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 […]
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 […]
Today I was reminded again that different people have different reasons for doing (or not doing) good work. It’s an easy lesson to forget when you are busy and juggling multiple priorities. You can fall into the bad habit of doling out projects based on availability and capacity rather than trying to make sure that […]
The numbers don’t lie – women have made great progress in their representation at lower levels of management but there is still a huge gap in the number of women vs. men at the executive level. Here’s Sheryl Sandberg’s view on why that is and what women can do to change it. Looking for more […]
In 2007 Best Buy implemented a Results Only Work Environment or ROWE. They took the bold step of allowing their employees to work when they wanted, where they wanted, and to measure only the results and not the time spent in the office. The result? 40% more productivity, and a 90% reduction in voluntary turnover. Is a ROWE for you?
When you launch a new initiative with your team, do you use the same presentation you used when you talked to the management team? Don’t! Different levels of the organization want and need different information so be sure you are customizing your communication to your audience. Here are some focus points for each group
What do you do when your own boss is not so great? As you get better at being a manager, one of the first things you’ll notice is that there are LOTS of managers who seem to have missed out on their own training and development. You may be on the receiving end of some of the new manager mistakes I talked about in an earlier post. Whether your manager is too indecisive to choose a sandwich at lunch or a dominating control freak who wants to edit your every email before you send it, you will need some strategies to survive and thrive. Here are your best options for minimizing the impact of a bad boss on your life.