management

Jun
10

Understanding HR – Basics for Managers

As a manager, unless you are working in a very tiny company you will most likely have access to an HR department to handle some of the back-end paperwork for your team. You might not know it, but being an employer is a complex process in terms of government regulations and laws, taxes, etc. There […]

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May
16

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 […]

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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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Apr
29

Book Review: Give and Take by Adam Grant

It took me a long time to read Give and Take although not for the reason you might think.  While I did find that Adam Grant has a tendency to repeat himself from time to time, overall I found the book to be thought provoking.  I often put it down to consider a point and […]

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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 […]

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4 Tips for Solving Tough Problems

I’ve never come up with a great idea sitting at my desk going through my to-do list.  My best ideas come when I do one (or more) of these things: Walk away from the problem – Sometimes when you leave something alone for a couple of days, you see it from a different perspective and […]

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Apr
12

Do Your Best

Last week Victor Lipman wrote a wonderful post on the many different hats managers need to wear in order to be successful. It’s a huge challenge for a leader to juggle all those roles, and some days it can feel truly overwhelming. What do you do when you feel like you can’t be all the […]

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Apr
06

Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and The Debate Over Working From Home

Last Thursday I got a chance to hear Sheryl Sandberg speak at an event put on by The Commonwealth Institute.  Overall I wasn’t surprised by much of the content since I’d already read the book (here’s my review of Lean In).  But at one point Sheryl made a comment that I hadn’t heard before. The […]

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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 […]

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