Posts Tagged ‘Management’

Choose to become a leader

Published by | Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Choose to become a leader

Leadership is not an exclusive club. Anyone can join.

Anyone includes introverts, too. In my first tip this week, we examine the fallacy that extroverts make better leaders than introverts. Sure, in some situations, an extrovert’s tendency to speak confidently and off-the-cuff can be very effective. But in others, an introvert’s tendency to carefully process thoughts before speaking may be exactly what’s needed.

Managing different types of employees: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

This week I’ll tackle a fun case: managing those employees who approach their jobs a bit differently than the rest. Say hello to your creative and technical teams.

In this week’s first tip we’ll address the creatives on your team. Creative professionals can be colorful, unique individuals; by nature they tend to view problems from different perspectives. Your real management challenge with creative professionals is nurturing and channeling their creativity while protecting them from team members who don’t understand their processes.

Learn from bad experiences: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Learn from bad workplace experiences

It’s reality: Even our leaders can make mistakes. Working for some leaders can prove to be particularly challenging. It could be due to their questionable competence, sketchy ethics, or a generally bad attitude—but if these traits sound familiar, then you just may have the proverbial “bad boss.”

The good news is that you can learn a lot from a bad boss. If you aspire to run the department, or the organization, or even start your own company, then listen up! Great mentors will help you accelerate your growth, but bad examples around you can help even more. The negative emotions their behaviors stir up force us to pay attention. So take notes, be kind and cautious in response to their crazy behavior, and spend all the time you need to plot your escape. Soon enough, you’ll have your shot—and a long list of things you won’t do when you’re the new leader.

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

Published by | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

The way you manage your projects and employees affects the productivity of your department—and company. Get ahead in 2014 with these tips to help you manage, motivate and resolve issues with employees and be a better manager.

1. Pick the right management style.
There’s no single perfect way to manage, but there IS a management style that works best for your situation and team. Do you know how to choose the right one?

Improve your brainstorming: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Improve your brainstorming

Civility and politeness are great traits to have in an office environment—but when it comes to brainstorming, they also undermine creativity in a group setting.

This week’s first tip turns brainstorming on its head. It’s often said that harnessing the power of combined ideas and conversation yields more creative results than the same number of people working alone, but it isn’t necessarily true. In fact, when groups fall victim to common brainstorming pitfalls, they aren’t any more creative than individuals. My first tip this week can help you and your team brainstorm successfully.

Fueling Creativity: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The business world has a long-standing love/hate relationship with the creative process. Managers regularly profess to embrace creativity, but they’ve usually been trained to avoid failure—and accepting and learning from failure is key to a successful creative process.

The good news is that a small but growing number of adventurous business professionals do recognize that failure must be embraced. They still value the need to work faster, smarter, and cheaper, but don’t run from failure or the lessons that can be learned from it. They accept that no great invention ever materialized out of thin air, but required attempts, trials, and experiments. Each failure provides valuable opportunities to teach us what we need to know in order to succeed. My first tip this week will help you understand how failure can become your best friend.

First impressions matter: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Let’s be clear. First impressions are unfair representations of people. When you see someone and make a snap judgment—which we all do—your judgment is based on worthless data. Likewise, when someone does that to you, they’re not getting to know the real you.

But first impressions matter. Important decisions—such as whether to hire you, promote you, or introduce you to potential clients—will be made based on the first impression you make.

The good news is that we can help! You can learn how to nail your first impressions by watching the first Management Tips video this week.

Unsticking your team: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Unsticking your team

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Keeping a team at peak performance is tough. You can staff correctly, provide your team with crystal clear directions, and give everyone the resources they need to succeed—but sometimes they’ll still get stuck! When your team’s performance reaches a plateau, you’ve got to refocus on motivating them.

You’ll know a team is stuck when you see no significant progress for weeks on its key goals, principled debate edging toward unproductive arguments, or one or two team members constantly dominating the group’s conversations. If left unaddressed, morale and trust can quickly erode and the overall productivity of your team will flatline.

Don’t worry; you can get your team moving again. That’s the focus of the first tip this week: How to get your team unstuck.