The Strategist
Management & Strategy

Two-factor motivation for your employees - 11/15/2019

Psychologist Frederick Herzberg, one of the pioneers in the field of human resources management and management theory, is known for his idea of expanding professional responsibilities, as well as for his proposed two-factor motivation theory. He and his colleagues tried to find out what people like about their work and what they don't. The authors concluded that in order to understand employees'...

This is boring! How to arrange productive meetings - 11/08/2019

Meetings are often considered a waste of time or unbearably boring. However, the problem is not in their very idea, but in how they are carried out. First of all, a meeting needs a leader who will understand intricacies of the issue. The main trap for meeting organizers is forgetting how different they are. Not all meetings should be held the same. The reason many meetings are boring for 90% of...

Time to go: How to deal with dismissal - 11/01/2019

So, you have decided that it’s time to move on and change your job (or employee). Whoever you are - an employee or a manager - you are probably uncomfortable with dismissal. Anyone who has worked with a good team understands how close relationships within the team can be. You are comrades in arms. Together you resist absurd deadlines, nervous clients and narcissists. The team is your second...

Four levels of attention to hear your employees - 10/25/2019

Here’s an advice that will be useful to everyone: find the courage to ask questions and voice your true desires. Express your thoughts clearly to avoid misunderstandings. This alone can completely change your life. Now let’s talk about the same, but with reference to leaders. People change, and sometimes it’s hard to understand why a previously inspired employee has now lost motivation or why a...

Greenlight it! How to delegate tasks - 10/18/2019

Leaders know that delegation is necessary. It helps to relieve part of the load, focus on management and strategy. It is also an effective tool for employee development and team building. Therefore, it is very important to build the process correctly. Delegation is the transfer of tasks, authority for their implementation and responsibility for the result. An important component of this is the...

Five rules for project manager - 10/11/2019

We manage projects working independently or managing a team. But what makes a project successful and how can project managers achieve their goals? 1. Take your tasks easy The easier you perceive your tasks, the more efficient and focused your work is. Such a view will help find more examples and lessons from history and modern industries, borrow them, find similarities or differences. This is...

How to work with experts and get the most out of it - 10/04/2019

When you encounter problems arising in complex processes and systems, experts can accelerate your progress towards the goal. They will answer your questions, help you determine which variables control the problem, and direct you to those parts of the system that you need to understand. So, how to use expert help? The first rule is to stop asking them to solve your problem. Do not ask: “What is...

Study: Socially active top managers attract more job seekers - 09/30/2019

Researchers from France and the UK have found that company executives who speak out on relevant political or social issues are attracting increased interest from job seekers. Thus, activist leaders are given more opportunities to select potential employees. However, if top managers are too conservative, the positive effect of such activity immediately disappears. The study was prepared by...

Easy Scrum techniques to create productive working environment - 09/27/2019

Is it possible to turn the work environment into a productivity tool? Definitely yes, and Scrum will help to figure this out. Some may decide it’s silly to say “Good morning!”, especially on a cold, gray Monday morning. “We are damned engineers, not sellers of soap bubbles!” Imagine that you came to visit a friend, but he muttered something incomprehensible instead of greeting, flopped down on...

WeWork founder is leaving the company - 09/25/2019

Co-founder of WeWork, Adam Neumann, agreed to resign as CEO of the company. Members of the board of directors demanded his resignation after WeWork postponed initial offering of shares due to weak interest of investors. Adam Neumann, co-founder of WeWork, resigned as CEO of the company and will continue to work in it as a non-executive head of the board of directors. This was reported in WeWork’s...
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