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...

How to Keep Your Best Employees from Quitting

Times were tough – they still are. So you cut back on your training budget and you backed off your employee development programs because let’s face it, it was that or layoffs. Your employees understood – they all nodded their heads in the company...
Strategies for Dealing with Boring Tasks at Work

Strategies for Dealing with Boring Tasks at Work

Every management job, regardless of your industry or department carries with it some tedious tasks. If you are lucky enough to have an administrative assistant to do your filing or open your mail, that’s great, but I’ll bet you still have things on your...

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...
Randy Pausch on Time Management

Randy Pausch on Time Management

If you haven’t seen the long version of this talk by Randy Pausch, it’s here. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Randy was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who died of pancreatic cancer a few years ago. In his last year he gave an...

How to Build a Team

A group of happy, high-performing individuals is not a team. Even if each of the people who report directly to you is highly motivated and wants to do great work, you will still need to spend time actively developing a sense of unity and collaboration to foster a true...