Posts Tagged "management"

Do This Immediately After Messing Up To Regain Your Boss’s Trust Fast

Posted on December 6th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

You’re sitting there at your desk with a pit in your stomach. You know you really blew it–and your boss does, too. Maybe you forgot to follow up with an important client and they chose someone else’s proposal. Maybe you didn’t prepare the right documents in time for a super-important meeting. Or a careless typo you made on a spreadsheet or purchase order led to an expensive mistake.


Whatever it is, your boss isn’t happy. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you don’t need to start job-searching. In fact, there are a few simple steps you can take right away to rebuild the trust you’ve lost–as quickly as humanly possible. Here’s what to do and when to do it.

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This step-by-step action plan will help get you out of the doghouse–and on the right track going forward–after a major work screwup.

How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things

Posted on December 1st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

We all want to learn and grow. Improving our skills and being exposed to new ideas not only makes us better at our jobs but makes us happier and more engaged at work. But with a full-time job, it can be tough to find the time and resources to dedicate to personal development. Some people, like me, are lucky to work for companies that encourage and even fund classes, sabbaticals, or fellowships. But if you work for a company that doesn’t have an official policy, how can you make the case to your manager (and the necessary higher ups) to support you?’


Identify how you want to learn and grow. If you don’t yet have a clear picture of what you want to develop, spend time honing in on exactly what you need. Do you want to build your emotional intelligence skills to be a more attuned business leader? Are you interested in going on a yoga or meditation retreat? Set aside a specific period of time, such as one evening or even a week, to explore ideas and research what appeals to you. Write down what you want to learn and how you would grow from the experience you’ve identified. Research shows that the physical act of writing has a neurological effect on the brain which tells the cerebral cortex to “wake up and pay attention.” Writing stimulates a bunch of cells in the brain called the Reticular Activating System that plays a key role in being more conscious and alert. The more you can write down, the more aware and real your ideas become. 

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A six-step plan for making a persuasive request.

The Best Managers Do These 6 Key Things Differently

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Effectively managing others is both a science and an art, just like programming or playing an instrument. Based on personality and past experiences, some people tend to naturally be stronger at leading and inspiring others. That being said, anybody can learn how to be an effective manager if given the right training.


What’s nice about the world we live in today is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to be a great leader. Countless studies have been poured into determining what makes for a good manager.


Whether you’ve always seen yourself as a natural leader or are scared in front of others, here are six science-backed tactics that are universally effective.

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Giving people credit after a job well done isn’t a sign of weakness.

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