Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

This is what teamwork and collaboration looks like at its best: This is what it looks like at it’s worst: Here are three signs you are stuck in a collaboration sheep cyclone: You have a recurring meeting and the agenda items haven’t changed in over a month You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke […]


How Do You Choose Your Team?

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 […]


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 […]


Keeping Your Team Members Motivated

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 […]


Communicating at All Levels of the Organization

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


How to Deal with a Bad Boss – 6 Tips for Working with a Tough Supervisor

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.


How to be an Effective Manager

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 […]


Aligning Team Goals with Organizational Objectives

How do you develop alignment between team goals and organizational objectives? Make sure you get the facts from the source so you can be more effective as a manager.

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