LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

Careers in Crisis: Developing Employees Despite the Chaos

We’ve all seen the memes and jokes online: "If 2020 was a pinata, it would be a hornet’s nest." "If 2020 was a slide, it would be an oversized cheese grater." "If 2020 was a drink, it would be colonoscopy prep."Add to that, "If 2020 was a career, it would look a...

How to Be Compassionate Without Destroying Consistency

The other day, “Joe” reached out with a genuine dilemma. Throughout this crisis, he’s encouraged his supervisors to be compassionate. Because, like you, he knows that everyone is dealing with their own set of challenging circumstances. Like you, he’s focused on doing...

Essential Decision Making Emotions: Are You Using These? | #Leadership

Instead of eliminating all emotion from your decision making, use these essential decision making emotions. It’s time to embrace valuable emotions and give up the myth that all emotion is risky and bad.So as you read journals that continue to press you to eliminate...

Self-Talk When You’re by Yourself

Would you really yell at an employee for missing a deadline? Do you swear at people who blow off meetings or forget about appointments? Hopefully, the answer is no. Now, let’s ask another question. Would you talk to or treat an employee the way you speak to yourself?...

Manage and Prioritize Your to-do List

In a previous series for SmartBrief, I laid out my 5-step productivity process for leaders, which I then turned into a Productivity Blueprint. This post goes deeper on the first of my five steps, planning for maximal productivity, and picks up from his last one, which...

Our current work-from-home life has torn down the wall between our professional and personal lives. Recently, I was meeting over Zoom with a company’s vice president of operations when we were momentarily interrupted—not by technical difficulties or priority tasks,...

How to Tell When Your Managers are Conflict-averse

If in your organization there’s a high-conflict person causing disruption where team members walk on eggshells, their boss may request coaching for the high-conflict individual.Before saying yes, consider that the problem has not been accurately defined. There’s only...

Questions that can Help Your Team Manage Technology Overload

Of all the problems caused by the pandemic, too much technology wouldn't seem like a priority. But being overwhelmed by ever-present technology is a real phenomenon, especially as employees continue to absorb new software, apps and processes driven by the pandemic....

How to Think Differently About Leading and Managing

It wasn't long ago when the phrase "think differently" evoked images of an Apple advertising campaign or the call to action from the cool kids in our corporate and startup playgrounds telling us how to innovate, to cope with the change that was going to disrupt...