Suddenly managing from home?

You’ve been told to work from home. On the one hand, yay: you’re at less risk for infection. But you’re used to being in the office with your team. And now you can’t walk over to someone’s desk to ask a question or get a status report, and they can’t come to your office to check in or brainstorm problems. …

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Are you contagious?

Did you know that your attitude is contagious? So is everyone else’s. A client noticed that when one of his consistently negative and cranky co-workers went on vacation, the whole office lightened up … until the co-worker came back. And it wasn’t even anyone he worked with directly. Everyone has days when they’re less than bright and bubbly. We’re human, after …

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What do you MEAN, you’re leaving?!

Your best employee just told you she needs to take an extended leave of absence. Maybe it’s a sick family member. Maybe she just got the chance of a lifetime to do something she’s always dreamed of. Maybe it’s something else. Whatever it is, she’s going to be gone for a while. And she’s giving you a choice: she can …

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Manager’s Guide to Change Leadership

Ever had to deal with the anxiety and resistance caused by change at work? A new software system, a new boss, a merger with another company, some sort of cultural change initiative – change management and change leadership are hard AND important responsibilities. And if you’re a manager just learning your management skills / leadership skills, it’s even more challenging …

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Flexible Workplace: problems & solutions

Is your flexible, casual workplace becoming too informal or disrespectful? It’s the law of unintended consequences at work, creating situations where employees are disrespectful, missing deadlines, and disrespecting each other’s time and energy. As a manager or supervisor, what can you do? How can you manage this situation, especially if your company emphasizes a flexible, casual culture? In this video, …

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Five first-time manager mistakes

Watch as I review the five most-common mistakes new managers make (including one you probably haven’t even thought of), and give you some tips and resources on how to AVOID making them. As a new manager or new supervisor, you’re wondering how to manage – and how NOT to manage! What mistakes should you be on the alert for avoiding? …

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Who values your time?

Time. It really is the one thing we can never get back. But we’re not always as careful with it as we might be. You could be the most organized person on the planet … but if other people nibble away at your time, you can end up rushed and frustrated and out of time for what matters to you. Let’s …

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Got a tough feedback challenge?

I once worked with someone who was, let’s say, an extreme health enthusiast. He ran marathons for fun, and ate raw garlic for his immune system and cholesterol. He was smart and good at his job … and we all thought he was probably an interesting person, but no one wanted to get close enough to find out. A colleague …

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Five true joys of being a manager

I’ve spent the last month or two writing and video-ing about the problems, challenges, and hardships of managing and leading. It was getting depressing. So as an antidote, and in no particular order, here’s a list of five really fun, rewarding, and great things about being a manager. 1. You get to delegate No, I’m not being sarcastic or snarky. I’m serious. …

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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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