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Jul
15

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 […]

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Jun
10

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 […]

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Dec
01

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 […]

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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 […]

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The Pattern of Great Leadership – Simon Sinek

Looking for more ideas on how to grow your management and leadership skills?  Why not join the Survive Your Promotion group on LinkedIn?  Share management and leadership resources, ask questions, make connections and help other emerging leaders!

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Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

Great insight on why working in the office and being interrupted all day makes no sense. Looking for more ideas on how to grow your management and leadership skills?  Why not join the Survive Your Promotion group on LinkedIn?  Share management and leadership resources, ask questions, make connections and help other emerging leaders!

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How to be Successful

Everyone wants to be successful right?  Or more accurately, no one wants to fail.  But how can you find success in your life, your job, or anywhere else?  The answer is simple. Love what you do. There’s nothing that will make you better than doing what you love and pursuing it with all your heart.  […]

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How to Solve Tough Problems

“I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” ~Thomas Edison What he didn’t say is how long it took him to get through those 10,000 wrong answers.  Being wrong (or finding a way that doesn’t work) isn’t a problem in and of itself.  The problem is when you’re wrong and you can’t move […]

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What is Professional Behavior?

Be professional – you know you’ve heard it – probably from a mentor, a parent, or a manager.  And it’s pretty good career advice…  if you know what it means.  The challenge is that professionalism means different things to different people, and professional behavior varies widely depending on your working environment. Dictionary.com gives us a […]

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How to Get Through a Crisis at Work

When I was 17 my car broke down on the side of the Mass Pike out in the middle of nowhere.  This was many long years ago before cell phones (shortly after the earth cooled – I know…) so I was pretty stuck.  So of course I panicked and worried and wrung my hands which […]

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