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The 10-Minute Check-In

The 10-Minute Check-In

Managers are responsible for giving timely performance feedback to employees. These feedback conversations should occur, at the very least, during the annual performance review and even as frequently as on a monthly basis. However, there are multiple reasons managers feel there’s not enough time to fit these conversations into their busy schedules. One way to(…)

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Defining Goals… With Chickens!

Defining Goals… With Chickens!

We define our goals to evaluate our progress each year. But getting too specific with our objectives may cause us to be too focused on completing a checklist, rather than adapting to each assignment’s needs. We should focus on producing our best possible work without fitting our process into a formula. This video will show this approach, and chickens. https://gathercontent.com/advent-calendar#day16  (…)

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How Do I Handle a Retroactive Salary Increase When Sponsored Funds Are Involved?

How Do I Handle a Retroactive Salary Increase When Sponsored Funds Are Involved?

Let’s pretend it’s March 1, 2015, and you have two JHU faculty members who both received retroactive raises in letters from the promotion committee dated March 1, 2015. Dr. Einstein’s raise is effective November 1, 2014 (more than 90 days ago) and Dr. Watson’s raise is effective January 1, 2015 (less than 90 days ago).(…)

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Reflections of an Aging Admin

Reflections of an Aging Admin

Last week, I shook hands with President Daniels to celebrate 25 years of service. I have spent the prime of my life administratively supporting hard-science research projects at JHU. I like working beside and with smart, ambitious people on prestigious projects, even if I am “only” an administrative member of the team. You’ve heard of(…)

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Relationships and Teaming

Relationships and Teaming

There are many factors involved in achieving success at work and in life, but there are two variables that can make or break any endeavor. They are the ability to build and maintain relationships, and teaming. When people are able to build and maintain positive relationships with one another, they’re more likely to form teams that(…)

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Innovation and Problem Solving

Innovation and Problem Solving

There’s an old adage that goes, “don’t re-invent the wheel” when it comes to creating new concepts, programs, or projects. Instead, try making something better through innovation! A simple way to define innovation is to think of it as problem solving. Contrary to what many people may think, innovation is different from invention, in that when you(…)

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An Equitable Environment

An Equitable Environment

Equity is about more than just equality. It’s about ensuring that everyone has the right and the opportunity to be successful. It’s about building an environment where administrators, faculty, students, and staff are able to participate fully and thrive. Equity must exist on three levels: within the organization, within teams, and among individuals. Organization –(…)

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