Leadership & Career

Foster a culture of excellence

September 19, 2018
If you want your employees to excel, start by creating the right working environment, says Adam Witty, CEO of Advantage|ForbesBooks. Here are his top leadership tips for doing just that.

Wedding invitation blues

September 14, 2018
Q. One of my workers sent me an invitation to her wedding. I really don’t want to go. I’m thinking that if I attend one employee’s wedding, I’ll be obligated to attend others’. What should I do? Just give a gift with regrets?

Where did all the pens go? Getting a handle on petty theft

September 14, 2018
A pen here, a stack of Post-It notes there—employees bringing home items from work for personal use or to supplement their kid’s school box may not initially seem like a big deal. But think for a moment about multiple individuals repeatedly swiping things, and it’s easy to see how a costly mess can develop quickly.

How to lead when you hate the order you’re carrying out

September 13, 2018
How do you enforce an ill-advised layoff, or a dubious business decision, and still maintain your sanity and credibility?

Avoid the perception of bullying: 8 do’s and don’ts

August 28, 2018
The growth of anti-bullying laws, policies and public campaigns are making employees ultra-aware to potential bullying situations at work. For supervisors, that means it’s more important than ever to be alert to how your words and actions are being delivered … and received. Here are eight do’s and don’ts:

The question of confidentiality

August 24, 2018
On the one hand, you want to keep your staff informed about what’s going on. On the other hand, some information is highly sensitive. Here are some guidelines to consider.

Generate executable ideas

August 22, 2018
You want employees to share their ideas, even outlandish ones—but only if they stand a chance of working. Encourage employees to think through their ideas before they present them by answering these questions first.

Does that decision really require a meeting?

August 14, 2018
Meetings are an essential platform for sharing information, brainstorming new ideas and collaborating as a team. But are they always necessary? Not according to those recently polled by Accountemps.

Go beyond harassment best practices: Add respect to your culture

July 26, 2018
This current wave of harassment accusation appears to be a fundamental climate change in how our culture handles power and ethics. Your organization has two choices—be reactive and live in fear of it happening to you, or be proactive and get ahead of it.

Win more negotiations

July 25, 2018
To come out on top during your next big negotiation, avoid this big deal crusher.