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Manage the Micromanager: The Art of Managing ‘Up’

Micromanagers are the worst. Don’t take our word for it: 60% of employees surveyed in the 2017 State of the American Workplace report said they can’t do their job because their boss is too busy doing it for them. This according to a recent Forbes article written by Navalent Managing Partner Ron Carucci on how … Continue reading Manage the Micromanager: The Art of Managing ‘Up’

Micromanaging: It’s Holding You Back

Ask yourself this question: as a leader, are you involved or are you essential to what’s going on in your company? Simply put, effective leaders have made the decision to delegate effectively and let go of the excuses as to why they need to stay involved in the tactical tasks. In a recent Harvard Business … Continue reading Micromanaging: It’s Holding You Back

Stare Down the Elephants

As a business leader, you likely make complex decisions on a daily basis about your company’s bottom line, where your next piece of business is coming from, and how you stack up against the competition. Often, as leaders, we have no problem tackling difficult issues, with one exception: people. Tough people issues can become “Elephants … Continue reading Stare Down the Elephants

Millennials: They’re Just Like Everybody Else

“The single biggest decision you make in your job – bigger than all the rest – is who you name manager. When you name the wrong person manager, nothing fixes that bad decision. Not compensation, not benefits – nothing.” –Jim Clifton, CEO Gallup Inc. contributor Marcel Schwantes published an article last June about why employees … Continue reading Millennials: They’re Just Like Everybody Else

Managerial Malpractice: The Failure to Give Positive Feedback

What’s the first thing you say to your team after they complete a project? If you’re like most leaders, you probably say nothing. Time and again in our leadership training workshops, we see high-level executives who are unable and unwilling to give positive feedback to their employees. And make no mistake, it’s costing them – … Continue reading Managerial Malpractice: The Failure to Give Positive Feedback

Leading on Purpose: It’s a Learned Skill

One major obstacle to a leader’s success is a lack of people skills. Leaders who cannot work effectively with people are often demoted, asked to leave, or bounce from company to company. Most leaders are hired or promoted because they are highly intelligent, have a strong work ethic, possess strong technical skills, and display a … Continue reading Leading on Purpose: It’s a Learned Skill