Category: Boss

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Use your weekend for good

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Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Make sure you do something this weekend that has nothing to do with work. Here are some suggestions. Do something special with someone you love. Devote time to a non-work task that absorbs you. Do something special for  »  Read More

How to avoid becoming an awful boss

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Most of the nicknames we had for my worst boss ever are not suitable for a workplace-friendly blog. Most of the time, we referred to him by the initials “SA,” which stood for “Sir Awful.” Sometimes the people who worked for him would substitute another A-word for “awful.” I hardly ever think about him anymore  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Touch base a lot

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Great bosses touch base a lot. It’s a simple behavior that can make things better for everyone. When you touch base a lot, conversations happen naturally and conversations are your key tool. When you touch base a lot, the fact that you’re there is not an event, so it’s easier to observe and to get your  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Lose the adjectives

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Use objective, non-judgmental language when you document behavior or when you give feedback. That makes it easier to have a conversation about the behavior and easier to defend your description in an adversarial proceeding. Describe the behavior or your own actions accurately, but without the adjectives. That’s the  »  Read More

How to Have More Successful Supervisory Conversations

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For a couple of decades, one of the first exercises I did in every supervisory skills class was to ask the participants what they wanted to learn. Again and again, “How to talk to team members about behavior or performance” turned up at the top of the list. Here’s what you need to know if you want to do that part of  »  Read More

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