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 […]


The Pitfalls of Labels

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 […]


Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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 […]


Firing Employees – The New Manager’s Field Guide to Termination

Handling terminations is an unfortunate but necessary component of management. For the new manager, this can be a challenging process. This article provides clear guidance to help make the process professional if not enjoyable.


How to Keep Your Best Employees from Quitting

The recovery is beginning and the fear of instability that has held your best people in their seats for two tough years is fading away. Research indicates that 2010 may be the year of turnover – the year that your best people start looking at the job market. Are you doing everything you can to retain your best people?

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