Is management leadership?

Many people will answer “no” to that question. No, they say. Management is management, and leadership is leadership, and the two have different objectives and different activities. A lot of opinion on the internet reinforces that point. I disagree, which won’t surprise anyone who knows me. If you have at least one person reporting to you at least some of …

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But what about the baggage?

If you’re an adult, you’ve got some. Baggage. Issues. Triggers. Hot buttons. Whatever you want to call it. Because no one gets into adulthood without at least a little baggage – and some have a lot. And we bring this baggage into the workplace with us, whether we like it or not. So do our employees and team members. But …

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How to support a decision you don’t believe in

If it hasn’t happened yet, it will. Eventually you’ll be asked, as a manager and leader, to support a decision you disagree with. Maybe it’s a project you don’t think will succeed. Maybe it’s a corporate acquisition – a merger with another company. Maybe it’s a round of cost-cutting and associated layoffs. Maybe it’s a single employee being terminated. Whatever it …

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What do you do when a trainee won’t learn?

You’ve been training a new employee. And they’re stuck. They can’t seem to pick up the details, they can’t absorb the next step, they can’t “get it right,” they’re clearly stressed and unhappy – and so are you! You’ve tried everything you know how to do. Speaking privately with them. Role-playing. Asking questions to find out what they do understand – …

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The dangers of over-delivering

“Under-promise and over-deliver.” It’s a common principle, especially in consulting and other service businesses. But – as we discussed in last week’s Empowered Leadership group meeting – sometimes over-delivering isn’t such a great idea. As a prime example, I recently had a conversation with a woman who routinely got middle-of-the-night phone calls because she had become the go-to person for …

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How much time does it take to grow a new leader?

A follower asked a great question on an “Ask Me Anything (about leadership)” post on my Facebook business page. “How do you balance the time devoted to leadership development versus running the business/department?” There’s a sneaky assumption embedded in the question that training and development is separate from running the department. But leadership development is part of running the business, …

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Stop flinging candidate spaghetti against the wall!

As a hiring manager, you know what I mean by that. Even if you don’t want to admit it. But I’ll give you an example. A client was convinced – as in, 100% certain, no question – that he couldn’t find great employees in his industry and geographic location. He felt that the specialized requirements of the job just weren’t possible …

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Where’s your power?

Power. It’s a tricksy concept, isn’t it? Kind of uncomfortable for a lot of people. As a leader, you have power. You might be a new manager with just one person reporting to you. You have power. Actually, you have power even if no one reports to you. We all have power. It’s how we use it that matters. Or …

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Are you scary?

You might be more scary than you think. A recent Harvard Business Review article cites research indicating that although 66 percent of survey respondents said they were “never” or “rarely” scary to their employees … that wasn’t necessarily their employees’ experience. Simply by virtue of your title, you may appear intimidating to your team – even if that title seems relatively …

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Are you ready to WIN? (and that’s NOT what you think!)

I am not a fan of long hours, hustle-at-all-costs, and burnout. Been there, done that, and I don’t even want to see the T-shirt! Yet I’ve attended plenty of meetings where the team was exhorted to “crush it,”  “kill your numbers,” “beat the {unreasonable} deadline,” and so on. Frankly, even typing those terms makes me feel slightly ill. So when …

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