You Gotta Get 'em to Wanna: Six Roles the Modern Leader Plays
by Ian Cook

So much is changing in our economic and business environment these years, is it any wonder that the nature of leadership is changing too? We're not talking a new fad, here, folks. Fads come and they go. Leadership-as it is progressively practiced today-is here to stay! If you manage, supervise, direct or formally influence other people, you lead them! So, just for the record, what does this new style of leadership comprise?

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Check, Please! Tips for Successful Reference Checks

Skipping reference checks or treating them lightly is a recipe for a bad hire. A candidate with a past history of questionable performance or inadequate experience can come back to haunt you and damage your professional reputation as a manager. Performing due diligence with reference checks is a textbook example of spending time and effort early on to save yourself headaches down the road. Here are tips on checking references before you make an offer.

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Book Review

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick M. Lencioni

An effective leader realizes that getting everyone in an organization rowing in the same direction is more than half the battle. As a manager, one of the most important questions you ask a prospective employee is how they operate as part of a team. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team focuses on teambuilding without resorting to gimmicky, quick fix methods. Any supervisor who is interested in devoting time and effort to cultivating a team that trusts and motivates each other or reshaping a team to function better will find Lencioni's book insightful.

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Q. We've been using AppleOne for a large project. Things are going OK, but every week I have about 50 time cards to sign. If it were 1 or 2, that would be one thing, but 50 is a bit much. Is there any way to consolidate those?

A. Absolutely, you should ask your Account Executive about our Web-based time card. It will consolidate reporting for you in a single location, and you can quickly verify the hours for all of your associates at one time.


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