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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.

Motivating Employees: 6 Questions To Improve Performance

By | Posted Oct 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

Are your employees motivated enough? Whether they are or not, it is important to find out how to motivate your team to keep spirits up and productivity at a high level. John Ballard offers some advice on how to keep your employees motivated using the expectancy theory developed by Victor Vroom. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to improve performance and productivity for the future.

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Sample Creativity and Innovation Phrases for Performance Appraisal

By | Posted Oct 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

This is the fourth in a series of five AMA Playbook blogs that will help you with your performance management […]

7 Critical Project Management Lessons from Locke: Managing a Project in Crisis

By | Posted Oct 7, 2014

Rarely can you take real-world lessons from what you see on the big screen. The small-budget British film Locke, however, is a powerful exception to the rule. This movie offers several examples of how to manage a project when you are in a high pressure situation. Ray Houdtzagers takes a look at the film and presents his takeaways so that you can be more effective when managing a project under duress.

How to Succeed in a New Industry

By | Posted Oct 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Are you making a difficult transition in your career? When it comes to working across various industries, employees can find the move to be intimidating. Employers are looking for multi-faceted workers to diversify their talent base, and if you handle the transition well you can become a useful and powerful asset. Ben Walter offers tips on how to succeed in any industry and make that career transition as smooth as possible.

The One Thing That Can Save Small Businesses

By | Posted Oct 2, 2014

Are you looking for help for your small business? Are you considering starting your own company but are nervous about failing? Dawn Fotopulos is here to help. Fotopulos details the most vital factor to keeping your business thriving. See how she has used her expertise with finance and accounting to save several small businesses and what she views is the most important factor to success in small business America.

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How to Deal with a Difficult Boss

By | Posted Sep 30, 2014

Some therapists help people with relationship issues by focusing on attachment styles. Attachment patterns can also give us practical insights […]

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Forget the Competition. Think Customers.

By | Posted Sep 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

Don’t let the competition define your external growth strategy. Instead, plan for the people who matter most ─ your customers. […]

Managing Your Peers: From Buddy to Boss

By | Posted Sep 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Being promoted to manager is an exciting prospect for any employee. It also introduces new questions about existing relationships with co-workers. Do you keep your friendships and avoid making tough decisions? Do you put your role first and exert your power as the boss at their expense? Courtney Templin offers advice to new managers and highlights some important steps to making a successful transition from buddy to boss.

Effective Time Management Strategies: Laying the Foundation

By | Posted Sep 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

In their book The Time Trap, authors Alec Mackenzie and Pat Nickerson begin with a reminder that we all have the […]

AMA Quiz: Are You the Right Project Manager for This Project?

By | Posted Sep 15, 2014

There is a huge project coming up and you want to take the lead, but are you the right person […]

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Strategies for Avoiding Multi-Tasking Mayhem

By | Posted Sep 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Are you noticing that little things are starting to fall through the cracks? Do you find yourself trying to recall […]

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Individual Contributors Get Mentoring Yet Little Coaching

By | Posted Sep 2, 2014

While individual contributors at a majority of organizations are provided mentoring by managers, relatively few employers provide them with coaching […]

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