Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants (on Fire) Down

This post covers the fourth of six leadership mistakes and how to fix them. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered excuse-making, bad manners, and ego problems; now it’s time to talk about lying. When people are found out as liars, the word spreads like wildfire. This can literally destroy your career. All you have […] See More

April 12, 2017

How to Stop Making Excuses and Save Your Career

This is the second post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” about six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Today we’re going to talk about Excuses—why the excuse-making habit is so destructive and what can be done to overcome this. Making excuses is one of […] See More

March 23, 2017

RGT Coaching: Easy to Learn, Powerful Results

For the next few weeks, I’m going to write about RGT (Roles, Goals, and Tolls) coaching. This method can help you nip a lot of unnecessary management and leadership problems in the bud and even preempt a lot of problems before they can happen. It also gives people a way to approach issues like day-to-day delegation […] See More

February 8, 2017

4 CRITICAL QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S PURPOSE

Running a company means that more often than not, you’ve got more on your plate than you can handle. Even taking a few minutes to read a blog like this one could feel like an extravagant “waste” of time. Yet, it is vitally important to take time to examine and question the intangible aspects of […] See More

April 20, 2016

THE BENEFITS OF DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS AT WORK

Generally, we as humans naturally seek balance. If we’re hot, we look to shed a layer. If we’re hungry, we eat. If there is friction and frustration in the workplace, we often look to smooth it over in whatever way we can. After all, nothing inhibits great work like palpable tension and frustration. However, sometimes […] See More

April 15, 2016

12 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MANAGERS AND LEADERS

When it comes to positions of leadership, there is a vast difference between those who merely manage and those who truly lead. Rather than being qualities that are naturally ingrained, more often, those differences are intangibles learned through lived experience. If you don’t feel like a natural leader, there’s no reason you can’t become one. […] See More

April 6, 2016

IF YOU LOVE YOUR EMPLOYEES, SET THEM FREE

Do you ever feel like, as a manager, you’re squeezing the life out of your employees? That you may be over-managing to the point where it is detrimental to productivity? Employee freedom is one of the major ideas behind the future of work movement, and I think the right balance is still being defined. While […] See More

April 1, 2016

HOW TO PART WAYS AGREEABLY

I have written about how to make great hires, how to build great relationships with your employees, and how to keep your best talent around. But to this point, I have avoided the considerably more unpleasant topic of firing an employee. This recent article in HBR reminded me that sometimes this unpleasant reality is just […] See More

February 12, 2016

MANAGEMENT TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON IN 2016

In 2015, we saw a profusion of discussion about ongoing fundamental changes taking place in the workplace. “The Future of Work” was discussed in articles from many major publications and leaders of prominent companies took a public stand in acknowledging these changes. Going forward, it’s crucial that leaders be aware of trends as they continue […] See More

December 30, 2015

2 KEYS TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL FIRST-TIME LEADER

Inevitably, being thrust into a leadership position for the first time is hard. There will be moments when you feel inadequate and in over your head. Understanding that “everything” is not part of your job description should help you get to a place where you can prioritize and really hone in on what it is […] See More

December 16, 2015