Questions for Your Personal Annual Review

In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at questions to assess your personal performance this year, getting rid of “barnacles”, choosing a few key goals for action in 2024, reimagining marketing with AI in the mix, avoiding pitfalls in one-on-one meetings, success factors behind outperforming family-owned businesses, and our year-end shout-out. Enjoy!

Questions for your Personal Annual Review
Developing Goals for Next Year
Reimagining Marketing and Sales with AI
How to Have Lousy One-on-Ones
The List: Success Factors Behind Outperforming Family-Owned Businesses
Reading: Strategic
Reading: Elastic
Our 2023 Year-End Shout-Out

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In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at promoting change, encouraging staff, better check-in conversations, T-shape skill sets and knowing when it’s time to pull the plug. Enjoy!

Two Techniques for Promoting Change
Focus Your Check-In Conversations
The One-Minute Manager’s Top Takeaway
Scratch the Degree Requirement
When To Pull the Plug
Consider Hiring “T-Shaped” Leaders
Reading: A New Way to Think
Reading: Range (Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World)

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In this 8020Info Water Cooler we focus on recovery from the hit on fundraising, selling in a difficult economy, leadership on equity issues, tips on dealing with big new problems, and how we tend to react to expectations (plus a bonus on what we’re reading). Enjoy!

Non-Profit Fundraising Guide for 2020
Sales in a Difficult Economy
Don’t Be Afraid to Be Bold on Equity
Three Conversations to Have with your Team
The Four Tendencies
Don’t Get Stuck on Change
What We’re Reading: Into the Uncharted

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In this 8020Info Water Cooler we focus on exploring more “why” questions, making it easy to follow your presentations, supporting your sales team, 11 paradoxes that managers must balance, and how COVID can change senior leadership dynamics. Enjoy!

The Eight “Whys”
Four Tips For Easy-To-Follow Presentations
Aiding The Sales Team
Two Questions To Improve Decision-Making
11 Paradoxes Of Management
How COVID Can Cause Cracks In Board Dynamics

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In this 8020Info Water Cooler we focus on the elastic tension between your leadership vision and current reality, plus tips on reducing Zoom fatigue, communicating in high-stress situations, and whether it’s time to reconsider your brand positioning. Enjoy!

Rubber Band Leadership
Five Ways To Combat Zoom Fatigue
Selling In A Pandemic
Two Mantras For Our Times
Do You Need A New Brand Category?
Communicating in High-Stress Situations

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In this 8020Info Water Cooler we explore questions to guide onboarding for new employees, probe reasons for procrastination, look at how stresses drive consumers to buy, and share warnings about collective decision-making. Enjoy!

Five Questions for Onboarding
Why People Buy
Stop Collective Decision-Making
Salespeople Don’t Need To Be Liked
The List:  Making Leadership Training Stick
Procrastination Diagnostics

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