A quick work of marketing genius

July 13, 2022
You can’t be sure of much in life. Except that you can be sure that you can’t be sure when marketing opportunities will appear. And you need to be ready not only to spot them, but to grab them. And grab them quickly. Because in today’s world, the window gets smaller and smaller.

Monitoring remote workers can backfire

July 7, 2022
Managers trying to electronically monitor their remote employees might want to rethink their snooping strategy. Even as online searches for “how to monitor employees working from home” have increased dramatically since the pandemic began, being Big Brother can backfire.

Give yourself permission to downshift

July 6, 2022
There’s plenty of advice for gearing up your career, but not enough suggestions about how to gear down. Here are some tips for plotting your escape from the unforgiving ladder.

Always make it about the journey

July 6, 2022
Patricia Highsmith, author of the suspense classics Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, once wrote on the empty mirage of arriving at a place you’ve dreamed of.

No time like the present to stop procrastinating

July 6, 2022
Procrastinators wait to complete a project for a variety of reasons. But what they all have in common is not planning for doing—and thus, they essentially plan to accomplish nothing. Here are tips to stop stalling.

Use batching to handle work overload

July 6, 2022
How should you prioritize your workload? Well, maybe you just shouldn’t.

Deal with people who refuse to read

June 24, 2022
Have you ever known or worked with someone who just won’t read communication? Before you stew about these “information vacuums” too much, consider a few things.

Learn from Lorne Michaels’ boundless energy for a problem

June 24, 2022
The creator and producer of “Saturday Night Live” has long been a kind of opaque manager prototype blend: a brilliant, mysterious, powerful and sometimes infuriating entity. For a glimpse into the processes of Lorne Michaels, we go to a snippet from Doug Hill and Jeff Weingard’s book about the early days of “SNL,” called Saturday Night.

In their own words: Lessons from the SHRM22 conference

June 24, 2022
Here is some bite-sized advice from last month’s Society for Human Resource Management annual conference in New Orleans.

Ex-colleague trashes us online: What to say?

June 8, 2022
Q. A senior leader was let go from our company. As a friend of hers, I’ve become aware of disparaging things she now writes online about it—nothing widely seen, but I think many of them are unjustified. I want to stay friends, but also put an end to these inaccuracies. Any suggestions?