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The Steve Jobs Effect: Do “Jerk” Bosses Always Rise to the Top?

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

A disturbing news trend I’ve been seeing during the last several months since the untimely death of Steve Jobs is the rise of the “jerk” boss – an aggressive, in-your-face, even insulting management style being necessary to not only get the “best” out of people, but also to rise to the highest career levels.

This Washington Post article makes the point well, elucidating why it is that people in power choose the path of the jerk: Read more…

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Managerial Malpractice, or Why You Just Can’t Ignore Employees

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We’re all leaders in the workplace.

Whether you manage a small, medium, or large staff, or are solely responsible for your own conduct during the work day, you are a leader. Others are watching, learning, and evaluating everything you do and say, whether they report to you or not.

Leadership boils down to the choices you make about treating others and leading by example through your behavior. Read more…

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TLNT Webinar: Maintaining Compliance With Your Remote Workforce

In this one-hour webinar, sponsored by DocuSign, your host Steve Cape will be exploring the “virtual office” and the key State and Federal compliance measures needed for managing this remote workplace of telecommuters and independent contractors. Also gleaned from this webinar will be how to avoid situations that may have serious consequences and also how to preserve the benefits and rewards of the “virtual office” setting. This will be one webinar you cant afford to miss with 21st century technology clashing up against 20th century laws and Steve Cape in the middle to help you grasp a better understanding of it all.

Please join Steve Cape, Chief Compliance Officer of GeniusHR,  for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/pan10p8vxsjj&eom

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How Not to Get Sued For April Foolishness in the Workplace

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Editor’s note: This popular 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.

The April Fools’ Hall of Shame

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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Five Things to Ask Before You Finally Kick That Employee to the Curb

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Firing an employee is a task that no manager enjoys, but one that often appears inevitable.

Yet it’s a proven fact that hiring a replacement employee will cost a great deal more than retaining than the one you have, if that individual can be deemed salvageable.

That’s why it’s imperative to have a checklist of questions you ask yourself prior to pulling the trigger on your expensive turnover revolver. Read more…

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Nobody Is Indispensable, or Why You Really Need Succession Planning

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“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” — Charles DeGaulle

One of the basic tenets of popular business advice, publicized even by industry leaders like Forbes, is that you should strive to make yourself indispensable to your boss. But just like pop culture, pop business advice can be, well, weird. Worse, it can damage your career.

I understand why some people would advise workers to become indispensable in their roles; and given the current economic situation, it’s even more understandable that some would listen. But that doesn’t make it good advice. Read more…

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Want Better Engagement? The Little Things Matter More Than You Think

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Companies everywhere are looking at how to drive up engagement scores and results. Yet, research tells us that the most significant factor in engagement is the relationship employees have with their direct manager, and if someone cares about them and their career.

We know that engagement takes more than a corporate program and free yoga classes at lunch. So, what can you do about it?

Here are a few reminders of simple actions you can take as a manager or team leader that make a difference. Read more…

Classic TLNT, Legal Issues, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Maintaining Compliance With Your Remote Workforce

In this one-hour webinar, sponsored by DocuSign, your host Steve Cape will be exploring the “virtual office” and the key State and Federal compliance measures needed for navigating this workplace landscape of telecommuters and independent contractors. Also gleaned from this webinar will be learning how to avoid common situations that may have serious consequences and also how to preserve the benefits and rewards of the “virtual office” setting. This will be one webinar you cant afford to miss with 21st century technology clashing up against 20th century laws and Steve Cape in the middle to help you grasp a better understanding of it all.

Please join Steve Cape, Chief Compliance Officer of GeniusHR,  for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/pan10p8vxsjj&eom

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A Sad Workplace Truth: People Don’t Just Become More Strategic

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As I am preparing for a session next week with an executive team on Leading Transformation, I got thinking about what blocks organizations from getting done what they intend.

What blocks their business growth? What keeps them from executing decisively on new things?

Very often it’s a realization that the people you have sitting around the table are not the ones you need to take the business where it needs to go. Read more…

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TLNT Webinar: Altering The Future – Deciding Employee Benefits

For the last ten or more years, the big picture of health benefits has been on cost control. As health insurance is continuing to become more of a commodity, it’s proving unable to support employees’ or the companies’ goal. Questions asked and answered in this Infor sponsored one-hour webinar hosted by Jen Benz, “how will employers continue to fulfill their promise to protect the health and financial security of their employee’s”? Also, “what will replace health insurance in the employee value proposition”? These incredibly thought provoking topics, and more, will be discussed in what is sure to be a future-altering webinar, one that will undoubtedly be viewed in hindsight as a bold journey into unknown territory.

Please join Jennifer Benz, Founder and CEO of Benz Communications,  for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/1yovy8iazy5c&eom

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