Articles tagged 'Communications'

HR Management, Leadership

There’s Something About Harry: Portrait of a Great Leader & Manager

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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…

Leadership, Training & Development

Want a Competitive Advantage? Get Your Team to Make Faster Decisions

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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…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is OSHA’s Temp Worker Initiative Foreshadowing Things To Come?

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I support OSHA’s temporary worker focus. Employers need to take more steps to ensure that temporary employees don’t fall through the cracks and do not receive adequate safety training.

However, employers should also make long-term plans based on what the initiative tells us more broadly about where workplace enforcement is heading.

Let’s break our discussion into two subjects: Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Do You Do If Your Team Is Too Tactical and Not Strategic Enough?

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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…

HR Insights

Over the Line: Why Pressuring Employees to Donate Is a Bad Idea

From the HR blog at TLNT.

I used to work for a woman named Linda, who reported to a woman named Lisa.

I didn’t care for Linda too much, and I cared even less for Lisa.

I thought Lisa was disingenuous, kind of sneaky, and overall not to be trusted.

Perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps she was simply beleaguered and overwhelmed in the way that young managers can be, and being young myself, I couldn’t see it. Read more…

Leadership

Management Mumbo Jumbo: Words Leaders Use to Shun Accountability

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Words can clarify or confuse.

A favorite pastime of mine is to watch politicians or corporate CEOs squirm when asked straightforward questions on sensitive issues.

Accountability can be tough; the language of leadership is not for the faint-hearted.

Here are some of the top code words and phrases that contribute to the growing cynicism in today’s workplace: Read more…

Leadership

How Leaders Can Just Say No to Their Inner Control Freak

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Having a forceful personality provides certain advantages in a competitive workplace. It can help you work your way up the ladder more quickly than you otherwise might.

But fair warning: if your favorite management slogan is “my way or the highway,” expect a few delays in your drive to the top.

You can survive with this attitude, but nobody loves a control freak. Read more…

Training & Development

The Manager Training Gap: Why Aren’t They Getting Help They Need?

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The American Society for Training & Development recently found that 26 percent of new managers felt unprepared to transition to a leadership role, with 58 percent saying they didn’t receive any training at all.

This statistic is endemic of a large misconception about managers — whether they are promoted internally or recruited for their experience, companies naturally assume that since they have done good work in the past, transitioning to management should be a quick study for them. Read more…

Talent Management

What You Can Learn From the Oddest Question I’ve Ever Been Asked

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During a break at a seminar, someone asked me a question out of nowhere — in a restroom of all places — that took me aback

It got me thinking about a very different — and more important — question you need to ask if you’re a manager.

As I approached the hotel restroom sink to wash my hands, a man in a suit turned to me and said: “I know this is a weird question to ask, but … do I smell bad?”

He explained that he had been sweating profusely because of the hot conference room and was worried that he now reeked and would repel others. Read more…

Leadership

Building Lifeline Relationships, and Why It’s Critical to Leadership Success

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Behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you’ll find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors, and colleagues.

These groups come in all forms and sizes and can be found at every level and in nearly all spheres of professional life, and what they all have in common is a unique connection with each other defined as lifeline relationships.

These relationships are, quite literally, why some people succeed far more than others, says Keith Ferrazzi, the author of Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success — And Won’t Let You Fail. Read more…