Tough times require tough bosses

Seven basic management skills to motivate your workers

Tough times require tough bossesFor over two decades we have been training leaders to manage people by empowering them. Leaders who were authoritarian, who behaved like a parent instead of a coach, were seen as dinosaurs at the end of their era. Times change. I remember how a conversation I had with a client, an enlightened and successful leader, unfolded:…

Ten strategies to improve your odds of a better hire

If you take your time, and trust your gut, you are more likely to find the best candidate

Ten strategies to improve your odds of a better hireHiring is rarely something managers look forward to. It often feels like an arduous process that ends in a crap shoot. But there are strategies that improve your odds of hiring well. Don’t stay inside the box. In my experience, employers do not cast a wide enough net when they recruit talent. Human resources professionals and…

Eight step program to surviving a bad boss

Studies consistently show that one of the top reasons people quit a job is to escape a bad boss

Eight step program to surviving a bad bossCindy, a consistently high performer, has been with her firm for 10 years. She really likes the company, her job and the people she works with. But about six months ago, she found herself with a new boss. He’s an up-and-comer; young and ambitious, but lacking in leadership savvy. Determined to prove himself, he pushes…

Five tips to recharging your motivational battery

Are you in a motivational rut? Do you loathe your job? Here's help

Five tips to recharging your motivational batteryIt isn’t a secret that many of us don’t love our jobs. At the moment, I am happily in that ‘I love my job!’ place. But I remember when, a couple of years ago, I was in the ‘I loathe my job’ place. You may be somewhere in the middle. In many respects, that is…

How to survive getting a new boss

Treating the situation like getting a new job increases your chances of surviving the inevitable review

How to survive getting a new bossHere are six key questions you can ask yourself, along with strategies to help you keep your job when you get a new boss. Who is Evaluating Whom? One thing many people forget is that they will be tested. Of course you are evaluating and testing your new boss. But that person is also evaluating…

Make social networking work for you

Social networking opens up a new avenue for those of us who were not born to be social butterflies

Make social networking work for youIs it just me or is everyone more interested in 'networking' these days? I've noticed a significant increase in 'join my network' requests from people I know, have known, or barely know through sites like LinkedIn. Everyone seems to be interested in connecting and exchanging contact information. Is social networking taking over the planet, or…

Is self-employment really for you?

If you want to thrive as your own boss you need to be prepared to sell yourself every day

Is self-employment really for you?Have you dreamed of being your own boss? Most of us probably have. We think about the flexibility and freedom it offers. We wonder how much more income we would retain if we simply contracted out our services. We imagine what it would be like to be our own boss. That picture of three-day weeks…

Why you need a psychologist in the boardroom

It's time boards gave serious and strategic consideration to how they can accelerate and maximize their effectiveness

Why you need a psychologist in the boardroomI'm preparing to facilitate a board strategy retreat and the project has sparked thoughts about bringing a psychologist into the boardroom. “Let me be clear, I don’t do strategic planning,” I stressed when I got the call. The chair assured me they weren't looking for a strategic planning expert. They wanted someone who is really good…

How to use the ‘Rule of 3’ to make better hiring decisions

Striving for three final candidates allows hiring committees to keep an open mind, test for fit and plan for imperfection

How to use the ‘Rule of 3’ to make better hiring decisionsIn The Secrets of Great CEO Selection, Ram Charan advises hiring committees to keep an open mind, test for fit and plan for imperfection. One of the organizations I'm involved with just concluded a chief executive officer selection process so this topic is fresh in my mind. A key lesson I learned is how important it…

Your guide to unsticking your team’s potential

How to deal with three team-member dysfunctions that can get in the way of team effectiveness

Your guide to unsticking your team’s potentialThe 'team' is probably the most complex and irritating relationship in an organization. As individuals, we seem to be able to work with most people one-on-one, perhaps in groups of threes, and also as an entity of hundreds and even thousands. Where we struggle most is when there is a medium-sized group of us clustered…

4 sure-fire ways to reduce productivity in your organization

Our simple 4-step plan to reducing productivity and watching your business go down the drain

4 sure-fire ways to reduce productivity in your organizationA lack of productivity is actually a serious concern because the more it costs us to produce something the less competitive we are in the global marketplace. And the less competitive we are leads directly to fewer jobs, diminished earning power and a lower standard of living. The usual explanations as to why we struggle with productivity…

3 situations when team interventions won’t work

Before jumping head-first into a team building session, ask yourself if it really going to resolve the issue

3 situations when team interventions won’t workLeading a team requires a skill set that is completely different from that of managing direct reports, the people who work directly under you. I have worked for leaders who were great at galvanizing a team but really ineffective one-on-one, and amazing bosses who were terrible team leads. Actually, most of the people I’ve worked…

Six mistakes people make when they start a new job

25 per cent of people who move into a new job will fail. Paying attention to these six common mistakes will help make sure you are not one of them

Six mistakes people make when they start a new jobWhat happens when leaders take on new roles or responsibilities in their company? 'Onboarding' – the process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the company – has focused almost exclusively on employees who join from the outside. But there is usually a lot more internal…

A leader’s main job is to manage chaos

A leader provides his team with vision, values and guidelines critical to helping people make the best possible decisions for the company

A leader’s main job is to manage chaosA leader I met with once said something that has stuck with me. "Most people are trying to do what they believe is in the best interest of the organization. The trouble is they may not have the same point of view on what that is. And that leads to chaos." As an example, take the…

The world needs fewer leaders and more good managers

Management is the infrastructure that allows a leader's vision to become a sustainable reality

The world needs fewer leaders and more good managersBusiness and management guru Henry Mintzberg made the argument a few years ago that businesses are asking for trouble because of their penchant for separating "leaders" from "managers" and placing leadership in a superior role over management. We are suffering, in other words, not from a lack of leadership, but from the absence of good management. Mintzberg believes that, while…
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