In 2011 Mumford and Sons broke out after their appearance on the Grammy’s. After watching them, a friend of mine quipped: Too bad Mumford didn’t have any sons who played drums… It’s tempting as a manager to think about the elements you need on your team and worry about the skills you don’t have. You […]
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!
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. […]
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 […]
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.
Remember the old Nike commercial with Michael Jordan and Spike Lee? If you don’t, thanks to the wonders of YouTube here it is: So it’s an anti-ad, we all got that part. Michael Jordan would be great in his bare feet but Nike doesn’t care because every 15 year old still believes that his Nike […]