How to be Successful

Everyone wants to be successful right?  Or more accurately, no one wants to fail.  But how can you find success in your life, your job, or anywhere else?  The answer is simple. Love what you do. There’s nothing that will make you better than doing what you love and...

What is Professional Behavior?

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...

A Different Kind of Rowe

Yesterday I talked about the ROWE as in Results Only Work Environment, and today I had every intention of posting a long article on managing a remote team.  But then I came across this video of Mike Rowe speaking at TED and was struck by several things: I could not...

Row Row ROWE Your Team

In 2007 Best Buy implemented a Results Only Work Environment or ROWE.  They took the bold step of allowing their employees to work when they wanted, where they wanted, and to measure only the results and not the time spent in the office. The result? 40% more...

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?  Stop!  Different levels of the organization want and need different information – you need to customize your communication for...

Emotion and Management – How Much is Too Much?

Last week I posted an article about team building in which I said that leaders should limit their emotional volatility. I was recently asked if I meant that managers should avoid showing emotion entirely, and of course I didn’t mean that at all.  Caring about...