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Are You Having these Types of Conversations with Your Employees?

A study a few years back conducted by Harris Poll asked over six hundred managers how comfortable they were giving feedback to employees. Amazingly, 69% of the respondents said that they were uncomfortable communicating with their employees in general – not just while giving feedback. When it came to feedback or criticism that they didn’t…

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Helping Your Employees Get over Their Vacation Guilt

The evidence is clear. Taking vacations is good for you. It’s good for your mental health, your physical health, your work performance, and the overall performance of the company. At this point, all of those benefits aren’t exactly a secret. So why do four out of ten Americans not use all of their vacation time…

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How Does Rest Improve Employee Productivity and Engagement?

Americans get fewer vacation days on average than many other countries, but even so, 55% of Americans did not use all of their vacation days in 2015. And amongst the people who did take vacation, 41% checked in on work while they were away. There are a lot of factors behind the American work ethic,…

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Top 6 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time

Americans are notorious for not only having less vacation time than other countries but also not using all of the vacation time we do get. We have a tendency to worship work, and that can have some very negative consequences. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with loving your job and wanting to give…

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Diagnosing Development: Competence vs. Commitment

The Situational Leadership® II model has three core components – setting a SMART goal with your employee, diagnosing the development level of your employee with regard to the given goal, and applying the appropriate type of leadership for the person’s development level. Today, we’ll break down the two core factors that determine the development level…

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Helping Employees set SMART Goals

A core piece of the Situational Leadership® II model is helping employees set SMART goals. Without goal setting, employees often don’t know what is expected of them. Whether you incorporate goal setting into an annual review or meet with team members weekly to discuss pressing tasks (a habit we strongly recommend that you establish), a…

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Using SLII® Style Conversations to Align Leaders and Employees

As discussed in our previous blogs, Situational Leadership® II is a widely-used leadership model that gives leaders a framework for adapting their leadership style to the needs of individual employees. The basic premise is that leaders shouldn’t use a single style of leadership and expect the best results. Every person on your team is an…

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What are the 3 Skills a Situational Leader Must Have?

Developed by Ken Blanchard, Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) is one of the most highly regarded and widely used leadership strategies in the business world. It is a leadership model for adapting one’s style in order to get the best performance out of a given employee with a given goal or directive. Business leaders have a…

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