Articles tagged 'Management'

Leadership, Talent Management

What Managers Need to Remember: By Your Pupils You’ll Be Taught

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“Can you believe it? Now because of realignment, he works for me.

We worked together for years and he was my boss. He was extremely mean and cruel during those years and would just nit-pick through all my assignments. I needed the job so I stayed and put up with it.

But you know I just could never ‘get even’ or stoop that low.”

Karma is described as the underlying principle that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them. In other words, what goes around comes around. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Two Most Important Decisions That a Manager Can Make

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

The first time I held a general management role, I had a mentor share something with me I found to be pretty life changing.

He said, “You need to worry about WHO and WHY. That’s it.

Here is why this is so important. Read more…

Leadership

When It Comes to Successfully Leading People, Soft Skills are the Key

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“We had two very distinct corporate headquarters and now we just have one. At our corporate office in Boston, the doors were locked on the executive floor and you couldn’t get in with your badge unless you worked on that floor. 

Now everyone’s badge works on the floor. I also moved the coffee machine outside my door so people had to walk by my office to get to it. Now I can tell people to stop in and say Hi.

That statement was from CEO Linda K. Zecher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She was recently profiled by Adam Bryant in his weekly interview series, Corner Office in The New York Times.

By the way, this weekly article allows you to peep through the crack of the C-Suite. It is a must read for HR professionals who are looking for insight from senior leadership and their thought processes. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Good Things Seem to Happen When You Trust Talented People

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

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody – is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway

I was preparing for this month’s webinar and I came across the above quote.

One of the best lessons I ever learned about performance management and delegating is, that if you trust talented people, good things happen. Read more…

Benefits, Talent Management

Good Managers Are Your Best Employee Wellness Strategy

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Relying on a corporate wellness program as the main strategy for improving employee health is like throwing a drowning person a DVD on how to do the backstroke.

In both cases, the focus is on the wrong stage of the problem.

Most company executives recognize that addressing workplace stress, the direct and indirect cause of many health problems, must be part of any strategy to improve employee health and reduce health care cost. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Hey New Boss: Push Change, Have Fun, But Don’t Diss the Team As You Do

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My husband has this annoying habit of criticizing my television choices whenever he pops into the family room and sees I’m watching something he doesn’t like.

“Oh, you’re watching this again?” He’ll say, while grabbing up the remotes. Occasionally he’ll add, “You weren’t really watching that, right?” when clearly I was.

Five minutes ago this man was in a car driving home from work, in the kitchen eating a pre-dinner snack, or out in the back yard doing whatever it is men do in the back yard, but now here he comes, wanting to commander the best screen in the house.

But that’s not why I get annoyed. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

There’s a Good Reason Why HR Should Lead Change Initiatives

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Change management is about people, performance and leadership, ergo, one would think HR should be leading the charge (or at least playing a major role).

Unfortunately in many cases, HR is not involved because it does not bring the skill sets that would be useful to organizational change, or, is simply not even invited to the party. More concerning is that CEO’s don’t hold their HR leadership accountable for building the necessary expertise that would facilitate effecting change.

Without the internal expertise, organizations, more often than not, look to outside consultants to provide the needed assistance to effect the organizational changes they’re looking for. Read more…

Leadership

Here’s Why We Have a Shortage of Great Leaders

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The secret to winning is constant, consistent management” – former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry

Choosing good managers is one of the most important decisions that companies make – and bad leadership is often at the root of business failure.

You might be surprised then that recent Gallup research suggested that companies choose the wrong management candidate 82 percent of the time.

How do we get it wrong this often? Do we need to change the way we promote people? Or are there just a deficit of good managers out there? Read more…

Talent Management

The No. 1 Driver of Employee Engagement Is … Well, It Depends

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A few months back I attended the HR Technology Conference, where I saw one speaker after another state with great confidence, “Of course we all know that the No. 1 driver of employee engagement is…” as if imparting a definitive piece of wisdom on the audience.

Problem is, the first speaker said it was culture, the second said it was compensation, and the third said it all came down to the person’s manager.

Of course, they can’t all be correct. Or can they? Read more…

Leadership

10 Classic and Enduring Rules of Great Leadership

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The special qualities of remarkable leaders are complex and rare.

Leadership requires the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction, so reviewing the writings of Classical philosophers is a good place to begin our journey towards becoming more effective leaders.

Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas did just that for their book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, and discovered the ancient philosophies remain relevant today. Read more…