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New managers need to make the transition to management quickly. For busy managers who need information fast, check out AMA’s collection of sample forms, templates, worksheets, and advice including how to define your new role, create a productive environment, and uncover how best to communicate within your organization.

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Working with the Boss: 6 Questions for Better Effectiveness with Your Manager

By | Posted Feb 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Do you get along with your boss, or do you find yourself constantly butting heads? If you and your manager are on the same page, your effectiveness will be reflected in your work. John Ballard knows that a great relationship between boss and employee will result in better results. See the six questions to ask yourself about your boss that can help determine what your relationship is with them.

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The Secret Weapon in Combating Employee Engagement Woes: Part 1

By | Posted Feb 17, 2015

Even if your team is supremely talented, if they are not motivated their work will suffer. What are the keys to keeping your employee engagement levels high? Michael Lee Stallard has some ideas that can help you create a team of inspired workers. See what the secret weapon is to combat employee engagement problems and motivate your team to put their best foot forward.

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“Stay” Interviews: 6 Practical Questions for Key Employee Retention

By | Posted Feb 11, 2015

Your best employees may be performing well, but are they happy where they are? If not, you could be looking at replacing them in the next few months when they walk away. Paul Falcone believes this is a growing problem, and offers his advice on how to keep your key employees. See how a “stay” interview can help improve your relationship with your top employees, and 6 practical questions you need to ask.

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Strategy Execution: An Interview with Dan King

By | Posted Feb 5, 2015

What is holding your company back from achieving all of its goals? Even with a stellar plan and top talent, sometimes business do not reach their goals. In a recent, exclusive interview, AMA spoke with Dan King to hear his thoughts on how companies can achieve more through strategic execution. See how you can adopt these principles in your own business, and start accomplishing more of your goals.

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The 30x Rule: How Great Managers Multiply Performance

By | Posted Feb 3, 2015 | 3 Comments

Does the idea of delegating your work to team members scare you? This is a common occurrence among new managers, as they have high standards and are reluctant to stop doing what helped them get to where they are. Rory Vaden thinks you need to reevaluate your thought process, and introduces the 30x rule. See how this rule can help you multiply your team’s performance and maximize ROI.

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Building a Successful Team: A Lesson from the NFL

By | Posted Feb 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

What can businesses learn from the NFL? In professional football, many different people must work together towards a singular goal to be successful. Your company can learn from how they function to make your own teams more successful. Bestselling author and broadcaster Gerry Sandusky recently answered some of AMA’s questions in an interview that could help you build your team’s success.

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Project Managers: Quarterbacking Through the Issues

By | Posted Jan 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

What is the primary function of a quarterback? They have to direct the team, get everyone ready and make adjustments on the fly. A project manager acts in the same way. Paul Dobek explains why a quarterback and a project manager are so similar, and how you can use quarterbacking to your advantage. See his three-step approach to work through the issues and work as a team.

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How You Impact Your Team with Emotions

By | Posted Jan 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

Do you motivate by throwing tantrums and using scare tactics to get your employees to work? While the productivity may still be there, the damage runs deep. Daniel Goleman explains why your emotions impact your team in more ways than one. See why you should avoid throwing a fit and instead use empathy and encouragement to energize your team and turn that energy into results.

What the Government Could Learn from My Mother

By | Posted Jan 21, 2015

What can the government learn from moms? Despite not working in the government, Stewart Liff’s mother provided him with some of the best advice that government employees could employ. In another edition of Liff’s advice on improving the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) scores, see what nuggets of wisdom his mother imparted on him, and how the government can learn from them.

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The Secret to Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution – Plan to Fail

By | Posted Jan 19, 2015

Do you incorporate the possibility of failure into your plans, or are you expecting complete success? It seems unrealistic to anticipate everything to run smoothly all year, and Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan believe you can do yourself a favor by planning to fail. See why you should take a more pragmatic approach towards planning for this year, and how to achieve your resolutions.

Resolve to Reclaim Your Time

By | Posted Jan 16, 2015

Do you feel like you never have a second to spare, and there is never enough time for anything but work? A recent poll found that 45% of adults feel the same way. Anne Weisberg offers her advice on how to reclaim your time and improve performance. See how you can escape the endless cycle of responsiveness, and the three steps towards feeling more accomplished and less overwhelmed.

Correcting for Grade Inflation on an Employee’s Annual Performance Review

By | Posted Jan 13, 2015

Is grade inflation still a problem once you leave academia and enter the business world? According to Paul Falcone, yes. Grade inflation can undermine your ability to properly handle employees who have not performed up to par. Falcone explains how you can remedy the situation so that both you and your employee are on the same page. See how his advice can help keep your business honest.

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