Category Archives: Management

Is There A Downside To Being Too Nice As a Manager?

This post was published this past week by the American Management Association. You can click on the link below to read it.  Thanks! Team Leadership: Is There a Downside to Being “Nice” as a Manager?

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3 Ways to Overcome Your HATRED of Administrative Tasks

Mael is concerned.  He doesn’t want to be the latest victim of the Peter Principle:  the phenomenon where people are promoted to their own level of incompetence. An outgoing, gregarious personality, Mael is one of the most popular (and in-demand) … Continue reading

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10 Things Leading An Auction Taught Me About Leading Meetings

You may never lead an auction in your life. But you probably do (or will) lead meetings. Last Friday night, I took my first turn as an auctioneer (and emcee) at the annual spring fundraiser for my kids’ elementary school. … Continue reading

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3 Easy Ways to Stop Meeting Madness

Meetings. (Cue the groans and eye rolls.) Nobody loves them. Let’s face it, most people would rather be anywhere else than in a business meeting. Are meetings doomed to be inherently horrible? Or have we just settled for mediocrity because we … Continue reading

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Where Does Your Time At Work Go?

How many of these things would you do? Buy two cases of fresh produce, then leave town on week-long trip. Turn all the lights on in your house/apartment, then go out for the day. Flush $100 down the toilet. None.  Of … Continue reading

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Nitpick Your Way to Success

Nitpicking. It gets a bad rap.     Some terrific leaders are praised for their nitpicking skills.  Steve Jobs was an expert nitpicker. After all, isn’t nitpicking really about paying attention to the details? Many famous people have weighed in … Continue reading

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By Default or By Design?

    Planning.  Execution. Accountability. These were the themes that ran through my call this afternoon with three executives from a major retail chain. We were talking about their Regional Managers.  These are the people who manage the District Managers who … Continue reading

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Want Them To Change? Go First.

  Wouldn’t the world be great if everyone did just what you wanted them to? If your kids behaved just right? If your direct reports were directly on target with all their work? If your boss was awesome? Alas, time … Continue reading

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Lessons from Southwest Airlines

    In the most recent Fortune Magazine, reporter Jennifer Reinghold interviews the founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher. Besides being the US biggest low-cost airline, Southwest holds another title:  Successful.   They shook up a staid, complacent industry … Continue reading

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Maestro Manager

    The famous early 20th Century conductor, Arturo Toscanini, known for his passion and perfectionism, was walking down the steps of the concert hall to his waiting car. The chauffeur asked him, “Where to, Maestro?” Toscanini vigorously replied, “Just … Continue reading

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