Conventional wisdom? Maybe not

Looking for leadership guidance from yesterday’s management gurus can leave you in a time warp. To avoid getting trapped, watch out for these words of conventional wisdom that aren’t necessarily true—at least not all the time.

Lead with and through enthusiasm

Are you enthusiastic about your organization, its products or services, and your role as a manager and leader? Just as you set an example in your work, try setting one with your attitude.

Deliver criticism the proper way

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.

The sound of success

You’ve heard about the value of visualizing success when you’re about to encounter a tough situation; try vocalization as well.

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Today's Leadership Tip

We all know that a postmortem is conducted to find out what went wrong. A premortem is done like this: When you’re about to venture upon a major project, ask team members one question: “It’s one year from now and this thing has failed miserably. What happened?” Asking only for negative possibilities frees people to speak more bluntly since they know it’s pointless to temper their views. Premortems may well save you much heartache down the road.

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Q. There’s a whisper campaign among employees that the company might be replacing me. There’s no truth to that. Should I shrug it off and let it die on its own or should I set the record straight?

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