It’s Thursday and we’re throwing it back to some of our favorite posts over the years. Learning is always dependent on referencing the past and when it comes to team management, the following 6 posts and the research they offer are always relevant. Take a moment to recount where your team was when each post went live and let us know in the comments what you’ve done to grow into 2016!



Run These 3 Tests to Help Improve Team Alignment


How do we work best? It’s a question on every manager’s mind, but it can be difficult to answer. There are lots of remedies, solutions and workarounds floating out there, but it’s not always easy to see what methods work best for your own staff. However, conducting the right tests can help you make key decisions while hiring and training.


Read on to best manage your team…



5 Must-Have Tools for Managing Flex Work Teams


The way we work is steadily changing; traditional 9-5 jobs are turning to flex hours and workstations are wherever you can bring a smart device. If you aren’t already part of the flex work movement, with about 29% of full-time employees having flexible work schedules, it probably won’t be long until your organization taps into this opportunity.


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Flex work options are in high demand, as both an attraction and retention incentive. Be sure that your managers are set up for managing these flex teams successfully.


Read on for productive work flex…



Building Your Team With Diversity in Mind

When building out a team, a new division or staffing your company in general, it’s of course important to focus on skills, both hard and soft. You want team members to know what they’re doing and work well together. But many companies overlook the importance of building a diverse team, and there’s reason to believe, it hurts the bottom line. Here are some hard and fast rules about building a diverse team and how it can make your company better in the long run.


Read on for diverse team building…



Before Offending an Entire Generation, Look into Your Leadership

Remember when the HR world stood shocked when a CEO with a massive turnover problem blamed the Millennials for the entire thing? Generations from all over the country lambasted the poor accountability of Trail King Industries CEO Bruce Yakley.


“We lost 279 of them,” Yakely said. “Mostly because of work ethic issues.”


They hired 280.


See what we discovered about this case here…



Why Lou Adler is Wrong About Personality Assessments

Lou Adler (@LouA), CEO of The Adler Group and author of The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired, recently published an article claiming personality tests make for a poor candidate experience. He lists his assumptions on why these tests enforce glass ceilings on what the quality of hire means for the company, and frankly do more bad than good.


Read our take on Lou Adler here…



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What’s the Difference Between Coaching and Managing?

Right Management released a survey earlier this year revealing 68% of managers fail to engage their employees’ career development. That is a significant majority, so how do you manage effectively? Coaching is an essential part of it. If you don’t know how to coach, you may not be able to manage properly. Coaching is not just about direction but more about being personally invested in where the employee is headed.


What’s the difference between coaching and managing?


Explore the differences here…

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