Basics

Giving Up a Little Control

A lot of people think being a great manager means being in control of everything all the time. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve always loved this clip from Kung Fu Panda – it reminds me that no matter how much I might want something to happen, it might not work out the […]

Understanding HR – Basics for Managers

As a manager, unless you are working in a very tiny company you will most likely have access to an HR department to handle some of the back-end paperwork for your team. You might not know it, but being an employer is a complex process in terms of government regulations and laws, taxes, etc. There […]

Management Lessons from The Art of Racing in the Rain

I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It’s sort of about a dog and sort of about race car driving but it’s really about an approach to life and to challenge that I found both inspiring at a personal level and applicable […]

Perspective – The Secret to Success at Work

In the last few months I’ve been asked for my best advice on how to get ahead at work and I always have the same answer – have perspective. What’s perspective? Know the big picture:  You need to understand what your company does and what your boss does.  Get to know why customers buy your […]

Leadership

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (TED)

In a short (14 minute) talk, Amanda Palmer helps us understand the power of asking. A truly fascinating example of leading by giving. I’m reading Give and Take this week (book review to come). This is a good example of a successful giver. (photo by Jurvetson, via flickr)

Do Your Best

Last week Victor Lipman wrote a wonderful post on the many different hats managers need to wear in order to be successful. It’s a huge challenge for a leader to juggle all those roles, and some days it can feel truly overwhelming. What do you do when you feel like you can’t be all the […]

Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and The Debate Over Working From Home

Last Thursday I got a chance to hear Sheryl Sandberg speak at an event put on by The Commonwealth Institute.  Overall I wasn’t surprised by much of the content since I’d already read the book (here’s my review of Lean In).  But at one point Sheryl made a comment that I hadn’t heard before. The […]

Time Management

Top 10 Tools and Resources for New Managers

Starting a new job with management responsibilities?  It can be overwhelming.  The good news is there are plenty of tools to help you be successful in your new management role.  Here are a few of my favorites: The Association for Talent Development – ATD (formerly ASTD) is an industry association for trainers, managers, and anyone […]

Time Management: Scheduled Days

There are a lot of different kinds of days in your working life. There are days full of meetings and days where you plow through your to-do list. There are days where you thought you were going to get one thing done but some other urgent task appeared and your plan went out the window. […]

Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and The Debate Over Working From Home

Last Thursday I got a chance to hear Sheryl Sandberg speak at an event put on by The Commonwealth Institute.  Overall I wasn’t surprised by much of the content since I’d already read the book (here’s my review of Lean In).  But at one point Sheryl made a comment that I hadn’t heard before. The […]

How to Keep Your Focus

People are always looking for better ways to figure out how to focus on what’s important and how to eliminate some of the many distractions that suck away time. Here’s an example of how a vision or mission can help you prioritize your time.

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace by Cy Wakeman

Last week Cy Wakeman released her new book The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. I want to start by applauding Cy for pulling no punches as she delivers her perspective on how to be successful at work. It comes down to one thing and really only one thing – taking accountability for your own behavior. […]

Book Review: Give and Take by Adam Grant

It took me a long time to read Give and Take although not for the reason you might think.  While I did find that Adam Grant has a tendency to repeat himself from time to time, overall I found the book to be thought provoking.  I often put it down to consider a point and […]

Book Review: The Character-Based Leader

I recently read The Character-Based Leader – a great book written by a number of the members of the Lead Change Group. The Character-Based Leader is not a leadership book in the traditional sense of one or two people explaining a philosophy of leadership.  Instead it’s a collection of perspectives on leadership and the role of […]

Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I’ve taken quite a few communication style surveys over the last 10 years, and every one pegs me as an extrovert.  I’ll confess that I procrastinated reading Quiet for several weeks even though it was strongly recommended to me by a co-worker who had read it (and who self identifies as an introvert) because I […]