Kacie Walters

I am a learning and organizational effectiveness professional committed to ensuring workplaces are engaging and employees are motivated on the job.

When you have to make a tough decision: 3 tips to help steer you

As a manager, you are faced with some tough decisions. Deciding on compensation, promotions, assignments, hiring, firing, and budget cuts (my least favorite) are all part of reality as a manager. Most managers try and find the most fair decision based on some criteria. Determining what is fair maybe “should” be obvious but, oftentimes, decisions …

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When you want to delegate but are afraid to: 6 pitfalls to avoid

As a people manager, there are a number of responsibilities we have that may seem challenging, not just when starting out, but at any time as a manager. Some of those include delivering critical feedback, communicating bad news, putting someone on a performance improvement plan, resolving conflict and delegating (among others). Delegating can feel weird …

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When you want to please everyone: 7 tips to be a respected manager and let go of needing to be liked

One of the hardest parts about being a manager is that sometimes you have to make an unpopular decision, communicate bad news or take action that benefits one of your team members but not another. These can be difficult tasks to undertake but may be necessary to benefit the greater good or make financial sense. …

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When you need to get out of the way: 7 mistakes to avoid as a leader when your team needs to shine

As a leader, sometimes we think we need to have all of the answers. Being that go-to expert in everything we manage makes us feel valuable. We sometimes think the way to really shine is to be the one answering all of the questions, delivering all of the presentations, being the face of everything your …

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When you want to influence a change: The 5-part model that works for me

Getting others to buy into your idea, plan or pitch for budget is a regular occurrence in the corporate world. Especially, if you are in a corporate support group, you are constantly striving for people to love the product, process or service you provide and continue to see value in what you are doing. For …

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