Strategic Leadership

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?

Avoid falling for dichotomies

June 8, 2022
“Whenever you are faced with an either-or choice, you should try to take a broader view of the situation and consider alternative ways of solving the main problem confronting you.”

The wisdom of being a broken record

June 8, 2022
Your boss has approached you with a last-minute request to stay after work to finish a report due the next day. Your instinct might be to grab an excuse out of thin air—but it creates a problem where you might be backing yourself into a dead end.

6 questions to consider after Elon Musk’s anti-telecommuting decree

June 8, 2022
When you think about the productivity of your remote employees, ask yourself these questions.

Wow, now this is tone-deaf!

May 11, 2022
Recently, some workers received an email from their employer, a large health and science university. The email read: “In response to the current community hardship caused by the covid-19 pandemic, (company) has decided to assist all employees in getting through these difficult times.”

Think your way through an IRS audit

May 11, 2022
Most times an audit is relatively painless, a cut-and-dried look into your records. But there may be tricky moments in which your strategy is to reveal information, or not reveal information, in a way that benefits you the most. Keep these tips in mind.

The gamble of hiring bonuses

April 22, 2022
The last two years have seen dramatic shifts in the job market, many of which will cause ripple effects for the foreseeable future. One of the most pronounced markers has been the surge in signing bonuses offered by employers to potential candidates. Here are some important questions to consider about this practice.

Lessons learned from Amazon’s big union loss

April 14, 2022
The big labor story of the year is that e-commerce giant Amazon has lost its multimillion-dollar fight to remain union-free. How Amazon lost that election carries lessons for employers eager to avoid a similar fate.

Make tough tasks brutally simple

April 13, 2022
Don’t you wish things were… well, frankly, easier? Well, maybe that’s not as far-fetched as you think.

4 tips for letters of recommendation

April 8, 2022
At some point in your career, you may be asked to write a letter of recommendation for someone. This is a good thing; it’s an opportunity to show mutual respect. Any recommendation you write reflects on you as well, so it should be crafted carefully. Keep these general guidelines in mind.