Best-Practices Leadership

Social justice: yes, get involved

July 9, 2020
Q: At work there’s been a lot of discussion about social justice issues, and several of my employees have said that talking about it is not enough; we should be doing something about them. What actions can and should we take?

Morale is rooted in fun

July 9, 2020
Running a department or business is a serious endeavor. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sense of humor.

Incubate those great ideas!

July 9, 2020
Some ideas come to you in a flash of insight. Others take their time, but can pay off just as richly.

An empathetic leader? Yes; a pushover? No

July 9, 2020
In these difficult times, we look to business leaders to take the helm of their company with confidence and authority. However, now is not the time to rule with an iron fist.

Avoid 3 critical errors when reopening the office

June 30, 2020
In a still-confusing time, you want to get people back to work, and keep them there. But Dan Kaplan,a partner at Foley & Lardner’s Madison, Wisconsin office and a leader on the firm’s Coronavirus Task Force, has some reminders for us of the organizational and legal issues we cannot look past.

Shouldn’t we place more value on our values?

June 10, 2020
Q: We have our company’s core values plastered all over the place, but little by little you can sense that they’re being pushed aside in the name of profit and expediency. This has happened in more than one place I’ve worked. How do I call attention to this without seeming like a complainer or a troublemaker? I can just hear it now: “That’s what you’re bothering us with?”

Working from home is the new normal: Projected trends for the future

May 7, 2020

By now, organizations and teams have adjusted to working remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some came to this point more grudgingly than others. Astute organizations will come out stronger and with a different view on how to approach the work experience. Here are some other trends likely to emerge.

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.

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.

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.