Management Tip

May
08

Top 10 Tools and Resources for New Managers

Starting a new job with management responsibilities?  It can be overwhelming.  The good news is there are plenty of tools to help you be successful in your new management role.  Here are a few of my favorites: The Association for Talent Development – ATD (formerly ASTD) is an industry association for trainers, managers, and anyone […]

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May
01

Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Last Friday I attended a presentation by Charles Jacobs, author of Management Rewired.  It was a fantastic talk about how our brains work, and particularly how motivation works (or doesn’t) in the workplace.  I walked away with a brand new understanding about management that’s incredibly simple and important to the happiness of employees. Let’s talk […]

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Mar
27

The Speed of Leadership

Have you ever been driving on a highway and missed your exit?  There’s a moment of panic and indecision as you see the sign and wonder if that’s where you should get off.  Maybe another car is blocking you and you can’t move over fast enough.  Maybe your GPS is telling you to go a […]

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Mar
19

How to Keep Your Team Motivated – Incentives that Work

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 […]

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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 […]

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When Should You Compromise at Work?

Last week I was out scouring the internet looking for the exact words (and source) of the quote about a good compromise making everyone unhappy.  Not only did I find multiple versions and sources of it, but I found something else that interested me even more.  Depending on who you ask, compromise is either the […]

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Apr
12

How to Keep Your Focus

People are always looking for better ways to figure out how to focus on what’s important and how to eliminate some of the many distractions that suck away time. Here’s an example of how a vision or mission can help you prioritize your time.

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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

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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.

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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 […]

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