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Why you might be having trouble

July 9, 2020
Leaders have trouble motivating employees because they don’t directly ask them about what they want, says leadership consultant Paul Cherry. Learn to recognize and avoid these self-defeating arguments.

Make working from home work for everyone

May 14, 2020
Q: Before the coronavirus hit, our company had less than half of its employees working remotely. Now everyone is working off-site and many people have been struggling with it. What are your thoughts on a strategy to make this work for all involved?

7 secrets to success

May 14, 2020
When people ponder what makes an effective leader, sometimes they get caught up in style at the expense of substance. A strong handshake and commanding voice are nice qualities, but they don’t guarantee management success.

She’s great! When should I tell her?

April 9, 2020
Q. One of my workers is a high-potential employee whom I am seriously considering grooming for a VP job. My question is, should I inform her now, or wait until she proves herself a bit more? If I tell her now then I probably owe it to her; if I wait, I’m liable to lose her to another employer. Your thoughts?

Deliver criticism the proper way

February 13, 2020
Whether you call it “negative feedback” or “constructive criticism,” telling employees that they’re doing something wrong is usually tricky. When you need to give a little criticism, follow these steps.

Address mistakes with 3 questions

February 13, 2020
Since so many business tasks involve complex duties, co-workers and numerous other factors, accurate assessments can be tough. Here are three general questions to get you started.

Haters gonna hate, askers gonna ask

January 15, 2020
Q. Lately, many of my employees have been asking me what I think are inconvenient questions. This is causing me to fire back with a snide remark, rather than a constructive answer. What can I do?

If you can’t say something nice …

January 9, 2020
Q. I’ve been watching my boss botch move after move for a few years now, and it’s tough not to get swept up in the talk at work about his errors. I’d like to play devil’s advocate, but what argument can I make in defense of such a poor leader?

How to lead older employees

January 9, 2020
While generational tension is certainly not uncommon in the professional world, it’s not an insurmountable issue. In fact, it can be a leverageable asset. Here are some things to keep in mind when leading your elders.

Their last job isn’t the true picture

January 9, 2020
Recruiting and retention expert Mel Kleiman of Humetrics says that we make a mistake conducting job interviews when we immediately fall back on asking about the applicant’s current job or their last one.