a great leader, you can’t fear being seen as the bad guy/gal. And I’m not just talking about obvious ‘bad guy/gal’ situations like telling someone “you’re fired” or “you’re not getting a raise this year and here’s why.” I’m also talking about simple situations like telling someone “I need you to change the way you submit that form.”
Posted by Mark Murphy on 27 February, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Performance Appraisal | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: A Time Management Tip That Can Cut 17 Minutes Off Meetings

Here's a very simple time management tip that can cut 17 minutes from most meetings you sit in: have a Statement of Achievement. What is that? Well, we did a survey recently. We asked people coming out of meetings: "The meeting you were just in, did it accomplish its original objective?" 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 23 February, 2017 Time Management, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

One Simple Tool For Controlling Loudmouths In Your Team Meetings

Have you ever been in one of those team meetings, virtual or face-to-face, where a few big personalities just dominate the space? They usually talk louder than everyone else, and if the boss or team leader isn’t speaking, all you hear are their thoughts, their ideas, their yeas and their nays. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 February, 2017 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

6 Big Gripes About Meetings (And How To Fix Them)

When I ask leaders, “What’s the No. 1 thing that wastes your time and hinders your productivity?” the nearly universal answer is “meetings.” Whether it’s wasteful meetings that don’t resolve anything, meetings where everybody talks just to hear themselves speak or meetings where decisions never get made, meetings are often hated and typically wasteful.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 February, 2017 Forbes, Meetings | 0 comments | Read more →

This Script Can Stop A Micromanaging Boss

Working for a micromanager can be demoralizing. It’s hard to be confident and motivated when your boss is so obsessed with control that they hover over your every move. But typically, the boss’s micromanaging behavior has less to do with your actual performance and much more to do with their own anxiety.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 February, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: Effective Communication with an Impatient Boss

Effective communication with an impatient boss is far less challenging if you know their preferred communication style. One simple way to distinguish communication styles is how linear people are. Here's what that means. Some people are very linear. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 15 February, 2017 Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

How To Say No When Your Boss Wants You To Work All Weekend To Complete A Project

Imagine that it’s Friday afternoon and your boss walks over to your desk and tells you the following:
Boss: I need you to come into work this weekend to help finish the Johnson proposal.
You: When is it due?
Boss: Monday at noon. We hoped to have it done today (Friday) 

Posted by Mark Murphy on 14 February, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

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