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...
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