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A Simple Tip To Balance Being Nice Manager and Deliver Results

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Food For Thought, Managing People | 3 comments

As a manager, I have always wanted to find balance. On the one hand, I want to be nice. I want my team to trust me, like me, confide in me, and enjoy their time around me and around each other. On the other hand, I want to deliver great results. I want to continually improve and over-achieve as a team and as individuals in the team.

Finding this balance is tough. Here’s a tip.

Have Fun At Work And Improve Performance While You’re At It

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Featured, Food For Thought, Managing People | 0 comments

“Did you try harder?!”

That was my favorite response when someone on my team came for help solving a problem… especially someone new. The response initially gets a surprised pause followed by a smile when she realizes it’s a joke. Eventually, people would start by “Yes Noor, I tried harder…” and continue with the issue at hand.

Little jokes like that lightened up the mood and added a little fun in our workplace. It was a piece of a puzzle of creating a great working atmosphere where people actually enjoyed coming to work. I loved it.

Here are some tips for injecting fun into your workplace… and improve performance while you’re at it.