The Savvy Manager

The top 12 songs that inspire and motivate

July 15, 2015
No doubt you have favorite songs that help you start your day, give you that extra shove to try something new, tell someone off, or to just console you after a letdown. Here are the top 12 songs for inspiration and motivation, and the jewels that lie within them.

Operation–‘The wacky electric game where the boss is the doctor’

June 26, 2015

One of the first things a manager comes to realize is that employees can’t really be changed. Oh, you can steer them a bit with rewards and discipline, but you can never transform them into your dream workers. They either are or they aren’t. For those little irritating idiosyncrasies you’d like to pluck from your workers, all you need is a pair of tweezers and a steady hand …

Ill-fitting yoga pants and other office no-no’s

June 19, 2015

Workplace decorum or etiquette—call it what you want—is essential to staying on a successful career path or just being likeable by the people who spend eight hours a day with you. And although your employee handbook is loaded with do’s and don’ts on the issues of legal importance and organizational protocol, there are some things that are too weird to print. These are the gaffes found in every workplace committed by many employees who, well, just don’t get it. And it’s worse when a boss doesn’t get it.

Debunking 4 myths about millennials

June 10, 2015

When dealing with millennials, take a tip from Pizza Hut: Don’t focus too much on them as a homogenous group.

Your workplace may be dingier than you think

May 21, 2015

Have you ever taken a good look around your workplace? I mean a really critical look, as if you were a highly recruited job candidate deciding if yours is the place you would want to come to every day. The truth is, a shoddy, unkempt, outdated workplace may not only hamper productivity, it’s probably driving away good job candidates as well.

SpongeBob or Squidward: Which would you hire?

May 11, 2015

Both of these lovable cartoon characters have characteristics inherent in a lot of the folks who answer your employment ads—or who are on your payroll right now.

When you say ___, employees hear ___

May 1, 2015

Bosses are full of bossisms. You know, a certain way of speaking to your workers that naturally comes to all who enter the gates of management. And whether you’re euphemizing, energizing or just skating by the moment with a threadbare phrase, just be aware that those words you say are going through your employees’ decoders. Here is a list of common bossisms and their interpretations by the rank-and-file.

9 pearls of wisdom from Dr. Seuss

April 17, 2015

As Dr. Seuss once famously noted, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” And buried—not so deep—in the pages of his books are some of the simple answers, wisdom and advice that could help you become a better manager and leader:

What are the odds an employee will get away with … ?

April 2, 2015

Seems like there are odds—strange as they are—for just about anything. But what about what you do? What are the odds? Where are the stats? Since you deal with people, and people are inherently unpredictable, it might seem difficult to pin probability on their behavior and idiosyncrasies. But we’re talking about people in a workplace, and as you might guess, patterns begin to form that curiously repeat themselves no matter where you work or who you supervise.

5 red flags in a job résumé

March 16, 2015

A résumé is a peculiar document. The writer bares his professional soul, fusses over verbs and gerunds, though he’s not sure what gerunds are. You know what you’re looking for when it comes to experience and education. But sometimes you’re fooled.