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Avoid These 7 Delegation Mistakes

Published May 9, 2022

Delegating is far more than just assigning tasks to others. "It's not just about shuffling things around. It frees you up to work on things that are highest and best use for your level," said Tamera Loerzel, a partner with ConvergenceCoaching LLC in Prior Lake, Minn. "It also offers crucial opportunities for you to help employees learn and grow." As a career coach, Loerzel spends a lot of time teaching others to delegate more effectively, and ...

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7 Tips for Using Zoom Better

Published March 14, 2022

BASIC TIPS Use headphones to avoid audio collisions Unfortunately, you can't monitor your own audio levels and quality in a virtual meeting. You are dependent on others to tell you when your audio isn't working well. This can cause what I call "audio collisions," when multiple people talk over each other because they are unable to hear others when they are talking. The best way to limit audio issues is to use headphones! Find comfortable ...

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Avoid These 8 PowerPoint Mistakes

Published February 11, 2022

Several years ago, Tom Hall, CPA, looked forward to attending a PowerPoint presentation about blockchain's potential impact on accounting. Unfortunately, the slides were so jumbled and overloaded that he didn't learn much. "The person next to me said, 'I think I know less about blockchain now than I did when we started.' I agreed," said Hall, an associate professor of the practice at the University of Denver's School of Accountancy. "When ...

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5 Ways to Improve Vendor Communications in a Supply Chain Crisis

Published January 21, 2022

As the people who supply your company with the goods and services it needs to operate, vendors deserve respect. Depending on your specific role, they may even be your best friends, able to help you out of challenging situations — a fact that's come to light during the global pandemic and subsequent supply chain disruptions. Some of the inventory outages, incorrect orders, missed shipping dates, general misunderstandings, and other chaos ...

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5 Tips for Becoming a More Effective Leader for a Virtual Workforce

Published January 17, 2022

Whether you're a fan of remote work or not, leadership skills for virtual teams are increasingly becoming essential for managers everywhere. According to Gallup, 76% of remote workers say their employer will allow people to work remotely going forward, at least partly. And while there is a fair amount of overlap between effective in-person and virtual leadership, there are some key differences to consider. "Virtual leadership provides a unique ...

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