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What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

This is not a deep psychology dive on ego and power in business leadership, which is a huge topic.

But I want to share some practical observations about how good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, and how others build themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally. I am a fan of the former.

What I have found is that the people who imagine that they have more power than they do can’t distinguish between the fact that their role has power vs. that they are powerful personally. Read more…

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Poor Performance is Contagious, Especially If You Won’t Deal With It

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As managers, at some point we all encounter an employee who frustrates us and drains the life and energy out of the team.

When you are in this situation with someone, you know it in your heart that you should act, particularly when they really annoy you. But, you don’t act right away because you second guess yourself, and you keep thinking, “they really do some things very well — sometimes…” Read more…

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The Two Most Important Decisions That a Manager Can Make

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The first time I held a general management role, I had a mentor share something with me I found to be pretty life changing.

He said, “You need to worry about WHO and WHY. That’s it.

Here is why this is so important. Read more…

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Good Things Seem to Happen When You Trust Talented People

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The best way to find out if you can trust somebody – is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway

I was preparing for this month’s webinar and I came across the above quote.

One of the best lessons I ever learned about performance management and delegating is, that if you trust talented people, good things happen. Read more…

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How Not to Get Sued For April Foolishness in the Workplace

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Editor’s Note: This popular TLNT post from 2013 seemed appropriate to bring back today.

There’s a distinct possibility that some of your employees will do something foolish today that could get you sued, fired or worse.

To help prevent that from happening, the following is our handy How Not to Get Sued for April Foolishness.

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Death. Serious injury. Emotional distress. Massive lawsuits. All have resulted from workplace pranks gone bad. Here are just a few examples:  Read more…

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Exit Interviews: The 2nd Most Worthless Activity HR Has to Handle

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Let’s be clear, the most useless HR activity is Performance Management. Hands down.

But since I have been an enthusiastic beater of that horse already, a close second has to be the Exit Interview.

Let’s review all of the reasons for their sacred cow status: Read more…

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Think We Have Skills Shortages Now? Just Wait Until We Get to 2020

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Skills shortages in 2020 will rise to an entirely new level.

And I’m not talking about STEM skills, although they’re critical. Or the ability to speak multiple languages, which needs to be more common in the U.S. Or even the readiness of college graduates to take a place in the economy, which a majority of employers report is lacking.

I’m talking about the skills that the globally-connected, superstructured, computationally focused, smart-machine powered organizations of the future staffed by longer living and working, new media-using employees will require. Read more…

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Leadership 101: The Most Powerful Words You Want From Any Leader

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“All I want is for someone, sometime, just one time, to say thank you.”

She works late every night, and pulls long hours. This particular morning she left home at 5:30 to make sure she got in to prepare for the big meeting. She left at 8 that night to go home.

As she wistfully told me that story, that first statement about wanting somebody to say “thanks” caught my ear. Read more…

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How You Can Become the Most Liked HR Pro Ever — in Five Easy Steps

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The old adage “I’d rather be respected, than liked” was made up by people who didn’t have any friends!

And, it’s been perpetuated for centuries by HR Pros who didn’t think it was professional to have friends in their organizations. “I’m not their friend, Tim. I’m in HR – there is a reason we lock the doors to our department.”

I look it this a bit differently – make friends first. That is all. No, “then” or “after that” – just make friends. Read more…

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Three Days for Death (or Why HR Policies Make No Sense)

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Editor’s Note: A number of TLNT readers have asked about this post recently, so here it is again in case you missed it originally.

This past week a member of my husband’s team suffered a devastating loss: his one-year-old daughter died, which sent my husband — his manager — looking into the company’s bereavement policy.

It was three days.

Three to five days is standard, so this isn’t a knock against his company. This is a knock against blanket HR policies which don’t get discussed much (by those outside of HR) until, that is, you come slamming up against one of them. Read more…