Leadership & Career

4 common pitfalls to dodge

September 3, 2020
Change is necessary to every organization’s successful growth, but it rarely happens as smoothly as we’d like. Be prepared to deal with these common obstacles.

Dodge 3 ‘team’ problems

August 28, 2020
Teams are only as strong as their individual members. If you’re forming a team—or training your staff to function as one—guard against these common pitfalls.

Don’t forget the overnighters

August 28, 2020
Shift work is the norm in some industries, and if you’re responsible for employees on the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, or something similar, you need to manage them with extra care. Keep this advice in mind.

Get staff to own your plan

August 26, 2020
You’ve probably found yourself in this predicament: You have what you think is a good plan to achieve a goal or solve a problem. How can you cross the ownership gap between “the boss’s idea” and “our plan”?

Make sure you’re not a toxic boss

August 19, 2020
Some managers, let’s face it, are toxic. They alienate employees with their bad attitudes. You’re not one of them—are you? Make sure by checking out this list of toxic behaviors that managers should avoid, from Psychology Today.

Make sure team is not a clique

August 14, 2020
Does your team really behave like a team? Over time, some teams develop cliques and grow distant—if not downright hostile—to outsiders and new members. If you want to keep your team productive and healthy, you have to keep the “in-crowd” from taking over. Here’s how to intervene.

Bounce back from a mistake

August 13, 2020
Mistakes aren’t fatal, as long as you know how to deal with them in a positive manner. Acknowledging and apologizing for them is only a first step. Here’s how to turn a setback into a step forward.

Are you polishing your sneakers?

August 13, 2020
One CEO was known for telling employees, “You’re not going to be able to polish that sneaker,” when he realized that they were spending valuable time on something that’s not worth the effort. Just as an old sneaker can’t be polished back into usefulness or even good appearance, some efforts just won’t get you anywhere.

Don’t let grudges poison your leadership

August 13, 2020
One of the worst effects of holding a grudge is that you may have trouble distinguishing your personal overreactions from legitimate misgivings about the employee. Take these steps if you feel you might be holding a grudge.

Steering business through COVID-19

August 13, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, small businesses have reopened across the nation but certainty and optimism are a long way from being restored.