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How often do you have team meetings? A best practice of successful managers involves meeting with the team regularly. The research shows that meeting weekly keeps energy high, increases productivity, and keeps employee engagement strong. Key Elements for Success These meetings must contain certain key elements in order...

Do you know the names of your direct reports' immediate family members? A recent survey of a thousand managers done by BetterManager revealed that only 24% of managers knew the names of their direct reports’ immediate family members. The best practice for this is 100%. The...

Mutually Agreed-upon Development Plans Employee Development Plans are part of today’s organizational scene. They are slightly different than performance management plans, which are organized by the company and performed monthly, quarterly or annually. These plans include not only what you, as the manager, deem to be...

What percent of the time do you handle decision-making on your own? Many managers, when first promoted, think their role is primarily to solve problems. While this is partly true, the greater value of a manager is one who empowers and coaches others to solve problems...

How often do you have one-on-ones with your direct reports? Sitting down with for a one-on-one with direct reports regularly is something that BetterManagers regularly do. Expressing genuine interest in a direct report’s well-being -- both personally and professionally -- is paramount to building an engaged workforce....

Talent Development Made More Effective with Professional Coaching Recently, Andy Storch, of the Talent Development Hot Seat, interviewed BetterManager co-founder and COO, Wendy Hanson. Below is the full transcript. Listen to the recording here. Transcript: How to Empower Your Talent Development System with Coaching Andy Storch: Hey, everybody, welcome...

How often do you set aside time to think? “Thinking time? What thinking time? I barely have time to breathe!” That was the response I received recently when I asked a manager I was coaching if they set aside time to think. A day-in-the-life of a...

This may be a question you’ve never considered before. But if you’re a manager who understands that your role has to change and respond to different situations, it’s a question that’s well worth thinking about. Servant leadership was a concept that Robert Greenleaf wrote about in...

Managers often ask for advice when dealing with difficult employee behavior. Examples include poor attitude/skills such as interpersonal communication and poor overall job performance. Oftentimes, the manager will describe the situation, then will speculate as to why the behavior is happening. As coaches, we often hear...