Articles tagged 'Management'

HR Insights, Leadership

Why Meddling Management Can Be Just as Bad as Micromanagement

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It’s long been established that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Why then, do so many leaders beg to disagree?

If not, how to explain the prevalent leadership practice of inserting oneself (loudly and with much fanfare, in some cases) squarely between Point A and Point B, when there is absolutely no need to do such a thing and when doing such a thing is inefficient, cumbersome, and awkward? Read more…

Classic TLNT

The One Critical Skill That Most Managers Never Seem to Learn

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

Let it go.

Since the beginning of time, those three words have never been repeated more frequently by more people or in more places than they have since the release of Frozen. Whatever else Elsa was singing about, however, she may as well have been delivering her primary message – let it go – to the modern manager.

Why is it that managers struggle to let things go? Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

David Letterman’s Retirement Signals the Great Boomer Workforce Exodus

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When asked by The New York Times to describe his impending retirement, David Letterman called it “a good solid punch to the head.”

After taping 6,000 episodes of “Late Night” over a 33-year career (three years more than his mentor, Johnny Carson), his analogy could not be more fitting – retirement is always a figurative punch to the head, both to the retiree and the organization losing them. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Managers and Executives? They Just Need to Stop and Talk to Each Other

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I work as a business advisor to executives, and in doing so also I often also have one-on-one conversations with their direct reports.

I can’t count how many times, though I am having confidential conversations with each of them, I am left thinking, “Do you two ever talk to each other?

They often are in violent agreement about how they feel about what needs to be done, and what role each of them should play in doing it. But to talk to either of them you’d think that they lived on different planets. Read more…

Culture

Changing Culture? The Real Key is Changing Both Climate and Culture

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Culture is a hot topic. It was the Merriam-Webster “word of the year” for 2014.

Leaders and experts across the world are talking about how to develop an agile culture, implement a lean culture, overcome the culture clash in acquisitions, and many other areas of culture change.

Unfortunately, the reality is that most of these leaders and experts are actually focusing their efforts on climate and not dealing with the deeper, more powerful subject of culture. I didn’t understand the difference until the past few years. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Talent Management and Leadership Nuggets from TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit

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Editor’s Note: Frequent TLNT contributor Howard Mavity, who is also a partner at the law firm Fisher & Phillips, attended TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit in Atlanta last week. Here are a few of his thoughts. 

By Howard Mavity

After 31 years as a labor lawyer, I don’t often feel like an amateur, but that’s how I felt listening to Day One’s HR and academic presenters at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit last week.

We overuse the term “Thought Leaders,” but the expression fit the speakers. All of them dug deeply into HR and Talent topics without coming unmoored from practical application. I’ll write more as time permits, but today I want to share a few “nuggets.” Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Yet Another Management Challenge: Coping With the Narcissistic Boss

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Of all the offensive managerial types, the narcissist has got to be one of the worst.

For our purposes, the term “narcissist” does NOT refer to those with narcissistic personality disorder (although God knows you don’t want someone with this diagnosis in your workplace). Instead, we’ll be talking about your garden-variety but nonetheless dangerous self-serving and self-loving boss.

That’s enough bad news for one day. Read more…

Leadership

He’s Baaack! The Keys to Great Leadership, According to Jack Welch

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“Neutron” Jack Welch is back in the news.

He’s been on a speaker circuit with his wife, Suzy, promoting their new book The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read a few articles centered on him, his leadership style, and his wisdom for leaders today.  Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Avoiding the “Profession” Trap: Reaching Out and Retooling HR

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

By John W. Boudreau

HR’s capability can meet its opportunity only through retooling and reaching out to other disciplines, and not being too rigid about its professional boundary.

Can any human do human resource management? That’s what HR constituents and clients sometimes seem to believe — especially when leadership teams admonish their HR leaders to adopt practices such as “rank and yank” performance systems simply because they read about them in a book about Jack Welch and GE, or when they appoint leaders with little professional HR training to top HR roles. Read more…

Leadership

Learning From Lousy: You Can Take Away Good From the Bad, Too

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It’s often said that each of us can learn a great deal from having a good boss to work for, a solid role model of just how a manager is supposed to act.

We hear about learning the “right” way from our mentors, from people we admire, from good leaders. And we can also benefit from associating with other good employees, learning from the experienced and high performers how things should be done.

That’s all true enough, but how many of us are fortunate enough to find ourselves in that position? Who even has a mentor these days? Read more…