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10 Things by Ken Wexley and Doug Strouse

Making smarter executive decisions: How analysis, instincts, principles and other factors should guide you

Any executive’s value to his or her organization hinges greatly on the ability to make sound decisions. Here are a few pointers to help you with this.
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Effectively managing change: Get employees on board with your vision for the future

You cannot sit back and merely assume that communicating the upcoming change will suffice in gaining employee commitment. You, in collaboration with your executive team, will have to go out and proactively “champion” the needed changes, if you hope to realize the vision.
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Effective coaching: How to help employees turn in their best performance

As a leader, it is imperative that you know how to provide coaching to your direct reports, and that you also serve as a model for every manager and supervisor within your organization. Here are the steps you need to take.
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How you can create an environment that helps employees succeed

Executives often ask us, “What can I do to energize and motivate my employees so they work their hardest for my organization?” Our answer starts with a quote from Bill Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard: “Men and women want to do a good job, a creative job, and if they are provided the proper environment, they will do so.”
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Hire right: How to avoid the costs of choosing poorly

When bad hires are made, your organization has to deal with, among other things, the costs of replacing them, the long-term costs of how they treat your customers, the costs of the negative things they say to their co-workers, and the anguish you have to go through in dealing with them. Here’s how to avoid bad hires in the first place.
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Problem people: How to negotiate conflict in a constructive way

One of the most important tasks facing leaders is the need to address employees’ problems, deal with difficult people and mediate conflict. Here is some advice to help you get it right.
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Lead by example: How to use your leadership influence wisely

High-level executives and managers possess a great deal of influence, and the way they use that influence separates the good ones from the bad ones. Let’s take a look at the most important ways to exercise your influence.
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How to develop an overachieving managerial team

You can’t possibly be an excellent leader if you don’t have a well-functioning group of managers to back you up. Here are some insights on how you can create a first-rate managerial team.
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How to maximize employee performance through excellent feedback

Few employees would question the value of performance feedback, yet many say they don’t get enough, or the right kind of, feedback from their managers.
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Getting things done: How to implement a culture of follow-through

Too many times, decisions are made to do certain things, but they never get done. We all know of prominent CEOs who have lost their jobs, either by termination or forced resignation, because they didn’t deliver on their promises.
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Wexley and Strouse headshotsABOUT KEN WEXLEY AND DOUG STROUSE: Kenneth N. Wexley has his Ph.D. in organizational psychology and is CEO and president of Wexley Consulting – HRD, L.L.C., an Annapolis-based management consulting firm. Douglas A. Strouse is the president of the CEO Club of Baltimore and also has his Ph.D. in organizational psychology. Contact them at ken@wexleyconsulting.com or doug@ceoclubofbaltimore.com.