Boss’s Tip of the Week: Have an Immediate Action Rule

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I know you get lots of good ideas during the day. Years ago, a manager named Bobby taught me an easy way to stay action-oriented and moving forward. The guiding principle is that trying out your idea is the quickest way to figure out if it will work or discovering how it should be modified. When you have an idea, test it  »  Read More

3 Ways to Make Sure Nobody Shares Their Good Ideas

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Vic dropped out of high school, which is how he found himself in his late thirties in a succession of menial jobs. He went back to school to get his high school diploma. I don’t mean “adult school” and a GED. Vic went to high school during the day, while he worked nights, and sat in class with his  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/16/21

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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

Book recommendations for business leaders: 6/14/21

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism, The Infinite Leader:  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: 4 Personal Planning Questions

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Planning your personal development begins when you decide what you want. Here are four questions to help you. What do you want to have that you don’t have now? What do you want to preserve? What do you want to avoid? What do you want to get rid of? Start with those questions and then refine them into your personal  »  Read More

What’s Next in Your Life?

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It’s graduation season. This year, the graduations are not virtual. Students, clutching their degrees and diplomas, take their bows. Parents beam. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that the ceremonies we’re talking about go by two different names. “Graduation” is one. The other is “commencement.”  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/9/21

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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

Summer Reading Lists

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After the year of COVID, many of us are craving some time away from work when we can relax, spend time with loved ones, and read. Here are reading lists that suggest more than 100 possibilities for what to read, along with a word of advice. Here are reading lists by PaySimple, Kerry Hannon, Brooke Vuckovic, Jessica  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Try Ideas

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When you’ve got an idea that shows promise, find a way to test it. You’ll learn more from a quick test than hours of discussion. This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time. Just promoted from individual contributor? Check out my book, Now You’re the Boss: Making the Most of  »  Read More

What would be fun to try to create a better workplace?

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Everyone seems to agree that we need to transform our workplaces to make them both more human-friendly and productive. This would be the perfect time after more than a year of forced transformation. But most of the time, the people who want to do things a new way got about it in the old way. Academics have conferences  »  Read More

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