The more time you spend in management or HR, the more you will come in contact with tools like DiSC, Forte, Myers Briggs and Insights Discovery Profiles. These communication style surveys are great tools for inspiring conversation around how different people work and communicate. But be careful when you use them because they come with […]
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 […]
Today as I was flipping through my twitter feed I came across a gem of an article on the likelihood of incentive programs to backfire by Dan and Chip Heath. It reminded me of the old law of unintended consequences. As a manager when you act, things happen. Some of them are things you wanted […]
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 […]
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.