You may have met these people.
They sit in the stands at sporting events and tell the rest of the fans what they did or didn’t just see on the field. These clients know more about how your business back office should operate than the boss. These Know-It-Alls serve on committees and keep members deadlocked on decisions for days.
Know-It-Alls take on a tone of authority to let those around them understand that they have the final, absolute, full truth. Read more…
When you’re in a position of power — whether a manager or a parent — you say things and do things that have a huge impact on those with less power.
You can have a huge impact, for better or worse, without knowing it.
That’s because when you’re in a position of power and you have a negative effect on others, you are rarely let in on the secret. Read more…
In a sure sign that Spring is finally here, another season of Major League Baseball is in full swing.
For everyone officially back to work — players, coaches, umpires, etc. — this is the start of a long six months (Major League Baseball clubs typically receive 3-4 off days a month, or roughly 20 each season).
We’ve discussed how NFL players’ determination stems from their internal desire to be not just great, but among the elite. This isn’t to suggest that baseball players are any less motivated, but they need to withstand the demands of 162 games and living out of a suitcase from March to October to perform their best on the field. Read more…
Can your team make a decision?
I was recently thinking about a moment in my career that taught me several things about team decision making.
It was many years ago in my staff meeting. I had opened a topic for discussion that I knew the members of my staff disagreed strongly about. Read more…
Whether your business is large or small, if you are the CEO, you are also the CCO — the Chief Cultural Officer.
Culture matters. It is what makes the difference between a thriving, profitable, and growing business and one that is lethargic and struggling.
The CCO who takes on the creating, shaping, and development of the company’s culture will see a highly productive and happy workforce who produce significant bottom line results. Read more…
“So what if your boss is the person you don’t get along with? It’s like we just don’t click, and neither of us is talking about it. Should I be the one who brings it up? Wait until my boss does? Or just go look for another job?”
These questions about communicating with the boss are some of the most frequent issues trainers hear from learners in our interpersonal skills programs.
The answer? Like so many other things, it depends.
Here’s the qualifying question: In most situations, does your boss seem like an emotionally stable person? If so, then give open, direct communication a chance to work. Read more…
I often hear this from executives:
“My managerial team needs to be more strategic. I have managers who are fine at executing, but they are not strategic.”
Clearly articulating what those managers should be doing to be more strategic is often difficult.
What is strategy? What does it look like? What does it sound like? Read more…
A headhunter called this week and their client is interested in me for a CEO role. Never really thought of myself at that level. I don’t know if I should call back. I want your thoughts. Current role VP, Operating Committee member, etc.
Need to discuss this opportunity. I have a job offer but it would require me moving to Charlotte. Current situation: working as HR Manager for six plus years, no movement and none in sight.
Received a resume which showed 4-5 roles with same job title: Recruiting Manager.
This past week was career advice week. This is how it started. Read more…
Mercer periodically puts out terrific infographics summarizing research around a particular topic. The most recent is “People Issues Affect M&A Transactions More Than Ever” (see it below or click through here).
Notice in particular the last two charts showing how neglected company culture is during M&A, with these two major takeaways.
1. Culture most neglected across the board
The red chart shows nearly all regions of the world agree culture is largely ignored during the M&A process. This is detrimental not only post-M&A, but during as well. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.
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…