Coronavirus tactics: Managing a remote staff

Want to get the most from your remote staff? Showing that out of sight does not mean out of mind encourages them to step up their game and contribute to the company’s development.

Considering a retreat? Ask 3 questions

Before you start planning one, decide whether a retreat is right for you. Dave Jennings, president of the consulting and training firm Business Acumen, Inc., poses the following three questions.

Delegate your authority without fear

You know it’s important to delegate authority to those you lead in order to empower them and develop their leadership potential. Still, giving up the authority you’ve worked so hard to acquire and apply is hard. Accept that fact, and learn to face three of the fears that plague every leader who delegates.

When negotiating, put some thought into the venue

Deciding where negotiations will take place shouldn’t be an afterthought. Location can make a significant difference in reaching your objectives for both you and your counterpart. Law professor Jeswald Salacuse recommends checking out the advantages and disadvantages of the four most common negotiating locations.

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When you feel obligated to send out the traditional message to the troops in a difficult time about your strength as a team and a company, and how you know everyone will pull together and the future will be brighter than ever, etc. etc., remember that when crisis comes, people's tolerance for corporate-speak is very low. They want answers, direction and a firm hand now more than ever; meaningless platitudes only increase their feeling of uncertainty and may paint you as being afraid to speak the truth.

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Q. I’m a single female VP (it took me 10 years to rise up) who is romantically attracted to a charming male subordinate. We have a strict no-fraternization policy. I love my job and I’m falling in love with him. I know I can’t have both. Help!

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