Now X - January 2020

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FROM THE DESK OF Terri

Beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas, we have been conditioned to be lulled into satisfaction, putting ourselves on cruise control and coasting through the New Year. Let’s break that process together and look forward to a fresh start and a clean slate with new goals! You are above average, determined, hard-working, and passionate about what you do, so take life by storm and the bull by the horns! Be intentional in your actions, purposeful in your goals, clear in your direction, and dedicated to reaching your full potential. I was recently with a great group of professionals who were honing their craft, learning new information, and building relationships. It was refreshing to see excitement and smiles on face after face. What does that look like in real life?

MANAGINGTHE MANAGERS I s Y our B usiness ’ s M anagement E ffective ?

Back in 2011, the Harvard Business Review published an article called “First, Let’s Fire All the Managers.” It listed the cons of management, like inefficiency, costliness, an increase in “calamitous” decision making, slower response time, and the disempowerment of lower- level employees. Then, it advocated for an entirely new kind of company: one without titles and promotions, where “no one has a boss.” During the 2008 recession, many companies had fired all of their managers — or at least a big chunk of them. But, while some soldiered on with the new structure when the economy bounced back, many others returned to the old way of doing things, replacing the managers they’d lost. So, if the brilliant minds at Harvard were so against the idea, why did they do it? Well, just like anything else, management positions have pros as well as cons. A good manager can inspire and motivate their team to greater heights, model good behavior patterns, and groom the next generation of leaders. Not every manager is a good manager, but anyone who has secured a skilled manager can tell you they’re invaluable. Whether you’re worried your current management is ineffective or are on the hunt for a new department head, it pays to know the traits of an effective manager. Below, we’ve gathered a few characteristics to watch out for as summed up by experts in the field.

That feeling really is contagious, and I encourage you to reach out and find it for yourself.

What do YOU want to accomplish this year? I look forward to seeing you in action!

Dedicated to your success,

-Terri

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