How to Supervise People

Criticism: To Give Or Not To Give?

Providing criticism can be a useful tool for supervisors, but the way in which you approach criticism will make all the difference in how it is received. Many people don’t handle criticism well. As a supervisor you need to offer feedback and help employees improve but need to do so in a way that won’t [...]

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Tips on Motivating Employees

Motivating employees can be a challenging task when learning how to supervise people. In order to drive your employees to be perform at their best it helps to understand what motivates people. This article discusses some of the key factors that motivate people. Understanding these factors can help in finding the right solutions in motivating [...]

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Leadership Is A Process, Not A Position

I am not one to get star struck, nor am I interested in obtaining autographs and such. However, one person I have always admired and wanted to meet is Colin Powell. Since I can remember, I have been aware of the way in which he carries himself, speaks, and has the confidence that makes you [...]

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Swimming with the Sharks – Strike in the Workplace

Helpful advice is always . . . well, helpful. Often those who have had success are quick to give advice and little “tips” they have learned along the way. Sometimes these pieces of knowledge are helpful, but often I have personally found them to be personal pats on the backs without much personal substance. The [...]

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Take Time to Ask Questions and Listen

“The people in the field are closest to the problem, closest to the situation, therefore that is where real wisdom is.” When we are the ones in the trenches, we know this statement to be true. However, it is once we are on the outside and no longer in control of the situation, the idea [...]

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Achieving Synergy

Synergy is when resources are optimized through systems management. The optimization through shared power, shared resources, and collaboration for the greater benefit of all can be expressed by the term “synergy” which is derived from the two words “synchronized energy”. Achieving synergy in a program design requires a different set of skills from those used [...]

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Leadership Involves an Interaction Between The Leader, The Followers, and The Situation

I have always felt that in order for a leader to succeed, they must have good people working with them. As time passed I began to analyze different situations and look at the impact of the situations surrounding the events. I have had the privilege of serving the roll as a follower for a few [...]

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Situational Leadership Theory

The most common approach to the study of leadership concentrated on leadership traits per se, suggesting that there were certain characteristics, such as physical energy or friendliness, that were essential for effective leadership. These inherent personal qualities, like intelligence, were felt to be transferable from one situation to another. Since all individuals did not have [...]

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Create a Positive Work Environment

As a supervisor it is your responsibility to create and maintain a positive work environment. Without this you are setting yourself up for a high turnover rate, lower productivity, and a lot more work for yourself. When creating a positive work environment think about the climate of the workplace. How can it be improved? Are [...]

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Qualities of an Effective Leader

I have recently been introduced to an arena of leaders I had never before considered, sports. Our society places such a high level of focus on sports beginning with little league, high school, college, professional, and up to the Olympics. These athletes continue to grow and constantly strive to be better. When goals are achieved, [...]

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How to Delegate Work Effectively

Delegating tasks to employees is an effective way to lessen the work for supervisors, however many don’t we delegate. For some supervisors it is hard to delegate because they feel they can do the job better or if they do delegate and the job is not completed properly they are ultimately responsible. Another reason delegation [...]

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