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Visit People Where They Work

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“By John Baldoni, of SmartBrief.com”

Visiting with employees in their work space is a good habit that not only shows respect but also allows the leader the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at how the work is going.

At the same time, a leader’s time is valuable; she must ration it carefully so here are some suggestions for when to visit a subordinate. So here are four reasons to do it:

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Find Your Google Resume

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“By Susan P. Joyce, of Job-Hunt.org”

Yes, you DO have a “Google Resume,” whether you know it or not. And whether or not you are paying attention.

I’m not talking about your Google Plus profile or a resume you submit to Google for a job there. Your Google resume is what recruiters, and others, find when they search Google for your name.

Famous author Richard N. Bolles, who writes the classic best seller “What Color Is Your Parachute?” stated in 2009 —

“Google is the new resume.”

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These Six Companies Are Tackling The Summer Slump In Unique Ways

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“By Stephanie Vozza, of FastCompany.com”

When the sun is shining and the temperatures rise, the last place many of us want to be is inside an office working. That’s why productivity drops and absenteeism rises during summer months, according to a recent study. Tina Hamilton, president of the human resources outsourcing firm myHR Partner calls it “summer slacker syndrome.”

“It doesn’t matter if a company is in its busy or slow time, employees are going on vacation or doing vacation-type things during the weekend,” she says, adding that it can be especially challenging for those in the North or Midwest, where summer is a short 12-week window. “It’s hard to come back and get into a fast-paced environment.”

Instead of fighting the season, Hamilton says it’s better to embrace it. “You can’t change people’s feelings and emotions about wanting to be outside in summer,” she says. “It’s better to go with it, and do what you can to expose them to a little bit of summer fun. It can help them focus when it’s time to work.”

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How the Apple Watch, Fitbit and Other Wearables Are Transforming the Workplace

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“By Wendy McMahon, of BizTech”

From Fitbits to the Apple Watch, wearable technologies have become incredibly popular with consumers.

Many large organizations, intrigued by the extraordinary value that wearables can deliver, are looking to bring them into the enterprise as well. Wearables can help both large businesses and public-sector enterprises save money, boost productivity, improve safety and enhance learning, researchers and analysts say.

Fitness trackers, smart watches and smart glasses, augmented reality headbands and even smart clothing equipped with biometric sensors are among the most popular wearable devices for the enterprise market, says Aditya Kaul, research director for Tractica.

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Be Aware Of Your Blind Spots

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“By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief.com”

“Honest feedback is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.” ~ Franklin P. Jones

I once found myself needing to find new employment. The situation that I was leaving had been complex, to say the least, and I worried that perceptions of failure would dog me as I sought new opportunities.

As part of the interview process, I met with an organization’s chief executive, who would have been my direct supervisor. After interviewing in person, he took the time to try to research my situation to determine whether I would be an asset to him. Soon after our meeting, he called me to say that he had spoken with people familiar with my performance and was prepared to hire me now that he better understood my “blind spots.”

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Five Ways To Speak Passionately Without Getting Too Emotional

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“By Anett Grant, of FastCompany.com”

Good speakers are passionate—and it shows. Bad speakers are dull, plodding, humdrum. There’s no sense that they’re animated by their material. And it’s true—showing that you truly care about a subject can go a long way toward winning over your listeners.

But passion in speaking is like spice in cooking. If you’ve ever added cayenne pepper to a dish, you know you need to be careful to use just the right amount. Too much emotion in your speaking is like dumping in a whole tablespoon of hot pepper—it’ll be the only thing anyone will notice, and they won’t want to finish.

These are the five ingredients of effective, passionate communication that doesn’t wind up sounding overly emotional.

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Research: Sleep-Deprived Leaders Are Less Inspiring

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“By Christopher M. Barnes, Harvard Business Review”

Leaders have demanding schedules, and often find themselves trading sleep for more work time – effectively trading away work quality to get more work quantity. Some of my recent research indicates that this idea of compromising quality applies to the concept of leadership as well, with important implications for the performance of your team.

In a previous HBR article, I highlighted how a leader’s poor sleep quality can increase the odds of being a jerk the next day, which in turn decreases team engagement. In this piece, I focus more on the positive side of leadership: charismatic leadership, in which leaders inspire followers, fostering an impression that the leader and the mission are extraordinary. Charismatic leadership is a powerful skill for any leader who wants to increase the performance of their teams.

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When You’re Too Valuable to Take Time Off

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“By Molly Page, of Thin Difference”

One of the toughest lessons I ever learned was that my business won’t fall apart when I go on vacation. It was a blow to my self-esteem to realize that I could step away from my desk and, more importantly, from my email inbox for a week and the world would keep on turning.

During my first few years as a freelancer, I was reluctant to leave my work at home when I took a trip. The nature of my job meant that I was able to work remotely, so I did. I scaled back but remained accessible. I juggled work and play on the road. I mistakenly believed it was better for my growing business and my bank account to turn my vacations into business trips. I was wrong, and it took a wicked case of burnout to convince me it was time to step away.

Are We Too Valuable to Take Time Off?

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Why Leaders Feel Loneyly And What They Can Do About It

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“By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief”

“The price of leadership is loneliness …  I think it is inescapable.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

One of the most famous American photos was captured by journalist George Tames on Feb. 10, 1961. The picture is of President John F. Kennedy, recently inaugurated, standing hunched over in the Oval Office. From behind, it looks as if he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kennedy, who had a bad back, was simply reading the newspapers standing up, as he often preferred to do. Still, the image, which the New York Times would later christen, “The loneliest job in the world,” would take on greater significance as Kennedy navigated through the Cuban Missile Crisis and other global challenges.

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What You Need To Know Before Interviewing With A CFO

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“By Samantha White, of CGMA.org”

Scheduling your job interview for first thing in the morning may help you get hired, a survey of CFOs suggests.

Sixty-one per cent of the finance leaders polled regard the 9-to-11am slot as the most productive time for interviews.

Eleven per cent of CFOs prefer to meet candidates before 9am, and another 11% opt for between 11am and 1pm. Afternoon interviews proved less popular, with just 16% of CFOs conducting hiring interviews after 1pm.

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