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People in management often fail to realize the ripple effects of
their actions and attitudes. Thankfully, many are eager to learn
how to be better when given the chance, but other managers couldn't
care less about any damage they cause. They remain intentionally
ignorant, blaming others when things go wrong and looking for ways
to climb away from any trouble they cause.
Do you know which category ...
Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t
tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their
teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I
hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been
able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing
teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone
expected the best of...
I just finished reading the Girl Scouts', Change It Up!
study, which strongly correlates a girl's desire to be a leader
with being extroverted. Really? It seems to be the truth if you
troll the internet. Everywhere I look, charisma and being a good
public speaker, keep popping up as key leadership traits.
Is only a small portion of this planet destined to make the
history books? I don’t buy ...
I am an office manager in a medium-sized company. Prior to this
promotion one year ago, I worked with the women I now supervise.
After my promotion, I had my share of resentment and jealousy from
these women. They have gotten much better and I finally can say I'm
beginning to enjoy supervision.
My problem centers around one woman who was out on a maternity
leave and who is now back. Sh...
“What do you think?” “Be honest about how you
really feel.” “What’s really going on?”
“Let’s get real.” Sounds easy to open up,
In reality, telling someone how you really feel can be
difficult—especially at work. Offering up a new idea can feel
scary. Sometimes being really open and honest about things means
the other side of...
How do you get the sale while leaving the client feeling like
they won the lottery? Whether you’re a business owner or
employee, in a sales function or not in a revenue-generating
position, you are a salesperson. We may “sell” our
personal brand for a new position or our company’s products
and services to prospects. Having strong sales and negotiation
skills is a lifelong a...
Change can ruffle the feathers of any company making it a great
time for good managers to shine. An effective leader helps ease
team tensions while paving the way for open-minded, forward
thinking; providing both a safe space for employees to feel secure
and a growing company that nurtures change.
But saving the day is easier said than done. So if you’re
facing impending change and are uncer...
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you
don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably
You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team
player, but there might be something about your approach that
prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing.
Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the
edges at work don’...
Something happened to me that I thought other readers could benefit
from, especially managers. I took a new job about a year ago as an
accountant for a small insurance company. There was a long-term
employee who seemed to have it in for me and never let up. Because
I was new, I didn't push it by telling our boss. Instead, I tried
to do my work and get along with everyone, including her....
Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy
Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will
always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t
It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in
college that long ago!) when I consider if it’s possible for
a woman to “have it all.”
I guess you could say I’m one o...
Dear Joan: I am a manager with fifteen people
reporting to me. I've been in my job for two years. I'm ready to
look for a new job because my boss is driving me crazy. She had my
job before me and she thinks she is the only one who can do it
She's always telling me step-by-step what I should do and then
breathes down my neck while I'm doing it. Lately she began
attending my staff meet...
There are lots of opportunities during the year for you to shake
things up and stay passionate in your life, your career and your
business. But since so many of us look at year end as an
opportunity for a new beginning, I thought I’d put together a
list of some actions you might consider taking to keep life
1. Terrify yourself. Keep yourself challenged.
It’s not only excit...
Brief breakthroughs can come at any time. “I wish I knew
how important brevity was for me 30 years ago.” That’s
a powerful confession to hear from an accomplished Fortune 500
professional. I had just wrapped up a “Brief
Leadership” seminar with a group of manufacturing managers
and one of their senior leaders pulled me aside afterward. I
thought he was going to thank ...
A couple weeks ago, I played the board game Settlers of Catan at
a party. It was introduced to me as causing lots of family
strife—including day-long silences, tears and even
groundings—but still, this family couldn’t get enough
of it. So I agreed to play and told them not to worry, I
don’t care if I win.
Help and Get Helped
So things started off great. I made every effort ...
Dear Joan: I have a situation in my office for which I would
like your advice. I work for a very large telecommunications
company on the east coast. Although I have been working in my
position as an account manager for four years now, I started
working for a new boss a year ago due to a merger.
I recently discovered that this boss takes certain employees in our
department to baseball games ...
Many workplace leaders consider conflict between employees a
dangerous thing, and it’s no wonder. We’ve all seen the
results of clashing personalities and company politics:
distraction, discontent, resentment, gossip, lost jobs,
resignations, and other productivity killers. As a result, some
managers go to great lengths to avoid conflict. But
overcompensation can prove equally dangerou...
Dear Joan: For the past ten years I have worked
in sales and have been successful because I’ve developed good
relationships with my customers and the sales team.
For the past four years, I have been working for a manufacturing
company in sales but I’m having a difficult time dealing with
the philosophy of our sales manager. He believes that the best way
to motivate the staff is to sow ...
Most of us strive to become leaders. We want to do something
great, be respected by our peers, make more money, and acquire more
responsibility. Overall, we want to make a difference at our job.
However, most of us simply don’t know the proper way to gain
heightened respect, confidence and admiration from those whom we
work with. In reality, there is no simple answer to leadership. It
The essence of leadership is communication. Although the book
Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a
Leader covers the four parts to developing and strengthening
the ability to persuade, influence, and connect. It’s not
surprising how often readers thumb through that book and comment on
how many of the skills have to do with communication. Then they
often launch into a...
“We had no control over that project in our
department.” “Upper management made those
decisions.” “Competitors forced us into those
arrangements.” “Those policies are set by the
government/industry regulators/committee.” “If it were
my decision, I’d handle it differently.” “I
wasn’t given a say in the m...
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