The Secret to Maintaining That Thin Line Between Manager and Workforce.

The Secret to Maintaining That Thin Line Between Manager and Workforce combined

Imagine being promoted to a leadership role. Maybe you are going to be a manager for the first time. Or that you are now going to lead a project. Perhaps you are being promoted to team leader. Maybe you are going to be a department head. Chances are that you know the people you will be leading. Some of them may be friends. They are your colleagues. You are their peer. But now you need to be their leader. Making that adjustment can be tricky. Even if you are being promoted into the role at a new organization. As a … Read more

Are You Burning Out? Check These 4 Areas Now!

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Parsing through your feelings can be confusing when you’re exhausted by your work, but it’s probably the first thing you should do if you are starting to feel burned out. Because being tired doesn’t necessarily mean that you are burned out. Working hard or working long hours isn’t the main or only factor that leads to burnout, though exhaustion is certainly one of the warning signs. A better question to ponder is why and how are you so exhausted. Are you emotionally drained? Are you growing increasingly cynical? Are you feeling a bit depressed? These are signs of burnout. Is … Read more

The Secret to Holding Constructive Conversations with Employees

The Secret to Holding Constructive Conversations with Employees

The joy of being a manager lies in the insidious nature of the job. You are faced with a dynamic range of interpersonal, personal, and group issues to resolve. And you thought it was about managing the work! What we all learn, sooner or later, that being a manger is all about people. Just like an expert poker player, you need to play the table. The cards, not so much. But just to make it more fun, we’ll give you little to no training or practice. Go ahead, jump in. The water’s fine. Of course, you have great experience as … Read more

Are You Stuck In A Job With No Progression? Here Are 2 Ways Out

Does your current job offer the kind of growth you need to build a successful career? If you are being challenged, you are growing. Which means your career is growing. If you are not being challenged, it may be time for you to move on. Or it may be time for you to change your approach. Because you can’t rely on the company to do everything for you. Maybe the company doesn’t have a career growth path for you. Many companies are terribly bad at this. It could be that your boss is holding you back. That happens everywhere as … Read more

Leaders are Readers | July Reading List

July Reading List

Here are three great books to read about timing (which really is everything), personal branding (which is also everything), and the secret to long-term success (also everything, kind of most of all). You want new ideas. Good ideas. Things to ponder. And specifics to back it all up. Well, that’s exactly what you are going to get from this group of book recommendations. Two of these books are hot off the press and one is a classic (which I now know why is a classic). Maybe one, two, or three of these will make good additions to your summer reading … Read more

Learn How to Get More Done with Baby Steps

Learn How to Get More Done with Baby Steps

Baby steps solve more problems than you might think. Even small ones. A baby-step approach to cliff diving probably seems obvious. You wouldn’t start out by diving off of a 100-foot ledge. But have you ever thought about baby-stepping more things at work? Sure, that big project must be broken down into smaller milestones. Annual goals must be worked on consistently over time. And earning a promotion doesn’t happen after one task. But what about simple things like writing an email, preparing a meeting agenda, or reviewing a contract? Could those mundane, common tasks be improved with baby steps? Definitely. … Read more

What You’re Missing in Your Battle with Procrastination

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Sometimes I feel like the President of Procrasti Nation. I’m not on task. And sometimes I’m pretty far afield. I’ve wandered off course and it seems like there just ain’t no way back. But I’ve got to get back on track. I’ve got to overcome whatever the mental/emotional hurdle is and do some important work. Like, for example, right now I really want to watch Nathan Fielder’s “informational video” on how the Emmy’s could be hacked. Because I’m a big fan of his show Nathan For You. He’s clever, funny, always pushes things to an interesting edge giving viewers unexpected … Read more

The Easiest Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Confidence

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Imagine arriving at your moment of truth with less nerves and more confidence. That might seem a little unrealistic. After all, being a bundle of nerves is how you know that your moment of truth has arrived. Whether it’s a big presentation, a job interview, delivering a report, or speaking up in a meeting, it feels like a big moment because you feel nervous. The problem is, those nerves can easily turn into a lack of confidence. Soon, you can be roiling in despair about the whole thing. Which is counter-productive and disheartening. So we can spend a time worrying. … Read more

Where to Put Your Effort

Where to Put Your Effort

Are you working too hard or not hard enough? In many cases, it’s hard to tell. Because we confuse work with worry and we put energy into the wrong things at the wrong time. It can be quite confusing. And very frustrating. You might be determined to do a great job. And you might be worried about what others will think–how you will be evaluated. Probably you want to do well on both of those fronts. That’s a good plan, but difficult to balance properly. Here’s the deal. Much of the time you are being way too hard on yourself. … Read more