Articles tagged 'Management'

HR Insights, Talent Management

How Bullies and Barbarians Can Ruin Your Workplace Culture

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A friend and I were sharing “speaker war stories” recently, prompted by his jaw-dropping experience earlier that week.

Here’s what happened…

Just as my friend was about to start his presentation, an audience member took a call on his cell phone. He didn’t just take the call, though.

He vamped for the audience, saying in a loud voice at the end of the call “No I will NOT have sex with you.” When he hung up, he looked at my friend on stage and announced: “That was your wife.” Read more…


The Tricky Balancing Act When You’re Asked to Manage Former Peers

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What has really changed?

One day you are working with your peers as colleagues, and the next day you are their manager. Now what?

You are the same person as you were the day before, so what now makes you worthy of being in charge? Why should you suddenly be able to tell your peers what to do? And why would they listen?

This is a quagmire many people face – at every level. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Stop Rescuing Me: Don’t Treat Employees Like You’re a Helicopter Parent

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We often hear about the, “helicopter parents.” You know, the style of parenting in which an overprotective mom or dad discourages a child’s independence by being too involved in the child’s life.

They often make decisions and solve problems for the child, intervening at the first sign of challenge or discomfort for the child. They think they are being helpful, but are they really?

California State University Fresno professors/authors Jill C. Bradley-Geist and Julie B. Olson-Buchanan conducted a study that showed college students of “helicopter parents” found it difficult believing in their own ability to accomplish goals, were more dependent on others, had poor coping skills and lacked responsibility and conscientiousness throughout their college experience. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Power of Core Values: Your Culture Determines Your Company’s Fate

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In the first chapter of The Power of Thanks, Eric Mosley and I introduce a very important concept that is a foundational principle of the book:

At the heart of great corporate successes and failures is a single observable phenomenon: the behaviors and values that constitute a company’s culture largely determine its fate.”

Of course, we dive much more deeply into why this is true, but to summarize – the values underlying your culture are the defining factors for how all employees should behave to achieve the organizational objectives. They also give employees a sense of greater meaning and context of their work. Read more…

HR Insights

Five Strategies to Fast-Track Your Management Career


If you aspire to climb the corporate ladder, the power to do so rests largely in your own hands.

Regardless of your industry or the amount of bureaucracy you believe exists in your organization, you have the ability to be a better master of your own career destiny.

While every organization is different, there are universal strategies and tactics that will serve you well anywhere and can help fast-track your management career. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

The Terribly High Cost of Having a Meeting Culture

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Consider your average white-collar professional making $45,000/year, not including benefits.

At that rate, it would cost an organization about $25 for this person to sit in an hour-long meeting. That’s not too bad.

But now consider that the average American spends nine (9) hours per week in regular status meetings, or preparing for those meetings. At the rate of $25/hour, the weekly cost of those meetings for one employee is $225. And when you look over the course of a year, it adds up to $11,700.

All of a sudden, a cost that seemed relatively nominal has turned into more than a quarter of this professional’s annual salary. Read more…

Classic TLNT

What Makes A Good Manager? 7 Things To Ask Before You Promote

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

It’s important to motivate and reward your best people, but is promotion really the right call?

In the medical sales field and across a number of industries, employees who perform well are often promoted to manager. The idea is to recognize your best people and foster internal talent.

This makes sense, since a recent Gallup poll discovered that 70 percent of employees aren’t actively engaged in their roles. Companies with employee engagement routinely enjoy at least 22 percent greater productivity and up to 65 percent lower turnover. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Why Office Politics Really Aren’t Such a Bad Thing

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Office politics.

The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here’s the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. Why? Because everyone around you is playing. You are in it whether you like it or not. Read more…

Talent Management

The Retention Challenge: 5 Ideas For Keeping Employees Happy

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Before the calendar turned, I had blogged about why 2015 will be the “Year of the Employee.”

HR professionals will be looking for high levels of employee retention and productivity in 2015,and in some way, shape, or form, this has always been their job.

But this year, there’s been a lot of buzz about approaching this goal with a new-found focus. When it comes to retention, is there more that can be done? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Are You Just Treading Water When You Really Need to Swim?


Have you ever found yourself relaxed in a comfy chair, either warm by the fire or enjoying a good read with a favorite beverage close by?

Perhaps you’re just letting the day wash over you as you watch TV, or even dosing off a bit? Maybe there’s a sleeping cat on your lap, curled up against any intrusion.

Now, that’s a great picture of someone who’s not living in the moment, but is content with what life has to offer. Ahhhhh.

Careful now — don’t you go and bother with that image; life is fine and dandy just the way it is, and they want to keep it that way. Read more…