Boss’s Tip of the Week: Don’t make it a contest

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It’s easy to slip into the belief that because you’re the boss, you’re the one who should be right all the time. Thinking that way can turn problem-solving conversations into contests where you strive to come out on top. Don’t do that. Gather opinions and data from everyone, discuss the options  »  Read More

3 Secrets of Better Performance Conversations

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We can laugh about it today. My new neighbor had just moved in across the street and, because he was new, he parked in just the perfect spot to block me from getting out of my own driveway. When I headed across the street, I was sure we were going to have a pretty good dust-up. I was ready. Imagine a fierce look and a  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/22/17

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 2/21/17

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Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw  »  Read More

Book Review: Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

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I love Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford for three reasons. The first is that the worst boss I ever had was an absolute clean desk freak. He insisted that your desk should be completely clean of everything except what you were working on right then. At night, he expected the top of your  »  Read More

Leadership Reading to Start Your Week: 2/20/17

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Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I’m pointing you to articles about leadership, strategy, industries, innovation, women and work, and work and learning now and in the future. Highlights  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Help your team members succeed

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It’s not sufficient to accomplish the mission. Part of your job is helping your team members succeed. Help your team members succeed today by making sure they have the skills and resources to do what you ask them to do. Help your team members succeed today by giving clear and reasonable assignments and following up  »  Read More

Leadership: Develop by Doing

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“I don’t know if I can do this. It’s just not me.” John was an experienced police officer who’d just been promoted to Sergeant. That’s why he was in my supervisory skills class. I was suggesting that he do things like increasing the amount of legitimate praise and building on strengths of his teammates while  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/15/17

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 2/14/17

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Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw  »  Read More

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