BOSS AT STAFF MEETING: Do you have anything positive to add to this meeting? ME: Yeah, I just realized I can sleep with my eyes open. Meetings – the unproductivity of them – are the butt of many office jokes. Nothing gets done, no one has anything to say, they are a time-waster. … Continue reading Listen Up and Be Present
Assumption (noun): a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof –Oxford Dictionary Every day we make assumptions in life. About someone’s intentions. About what we think people expect. And we’re usually wrong. In the workplace, making assumptions instead of clearly communicating often causes unnecessary strife and resentment among colleagues. … Continue reading Assume Nothing: Start Talking!
You’ve tried to set boundaries. You’ve proposed potential solutions and workarounds. But the Micromanager is still, well, micromanaging. Before you write that resignation letter or – we don’t recommend this – quit on the spot, we suggest you try a few additional options. Every situation is different. Maybe you’re in your dream company in a … Continue reading The Big Talk: When All Else Fails
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’
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
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