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Revise “And Any Other Duties As Assigned” to Change Your Culture

If you’ve been in management for any length of time, the phrase “And any other duties as assigned,” is one you know. Whenever I ask one of my audiences or leadership training teams, “What’s that line at the bottom of most position descriptions?” invariably the knowing participants start to chuckle and say, “And any other duties as assigned!” That phrase conveys feelings of power to many managers yet most don’t understand it or apply it correctly. That phrase, as defined by the U.S. Office of...

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Use the Strategic Plan as a Daily Management Tool

Keep in mind, when you use the strategic plan as a daily management tool... The Vision is "The Big Goal." It's THE thing you are working to achieve together. The Mission explains what you do as an organization. The Values are "The House Rules." As long as employees take paychecks from your organization, they - by default - are bound to abide by the values. If they don't like the values, fine. They need to find someplace else to work. The Strategic Goals are the big projects that need to occur...

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People Power

I had the opportunity to provide the keynote address at a client's annual team meeting in New York. For most organizations these events are quite boring and, to be honest, attended only by those employees who couldn't come up with a believable excuse not to attend. This organization, however, is different. Their employees are different, the leadership style is different, and their success and growth rates are different. Why? They believe in the power of their employees. I started to get an...

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