Category Archives: Manager’s Toolbox

Mirroring Exemplary Behavior

In the spirit of the season, most of us look to the new year as an opportunity to reflect on our jobs. For some, this raises questions like “Is it time to move to a new company or even to a new career?” or “Should I ask for a promotion?” and many more. For those who want to retain the best people and get the most from them, take the time to reflect on whether you are the type of … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, January 2012, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Make Partnerships Possible

It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Monday. You have just returned from vacation and haven’t touched your day-planner in a week. Your voice mail reports 18 new messages, and the inbox on your desk is stacked so high it looks like a model of the Sears Tower. Then you receive a call from your boss: “We’re going to need at least $25,000 in sponsorship money for the upcoming festival!” You panic and break into a sweat. You were supposed to create … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, November 2011, Parks and Rec Business | 1 Comment

Rewarding Employees

As times change, so do the expectations of employees in the workplace (Robb, 2007). They want to be appreciated for their contributions, and employers need to be creative in ways of doing so. Here are a few reasons why providing recognition in the workplace is a must–especially during tough times. So come on, managers, it’s time for some reward lessons! Recognition Is FREE! One of the most effective, yet powerful ways to reward and recognize employees is also the cheapest. … Continue reading

Posted in August 2011, Columns, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | 1 Comment

What’s Your Style?

In one form or another, we are all thrust into a leadership role during the work day. Whether we are leading an organization or a youth soccer team, leadership is one of those intangible, almost immeasurable qualities that make us who we are. Our personal leadership style is shaped largely by the myriad situations we encounter daily. While no two people are alike, we all have principles that guide our decisions. It is these principles that make up our specific … Continue reading

Posted in August 2011, Columns, Issues, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Collective Thinking

Is it possible to have several smart individuals in a group, only to have them produce lousy ideas? The answer is yes! Can the collective intelligence of a group go beyond the abilities of individual group members? Again, the answer is yes. If a manager wants to contribute to a team’s performance, consider that teamwork does not come naturally. In the rush to create highly functioning teams, it is easy to assign a number of individuals with diverse talents, goals … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, July 2011, Manager's Toolbox, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment