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10 negative employee behaviors that undermine success

multibriefs.comAs managers, we expect the best behavior from each member of our team all the time. We fully expect our workgroups to be constructive and positive. We expect each member to contribute to a professional environment every day.  But in the real world of business, how do you know when someone is damaging the success of your enterprise? How do you know when to cut someone some slack or terminate their employment?  read more at

3 Ways Don Clifton Taught Me to Measure Performance

There is a strong connection between who people are and what they do best, and the more people actively think about their talents, the more they notice how their talents contribute to their success. That’s why the CliftonStrengths Assessment is such an important tool in improving people’s lives.  It is reliable, credible and practical. The science behind the assessment is solid, and the tool’s usefulness is substantial.  Many self-assessments simply are not useful.  read more at


The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”

It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges. Not every problem has an easy solution, and some require diverse points of view. Requiring solutions can breed a culture of intimidation, and prevent some problems from surfacing until they’re full-blown crises. Many managers demand solutions to avoid a culture of complaining. Modify your behavior so that people aren’t afraid to bring you bad news.  read more at

The Best Way to Inspire Creativity in Others Isn’t What You Might Think

If you think an awards dinner or a plaque is the best way to recognize your creative employees, well, maybe you’re trying to be too creative in your approach.  Turns out, monetary rewards are the best way to promote creative work. Instead, cash rewards are more motivating to these creatives. “The general consensus in the research literature on creativity is that money hurts creativity,” said Ravi Mehta, a University of Illinois professor who co-authored the study.   read more at


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