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Pssst! Guess who’s (not) getting fired!

February 13, 2020
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?

The language of your door

February 13, 2020
Q. As an executive, I’ve got a lot on my plate that needs my undivided attention. With that said, I also have an open-door policy in which I encourage employees or front-line managers to use. However, not every issue they bring to me rises to the level of urgency. How can I keep an open-door policy and at the same time discourage people barging in with trivial problems that could wait?

Conventional wisdom? Maybe not

February 13, 2020
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

February 13, 2020
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

February 13, 2020
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

February 13, 2020
You’ve heard about the value of visualizing success when you’re about to encounter a tough situation; try vocalization as well.

Imagineering made easy

February 13, 2020
“What could have been” and “what might be” are not the usual stuff of business discussions. Yet giving your employees the opportunity to pursue these topics can lead to new insights and ideas. Try these scenarios and see what emerges.

Don’t sign until deal is really done

February 13, 2020
Signed documents assenting to various points in the bargaining process can become binding agreements if you don’t take care. To protect yourself, keep the following tips in mind.

Always think one step ahead

February 13, 2020
Four wizards were on a journey through a treeless desert when they happened across the skeleton of a lion.

Address mistakes with 3 questions

February 13, 2020
Since so many business tasks involve complex duties, co-workers and numerous other factors, accurate assessments can be tough. Here are three general questions to get you started.