Is that fair?

As a manager, supervisor, and leader, you want to treat your team fairly. But just exactly what does “fair” mean? When we’re little, we tend to interpret “fair” as “equivalent” (even though “equivalent” probably isn’t in our vocabulary!). If Johnny gets a peanut-butter cup, then we should get one too. But as we grow up, we learn that maybe this …

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What’s your default answer?

Does your imagination present you with all the reasons why something will go wrong? That’s a great skill, and I mean that sincerely. Being able to see potential pitfalls and problems is part of risk management, and leaders need to be good at managing risk if they want to succeed. But this ability to see all the ways something won’t …

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The dangers of delegation! (A true story, with dog)

Last night, my husband fed the dog. I usually do this, but I was busy, so I delegated. With a certain amount of anxiety. Because, as all of us who delegate know, there are many potential pitfalls. After all, we’re the ones who know how to do the task correctly – right? And sure enough, there were plenty of missteps. He didn’t …

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The problem with promotions

Promotions are great. They acknowledge the quality of your hard work, they represent progress and feel like success, and hey, who can argue with a bigger paycheck? So why am I suggesting that there’s a problem with them? In general – there isn’t. As an individual contributor diligently climbing the promotions ladder, you typically (and, let’s face it, often very frustratingly) …

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The key to receiving feedback is…

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about giving feedback (you can read it here). A reader wisely observed, “This is helpful not only for giving, but also for being open to receiving feedback.” Absolutely true, and since I hadn’t thought of that, I was especially grateful she took the time to email me. (I hope it’s no surprise that I …

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Corrective feedback: are you making one of these 3 mistakes?

As a leader, giving feedback to your people is part of your job. And while we all enjoy giving “yay, you!” feedback, it’s safe to say that no one likes having to deliver correction. That said, it’s still part of the job of developing your people and ensuring they deliver top-quality results. Here, then, are three mistakes and myths you …

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Do you like people?

Seriously. Do you like people? Not just your friends. People, in general. Humanity, as a whole. Of course there are specific people you don’t like, people who rub you the wrong way, people whose values, attitudes, or philosophies you don’t agree with. But if you want to be a good leader, someone who inspires and motivates your team, you need …

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What are you doing?

Directly across from my computer is a bulletin board. On the board, right in my line of sight, is a five-inch by eight-inch index card with three short lines on it. The top line reads: When I look up and see it, I’m reminded to check in with myself. Is what I’m doing worthwhile? That doesn’t mean it has to …

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Who will you be?

If you want to grow as a leader – whatever your role may be right now – you’ll have to change. There is no growth without change. There’s simply no way to become different without – duh – becoming different. That sounds like a Captain Obvious statement, for sure. But how many people do you know who struggle in vain …

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You just never know…

None of us have any idea how much impact we have on people. A year and a half ago, a young woman saw my husband and me with our Golden Doodle, Bonnie. It was a crowded sidewalk. She was coming toward us, passed close by, tapped Bonnie on the head and said, “Doodlepop!” We’ve never forgotten that, and often call …

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