Category Archives: Management

Synergize

Stephen Covey defines synergy as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Synergy can be compared simply to a team that has the same objective.  Let’s use a football team as an example of the whole being … Continue reading

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Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

As a manager when you follow up with your employees it becomes very clear cut whether or not they understood what you asked them to do.  Stephen Covey’s fifth habit Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood perfectly cradles … Continue reading

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Think Win/Win

My previous post about Stephen Covey’s third habit focuses on building your brand appropriately by means of prevention, recognizing new opportunities, and relationships.  The fourth habit, Think Win/Win, builds on the ideology that managers should spend the majority of their … Continue reading

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Put First Things First

As managers we need to concentrate on focusing on our value and mission statement before we begin to manage others.  It is essential to put these things first as Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, encourages … Continue reading

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Begin With the End in Mind

Stephen Covey’s second habit is Begin with the End in Mind.  It is easy for managers to blend leadership and management into one when creating blueprints of their expectations.  The only problem is management and leadership are two different things that need … Continue reading

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Be Proactive

If you haven’t read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, do so.  Not only do the seven habits have the ability to change your perspective on life, it will also benefit you professionally.  Managers can take … Continue reading

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4 Simply Steps to Engage and Motivate Your Employees

Being a young manager, it is especially important to be able to motivate and monitor your employee’s performance.  Naturally associates are skeptical about being told what to do by either someone their own age or someone younger.  In retail environments … Continue reading

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Education vs. Senority

In a retail environment it can be difficult to differentiate which is valued more, seniority or education when you are a candidate for advancement.  Many store managers have worked their way up through the ranks to become head honcho without … Continue reading

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