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10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Their Employees 

It’s 2014! Everyone is bright-eyed, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year.

“What do I want to accomplish this year? How will I do it?”

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be a better manager, I highly suggest you continue reading!

We all have different management styles. While some managers may focus on results, others may think creativity is the most valuable aspect of a team. No matter what your management style is, reading this blog post could take you from being a good manager to an extraordinary one.

I found a valuable post from Inc. that listed the 10 things all extraordinary bosses give their employees. Here’s a brief overview of what was covered:

1. Autonomy and independence. management
Do your employees feel they have ownership of their projects? If so, they are more likely to feel motivated to do them well.

2. Clear expectations.
Consistent and clear expectations help your employees feel confident in the work they are doing.

3. Meaningful objectives.
Purposeful goals will make your employees more likely to reach them.

4. A true sense of purpose.
Employees who feel they are valued and making a difference will feel proud and motivated.

5. Opportunities to provide significant input.
Employees who feel their ideas are listened to and valued are more likely to continue contributing. Meanwhile, those who do not feel listened to are more likely to stop contributing to discussions.

6. A real sense of connection.
Employees want to work for people they like and respect.

7. Reliable consistency.
Employees should feel that they are treated fairly and consistently with others.

8. Private criticism.
Negative feedback is bound to happen, but it should be discussed with employees in private.

9. Public praise.
Meanwhile, employees should be praised for their work, publicly.

10. A chance for a meaningful future.
Extraordinary bosses make sure they are developing their employees for the future, even if it is not with their company.

It may sound simple, but really dissect your management style and work environment. Do your employees get all of these things from you?

Check out Inc’s blog here: 10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give their Employees – Management Tips for the full blog post.

Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment! How do you measure up with the list above? What would you add to this list?

Holiday Stress: “All I want for Christmas is a BREAK!”

Sound familiar? The holidays are an awesome time of year filled with family, feasts and fun! However, between a jam-packed schedule, budgeting woes, travel frustrations and cramped lodging accommodations, the holidays can be stressful. But, you can change that! 

Home Alone Holiday Stress

This Throwback Thursday, we’re highlighting our 2011 blog: How to De-stress this holiday season!

Follow these 4 simple steps to effectively handle stress and allow yourself to take a deep breath and enjoy the holiday season! 

Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for reading!

Jonelle 

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Although the holidays are a time when you can enjoy spending time with family and friends, they often throw a curve ball in your regular routine which can cause stress and anxiety. Whether it’s booking and monitoring your travel arrangements, managing your budget, purchasing a last minute gift or balancing the demands of work and personal life, ‘tis the season to slow down and approach your stressors rationally.

This holiday season, take a temporary break from the hustle and bustle and implement these FOUR easy-to-use, stress-relieving methods.

1. Problem Solve.

Because it’s the holiday season, it’s tempting to ignore stress in order to keep your spirits high. Unfortunately, ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. Take a minute to reflect on what’s causing your stress and try to resolve it. Remember, trying to ignore stress can be, well, stressful! What can you do differently to reduce your stress?

Try to approach what is causing you stress rationally by asking yourself the following questions…

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As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, we look back at his life and reflect on what a powerful figure he was in history. Here are some of Nelson Mandela’s most inspirational quotes about education, leadership and life.

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

 

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

It always seems impossible until its done.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.