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Managing Others

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When personal business becomes your business


March 12, 2015 |

In a litigious world, new managers and experienced leaders alike can become overly cautious about addressing performance problems, but that should not be an excuse for letting performance problems slide. Here are two examples: 1. A disabled worker is falling behind on productivity or not accomplishing his or her work to needed standards, but you […]

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Who Moved Your Generational Cheese?


February 5, 2015 |

Since 2003, new managers and experienced leaders alike have discussed the fabled mice in Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, who coped with change in very different ways and got very different results. But what if we changed the title to represent how the major current generations cope with change? The Veterans or the […]

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Resurrection Moss and the Root of Motivation


January 8, 2015 |

On a recent trip to southern Utah, I visited several of the magnificent parks that dot the landscape there, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Canyonlands National Parks. Because of my combined interest in ecology and leadership, I took time to hunt for a particular species of moss in Canyonlands that survives in some of […]

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What Christmas Trees Can Teach Us about Succession Planning


December 11, 2014 |

It’s the time of year when thousands of Christmas tree lots dot the countryside, bringing millions of these uniquely groomed trees to homes everywhere. In this video message, I describe how Christmas trees are shaped and how their leaders are groomed for the top job of each tree. Please enjoy and use the metaphor of […]

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Communication Camouflage


December 4, 2014 |

Camouflage is the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive an enemy or prey by painting or screening clothing or objects so that they are lost to view in the background. The root of the word in French means, to disguise. Communication camouflage is the use of words that disguise the truth in […]

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Thanks Giving at Work – Because…


November 27, 2014 |

There is one word that is sometimes missing from our lexicon when giving thanks. It’s the word, “because.” What better time to think about how we thank others than on Thanksgiving, celebrated this week in the United States and October in Canada. While many of us enjoy bountiful meals, loving families and football, others of […]

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Medicine for the Performance Appraisal Blues


November 13, 2014 |

One of the most dreaded but important conversations you have as a manager is probably fast approaching at or near the end of the year – the annual performance review. Why do people dread the conversation? Because they Don’t like judging other people’s performance Risk positive working relationships by having to deliver bad news at […]

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Communicating Change


July 17, 2014 |

Downsizing? Upsizing? Strategic realignment? Product launch? Divestiture? Plant closings? Plant openings? Merger? Acquisition? Benefits changes? Budget cuts? There’s no shortage of change in the workplace, but there’s always a shortage of sufficient communication about change. While you may not always be privy to changes as early as you’d like, you are still responsible for communicating […]

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Want Your Ideas to Get More Traction?


June 12, 2014 |

You’ve come up with “the what,” a great idea, a needed solution, or a strategy to reach that illusive goal. You unveil it at a meeting, tell your boss about it, or write it up in an email and wait for the kudos and support to roll in. But nothing happens. No one picks up […]

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Feedback is a Gift: How to Make Your Positive Feedback Stick


June 5, 2014 |

It’s often said that “feedback is a gift,” but this is sometimes stated with a degree of sarcasm in its attempt to reframe what often feels like a negative into a positive. While much has been written about how to give feedback, it often focuses on providing negative or constructive feedback on someone’s performance. This […]

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