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The Secret To Effective Delegation

The Secret To Effective Delegation | Organization Management | Scoop.it

While most everyone in business would agree that delegation is critical to managerial success, how often are we dissatisfied with the results of what we’ve delegated?  How often is the “product” that is returned to us not exactly what we’d hoped for?  While this is sometimes the fault of the person of completing the assignment, it’s  often the fault of the person giving the assignment.  And there’s a common root to the problem.

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Master the Fine Art of Managing Up

Master the Fine Art of Managing Up | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Whether you work in a startup or are working your way up the corporate ladder, to succeed you’ll have to learn the art of managing up.

During a performance review early in my career, my manager told me I was “good at managing up”… and I had no idea what he was talking about. At the time, I was still in school and eager. And instead of asking what he meant, I said “thank you” and asked what I could do to improve my skills.

I had no idea I’d stumbled on the top skill that would open doors of opportunity.


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Two Pens's curator insight, May 19, 2013 2:22 PM

It was a revelation when I learned that part of my job was managing my boss. Another term for it here: "managing up."

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Why Projects Fail

Why Projects Fail | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Only one out of three projects is completed successfully. Nearly half are either late, over budget or did not deliver on all of the key outputs. Almost one in four are either cancelled or left to gather dust after delivery.1 This dismal track record is only growing worse as budgets tighten and expectations rise.

What can a manager do to beat the odds? The answer is to learn from the mistakes of the past. Though no two projects are alike, the reasons for failure are remarkably consistent.

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The Nine Inch Journey to Winning the Hearts of Your Employees and Building a Strong Culture | MENG

The Nine Inch Journey to Winning the Hearts of Your Employees and Building a Strong Culture | MENG | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Motivation for employees is sagging.  Recent reports show that motivation has fallen off at more that half of all companies.  In difficult economic times, how can companies boost employee morale and drive high performance?

 

The simple answer is doing the little extras beyond compensation to demonstrate commitment to your employees.  The Green Goldfish Project examined how companies go above and beyond to create signature extras, little things that help capture the heart of your employees.  Upon reviewing the 1,001 examples from the Project, a few key themes emerged. 

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A recipe for the "journey" of developing your employees from the Marketing Executives Networking Group.

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Organizations don't evolve, they cope

Organizations don't evolve, they cope | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The board-governed, professionally managed, mixed-diet (earned and contributed), high-fixed-cost nonprofit organization seems increasingly ill-equipped for its changing environment. It seems a creature of a previous ecosystem. It seems in need of evolution. Yet, therein lies the problem.

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What Organizations Really Need To Succeed And Thrive

What Organizations Really Need To Succeed And Thrive | Organization Management | Scoop.it

A look at why an organization's shared purpose - and not simply where employees work - plays a key role in managing innovation, success, and failure.

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AOG School of Management | How Leaders Can Build Innovative Organizations

AOG School of Management | How Leaders Can Build Innovative Organizations | Organization Management | Scoop.it

In all the years I have been discussing innovation and creativity with managers and entrepreneurs in master classes, seminars and roundtable sessions, one observation keeps returning: almost all leaders agreed that they underutilized the creativity of their employees.

 

They admitted that they could capture so many more fertile ideas in their company. The major reasons they gave for failing to do so were a lack of time and the absence of an effective process to manage all those ideas.

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This is a dense article - there is a lot of information, observation and conclusions packed in here. But that's because there is so much to say...
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The Best Way For A Manager To Start The Year? Set Clear, Meaningful Employee Objectives

The Best Way For A Manager To Start The Year? Set Clear, Meaningful Employee Objectives | Organization Management | Scoop.it

What’s the best thing a manager can do to start the new year in a constructive and productive way?  It’s nothing fancy, but it’s fundamental and foundational: Set clear and meaningful objectives for all of your direct reports.

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Getting Your Team Organized in Event Management

Getting Your Team Organized in Event Management | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Well, you have successfully secured a great event. You have gone through the part of convincing the client about your successes in holding great events and managed to get the prized contract. Securing the contract is only the beginning of a big and stressful headache if you actually have bad organizing skills!

Once you have secured the contract you will be involved with the event planning and event management stages. This means that you will have to work with set up crews, suppliers and vendors, venue owners, food and beverage  serving teams etc. All these people will be considered your team. Here you will need to be very skillful with people management methods. It is also a very stressful time especially when the event date draws near.

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Study Explores Drivers of Employee Engagement

Study Explores Drivers of Employee Engagement | Organization Management | Scoop.it

A recent study by MSW Research and Dale Carnegie Training explores  key drivers of employee engagement – and reaffirms the critical role of an employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager. Employee engagement is important because “engaged employees” are more committed and productive.  The study, What Drives Employee Engagement and Why It Matters, also has some disturbing findings, noting that “only 29% of employees are fully engaged while 26% are disengaged.”


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The 3 key drivers for employee engagement are very straightforward, but are so often ignored. Read on...

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:35 AM

I am gratified to see importance of management practices in building employee engagement reaffirmed. For the past several years I have focused on a core set of practices in my workshops that enables leaders to engage employee and build organizational effectiveness.

Jenny Veach Harding's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:48 PM

Presenteeism comes to mind when considering how many disengaged employees are serving as seat fillers in the office.

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7 Strategies for More Productive Non-Profit Board Meetings

7 Strategies for More Productive Non-Profit Board Meetings | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Dysfunctional board meetings are hurting lots of non-profits.  Haphazard and non-productive meetings hamper growth, dampen fundraising efforts, and lead to confusion and frustration among members and staff alike.

Your non-profit’s board of directors meetings don’t have to be tiresome, infuriating affairs.  You can look forward to your board meetings, comfortable in the knowledge that they will move your organization closer to its goals and provide support and encouragement for your staff.

Use these 7 strategies to make your next non-profit board meeting more productive and successful:

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How to Demotivate Your Best Employees

How to Demotivate Your Best Employees | Organization Management | Scoop.it

It would seem to make sense that when companies recognize their workers with awards, they are likely to see a boost in morale and perhaps even inspire them to work harder.

 

It turns out that sometimes rewarding employees for good behavior can actually backfire, leading to a drop in motivation and productivity.

 

More than 80 percent of companies dole out work-related awards like "employee of the month" or "top salesperson." Managers often view these awards as inexpensive ways to improve worker performance; many believe that when employees bask in the glow of corporate praise, they may even feel motivated to work harder over the long term.


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Limited staff and resources make prioritizing and delegation critical to nonprofits’ success

Limited staff and resources make prioritizing and delegation critical to nonprofits’ success | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Many nonprofit organizations are running a very tight ship these days. Organizations with too few employees creating miracles with too few resources on a shoestring budget are a common tale in this business. This produces a need to have everything we do drive us toward a specific goal and ensure our actions have meaningful use. But in a world full of special events, major gift prospecting, grant applications, and a slew of other responsibilities, how do you decipher which actions should be a priority?

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6 Ways Nonprofits Attract Top Tech Talent

6 Ways Nonprofits Attract Top Tech Talent | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Attracting — and retaining — top tech talent at any business is a struggle. Even more so, when corporate America offers up big paychecks, ultra generous packages, and fun company perks. Basically, it takes a little something extra to lure exceptional employees to your company, particularly if you're a nonprofit.

 

However, some nonprofits and social startups have learned they can attract these potential employees using their mission, as opposed to perks. Below, six successful entrepreneurs shared tips for leveraging their company's work to recruit top candidates.

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