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If you can’t say something nice …

January 9, 2020
Q. I’ve been watching my boss botch move after move for a few years now, and it’s tough not to get swept up in the talk at work about his errors. I’d like to play devil’s advocate, but what argument can I make in defense of such a poor leader?

Haters gonna hate, askers gonna ask

January 9, 2020
Q. Lately, many of my employees have been asking me what I think are inconvenient questions. This is causing me to fire back with a snide remark, rather than a constructive answer. What can I do?

Filler up!

January 9, 2020
We all use filler words, or vocal disfluencies, in our daily speech. The junk food of the applied linguistics world, they come off as sloppy and faltering. We should try to banish them, especially from our professional speech as much as possible. Right? Well, not necessarily.

Mission statements: Beware empty promises and hollow platitudes

January 9, 2020
See if you can tell what the problem is with these well-known mission statements.

How to lead older employees

January 9, 2020
While generational tension is certainly not uncommon in the professional world, it’s not an insurmountable issue. In fact, it can be a leverageable asset. Here are some things to keep in mind when leading your elders.

Their last job isn’t the true picture

January 9, 2020
Recruiting and retention expert Mel Kleiman of Humetrics says that we make a mistake conducting job interviews when we immediately fall back on asking about the applicant’s current job or their last one.

Think stream, not income

January 9, 2020
Is your business working too hard for too little money? This anecdote may point you to a new line of thinking.

Do your employees know how to make your business succeed?

January 9, 2020
Imagine if every employee in your business understood how and why your business works the way it does, could evaluate risk and its mitigation, and knew how to align their personal strategy to your company strategy.

Corporate tunnel vision exposed!

January 9, 2020
Here’s an example of smart people being just a little blind in hiring.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 0220

January 9, 2020
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