Category Archives: Bud to Boss Take 5

Ignite team members’ passion

Problem: Lately, your team members have been doing fine, but you know they could do much better. Employees are meeting goals, but they’re not exceeding them. They’re showing up at meetings, but they’re not contributing innovative ideas. No one’s had a particularly bad attitude, but no one seems excited about their work either. What can you do to fire up your people? Continue reading

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Handle an employee’s outburst with dignity

Problem: One of your team members has done something wrong—missed a major deadline, spoke rudely to a customer, bullied a teammate or something similar—and, because you’ve made a commitment to stop avoiding conflict, you know that you must address the issue. However, when you speak with the person about the behavior, you’re shocked that the employee reacts by crying or shouting. How do you handle that kind of unprofessional meltdown? … Continue reading

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Stop avoiding conflict

Your organization uses 360-degree feedback, gathering input from everyone with whom you work, and the comments you received in your last evaluation surprised you. Although you received a good amount of praise, a number of people offered the same criticism: They felt you were “too conflict-averse.” Now you’re worried that you’re coming across as a pushover or someone who can’t handle difficult situations … Continue reading

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Master valuable negotiation techniques

Influence and authority aren’t automatically granted with promotions and pay raises. You have to earn the respect of your team and your boss before they will trust and buy in to your ideas. Fortunately, there are negotiation techniques that you can use to speed the buy-in process. Follow these tips to gain your team’s and supervisor’s trust and respect … Continue reading

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Guide your team to be punctual

Guide your team to be punctual Problem: Multiple members of your staff are often late. Some show up late for work. Others wander into the room after you’ve begun a meeting. A few take extended lunch breaks. You worry that this … Continue reading

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Insist on a courteous work environment

Insist on a courteous work environment Problem: Lately it feels as though you’ve been inundated with employees’ complaints about their co-workers’ lack of common courtesy. One person complained about people leaving dirty dishes in the break room sink. Another grumbled about … Continue reading

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Gain buy-in from change resisters

Gain buy-in from change resisters Problem: When you were promoted to your management position, you were excited to shake things up and bring some much-needed changes to your department and organization. You quickly learned, however, that some members of your staff … Continue reading

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