The Middle Manager

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Category Archives: Performance

Work-Life Balance

How many vacation days did you use last year?  If you’re a typical employee in the USA, it’s likely you ended the year with more than half of your time unused.  Studies show that 91% of companies provide their employees with vacation time, but nearly 60% of the time more than half of the vacation […]

Ender’s Game

I went to see the movie Ender’s Game this week. I’ve been looking forward to this film ever since I first read the novella of the story many years ago. It’s by far one of my favorite books, and I’ve read it more times than I can recall. As movies go, it was OK. It […]

Motivation

Being motivated at work can mean the difference between just getting by and enjoying what you do and working hard to be successful. As a manager, how do we make sure our staff is motivated, and more importantly, how do we ourselves stay motivated? Staff motivation is always a challenge, particularly in organizations where the budget […]

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