How to Survive a Bad Boss

A great boss can bring out the best in you; a bad boss can transform the best job in the world to the worst one ever. You spend half of your weekday life in the presence and under the control of your boss. If you’re fortunate, the two of you are on the same wavelength;…

9 Tips for Successful Team Facilitation

Team facilitation can make or break the best intended planning session. You gather your team together, set aside one or more major chunks of time, and launch your agenda. And you come away with a dynamic, focused plan and enthusiastic support… or not. There are no guarantees that your brainstorming or strategic planning sessions will…

Seven Keys to Career Success

What is Your Career Strategy? Have you ever wondered about the keys to career success? There are an infinite number of formulas and ideas, and thousands of books on the subject. Some formulas are simple, some are complex. There is no one right answer, but let me share one simple concept that I’ve found effective.…

M is for Manipulation and Other Management ABCs

We all need something to make us smile; something different, once in awhile. So invest the time now, if you please, to review the management ABCs. Give your brain a gentle jog, and enjoy this eccentric management blog.   A is for Attention. Pay attention to details. The business ignored by leadership is the business that derails.…

Manipulation Tactics: Ten Traps and How to Avoid Them

In business, manipulation tactics can be subtle or blatant. They can be a part of cultural norms, or press uncomfortably into the realm of the unacceptable. We can argue that almost all of business, indeed almost all of life has elements of  manipulation. A good report card might net an ice cream sundae for an…

How Not to Improve Employee Morale

It may be a rude awakening, or a creeping uneasiness, but at some point, you and other leaders in your organization may decide to make a concerted effort to improve employee morale. You may have been caught blindsided. You may have issued a survey with the expectation of stellar feedback, only to be caught in…

The Other Generation: You’re Not Crazy, and Neither Are They!

In business, communicating with “the other generation” can seem like a step into insanity. It’s hard to maintain civility when your statements or questions are met with confusion, frustration or, on occasion, downright hostility. Be reassured; you are not crazy, and, surprise, neither are they. Almost no one on either side of the proverbial generation gap…

Be Promotable – Communicating to Win!

Are you communicating to win? Are you promotable? Promotion is all about demonstrating your capability and being ready when opportunity strikes. Strong communication skills alone won’t get you the job, but a track record of poor communication can definitely handicap you in the running. Take a  hard look at your track record. How well do…

Building Credibility – A Quiz

Are you building credibility in your professional life? Whether you’re corporate or entrepreneurial, credibility is critical for success. We’re familiar with credibility in our roles as purchasers, consumers and customers. We gravitate toward those restaurants with rave reviews and writeups in trendy publications. We ask hairdressers what products they recommend. We seek the advice of…

Making Decisions in Spin City

Making decisions in business is a challenge. Financial viability, ethical concerns and more  can come into play.  From the simplest to the most complex, from the trivial to the critical, decisions are based on an analysis and weighing of available information. And there, today, is the rub. We have acdess to infinite amounts of data, available…