Careerstone Group Insights Posts Tagged "Leadership"

How to Be a Great Manager: Five Essential Skills to Master

The primary responsibility of any manager is to manage people, not products or projects. It all starts and ends with your staff or your employees. As Lee Iacocca said, “Managing is nothing more than motivating other people.” That’s absolutely right. Yes, a manager’s job is to…  Read More

Introverted Leaders: Seven Tips for Success

Are you an innie or an outie? I’m not talking bellybuttons; I’m talking about your leadership style. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Leadership, like personalities, comes in different shapes and sizes. Introversion or extroversion is not about how shy or social you are; it is about…  Read More

Extroverted Leaders: Seven Tips for Success

Last week I wrote about introverted leaders and offered seven tips for success. This week it’s all about extroverts and the things they can do to hone their leadership skills. Introversion or extroversion is not about how shy or social you are; it’s about how you derive your energy. An…  Read More

Emotional Intelligence: What It Is, How to Get It, and How to Use It

Many things factor into a person’s success: intellect, skill, resourcefulness, knowledge, drive, etc. But there is one factor that most successful people share—a high EQ.EQ is emotional intelligence, the ability to use your emotions in a positive and constructive way in relationships…  Read More

How to Run a Virtual Meeting

Virtual meetings and teleconferences should follow the same set of rules as conventional, in-person meetings. However, there is an obvious difference between in-person meetings and virtual ones, though (you are not in the same room), so I would add these tips for better virtual meetings: Have a very…  Read More

How to Run a Great Meeting: Fifteen Tips to Design and Execute Great, Effective Meetings

We’ve all been there: The people who talk and talk and talk. The pointless digressions and asides. The people who seem to have no place else to be. The time that is sucked forever from our lives. Sadly, that’s the state of most meetings today. Let’s face it. Most meetings are inefficient…  Read More

How to Run an Effective Intern Program

Summer is coming, and for many businesses that means interns. An intern program can be incredibly valuable for your business, but only if it is executed properly. Great intern programs require a great deal of work, thought, and follow through. Many organizations just kind of slap them together, but this…  Read More

How to Hire a Consultant: 10 Tips to Guide You

Here are 10 tips for hiring a consultant, coach, or other workplace/career consultant:   1. Make sure you need a one. Examine your current staffing/situation/skill set and make a calculated decision. What kind of help do you really need? Just because a consultant is expensive doesn’t necessarily…  Read More

Emotional Intelligence at Work

Many different things go into the making of a good leader and a strong individual. Knowledge, drive, ambition, resourcefulness, force of will, intellect, etc. But there is one factor that almost all successful people share - emotional intelligence.Emotional Intelligence is the ability to use your emotions…  Read More

Effective Retention Strategies

We all know how important it is for businesses to find, attract and retain a talented workforce. In today’s world, workers, especially younger ones, change jobs much more frequently than they did 10 years ago. Turnover has a huge financial and organizational cost as businesses struggle to recruit…  Read More

Successful Retreats

The offsite retreat. Some people love them. Some people hate them. And it’s easy to see why. If done well, retreats can be a powerful way to help organizations bring about positive change. If done poorly, retreats can be a waste of time and can actually make things worse.Holding an effective retreat…  Read More

Changing Jobs Within Your Organization

Do you feel like it’s time to move up or across the corporate ladder? Have you ever thought of advancing or changing careers within your company? What if you are a manager and you want to hire an employee from a different department? There is a right way and a wrong way to change jobs and hire…  Read More

Workplace Mentoring

Most successful adults can identify a person who had a significant and positive impact on them. Whether it was a teacher, a coach, a boss, a scoutmaster, or a parent, chances are that someone, somewhere along the line acted as a mentor to you.Today, more and more businesses are embracing the concept…  Read More

Performance Reviews: Why They Matter and How to Make the Most of Them

Love ‘em or hate ’em, whether giving one or getting one, a performance review is one of the most important tools managers and employees have to gauge and improve performance in the workplace. Employee reviews provide a record of employee performance vis-à-vis company expectations…  Read More

A Guide To Better Meetings: Nine Principles of Productive Meetings

When is the last time you said, “I wish I could attend more meetings!” or “That was a great meeting—when can we do it again?!”Recent studies report that managers spend an average of 40%-50% of their working hours in business meetings. To make matters worse, it is reported…  Read More

Difficult Conversations

Avoiding difficult conversations is a common practice both in our professional lives and our personal lives. Telling an employee that their performance is not up to snuff is an unpleasant task for most of us. Confronting a friend about an unpleasant situation promises to be about as fun as a root canal.…  Read More

Advice for Teleworking: Nine Tips for Workers and Managers

Teleworking, or working from home or a remote location, is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s the new normal. Currently, about half of the U.S. workforce has a job that is compatible with teleworking. Why is teleworking so popular? Several reasons. For business owners, teleworking can really save…  Read More

Managing Teams in the Virtual Workplace: Six Steps for Success

Management is always challenging, but the virtual workplace can add an additional layer of difficulty. Remote or virtual employees often feel disconnected from their supervisor and team members and may become disengaged or less effective in their role. Managers can also struggle with tracking performance…  Read More

Six Common Mistakes Leaders Make During Change and How to Avoid Them

Change is very hard for all involved. During times of organizational change, morale tends to drop and top performers may look for better options. Change is also commonly met with resistance (even good change!) at first and productivity can take a hit. The other truth about change? It is unavoidable.…  Read More

Performance Management: Stop the Annual Madness!

It’s time to rethink performance management. In case you haven’t heard, the traditional “annual performance review” is dead.  And we at Careerstone Group wish it a hearty goodbye and good riddance. Performance Management in the 21st Century should be an ongoing conversation…  Read More

It’s Time to Embrace the “F” Word!

In the American workplace, followership has become a four-letter word. We equate being a follower with being powerless, insignificant, and unimportant. We focus all our energy on leadership development and seem to forget that most of us are not in leadership roles – at least not exclusively. Well,…  Read More

Want to Make Your Presentations Less Scary? Practice these 3 Tips for Success

  “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”  - George Jessel Giving presentations at work can be scary. In fact, more people report having phobias of public speaking than they do of any other fear—even…  Read More