Don't look now but your'e fired!!

Written by Garry Munro

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Do any of these things click that you may be able to make a living out of them if you went into business for yourself?

Say, at your last job you were a good organiser and you love working with people and your friends have said that you take great photos!! Perhaps you could start a corporate photography business whereby you organise tour packages and you take all conference tour photographs for major corporations???

This may not berepparttar perfect business solution but I think you getrepparttar 138479 drift, that once you are offered a challenge, turn it into a positive and an opportunity to do what you love doing and get paid for it.

So what's stopping you? Haven't been fired yet, oh well, your luck may change tomorrow and you get fired!! Good Luck.

Garry is a successful consultant, speaker, mentor & coach in the area of self-development.

Based in Sydney Australia he runs his own business "Minds Alike" and works with small business owners and individuals assisting them to set & achieve their goals.

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Management Skills: Productivity in the Workplace

Written by Dina Giolitto

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Matchrepparttar skill torepparttar 138430 task at hand. Ensure team excellence is by selectingrepparttar 138431 correct person forrepparttar 138432 job! Suppose you hire Jeff because he's great at number crunching, and Lucy because she has experience in customer service. Later, you come to learn that Lucy is really not all that great withrepparttar 138433 clients, but she's gold onrepparttar 138434 expense calculations... meanwhile, Jeff is a master shmoozer. Instead of trying to mold Lucy into something she's not, a quick-switch of responsibilities is all it takes to keep this team operating at prime productivity. When each of your workers is well-chosen for a task, they'll all do a good job together. And when they do a good job, they're truly appreciated. Team spirit is some pretty magical stuff!

Encourage workers to 'figure it out on their own.' By this I do NOT mean tell them to solve their own problems and send them away. That's no way to help your underlings grow. Remember to feel complimented when a subordinate approaches you with an issue. He came to you because he trusts your judgement and seeks your approval. In turn, give your little bird his wings. Maybe share a story of when you may have had a similar problem in your own career. Offer up some general, advice, then assure them that he can find a positive and constructive way to fixrepparttar 138435 problem on his own. He'll walk away with a sense of pride, independence and new determination. And that's a great way to help someone feel appreciated!

Speak to people 'onrepparttar 138436 level.' Ever hearrepparttar 138437 expression, 'talking down to people?' It's one of my biggest pet peeves, and something that I try my hardest never to do. Even inrepparttar 138438 midst of praising someone, you can end up 'talking down' to them. When you say, "Jeannie, you did it, I am so proud of you!!" does it come out sounding like you're talking to a kindergartener who just learned to tie her own shoe? Yikes! There should never be a reason to sound parental in your professional communication with grown adults. Another way you might unintentionally 'talk down': offer advice and assume that it's a foreign concept torepparttar 138439 person with whom you're speaking. How do you know she doesn't already practice what you preach? If you address your workers respectfully and treat them as mature adults, they might actually behave like mature adults!

Above all, have a little humility. Keep an open mind and an open heart, and lead with a firm and forgiving hand. Experience-wise, even if you're 20 years ahead of someone else, you're still just two human beings on this earth. And it's like I said: we all just want to be appreciated. So managers, show your workers a little respect and gratitude, and watch your productivity soar to new heights!

Dina Giolitto is a New-Jersey based Copywriting Consultant with ten years of industry experience. Her current focus is web content and web marketing for a multitude of products and services although the bulk of her experience lies in retail for big-name companies like ToysRUs. Visit for rates and samples.

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