What Makes a Great Manager?

What Makes a Great Manager?

What words come to mind when we think about what managers do? Crack open a thesaurus and we find a range of synonyms from ‘director’ to ‘zookeeper’. The dictionary uses words like ‘control’ and ‘administer’. Ask an employee, and you’ll likely get an eye roll along...
What To Do When Collaboration Breaks Down on Your Team

What To Do When Collaboration Breaks Down on Your Team

This is what teamwork and collaboration looks like at its best:   Here are three signs that collaboration has broken down on your team: You have a recurring meeting and the agenda items haven’t changed in over a month You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke...
Giving Up a Little Control

Giving Up a Little Control

A lot of people think being a great manager means being in control of everything all the time. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve always loved this clip from Kung Fu Panda – it reminds me that no matter how much I might want something to...
Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

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...

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...

How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down...
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