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Ditch these 6 ‘skills’ right now!

January 13, 2021
Ed Hess identifies six skills and attitudes that not long ago might have gotten you a corner office—but may now get you fired.

Adopt a selfless attitude

January 13, 2021
Being a good leader is a selfless task—literally. You have to put your organization’s objectives above your own, and that means putting other people’s abilities and contributions first.

Great quotes to start a better year

December 9, 2020
It’s been a tough year. And most of us would like to put it behind us and look forward to brighter days. To help you get started, here are some inspirational words from top business people on leadership, management, and motivation.

The positives and negatives of revealing a positive test

December 9, 2020
Q: I tested positive for COVID-19 while in a long stretch of working remotely. All of us at the company are telecommuting through the winter, so I’m safely quarantined. They don’t know I’ve been stricken. Should I tell them? What would you do?

No bonuses are ruffling feathers

December 9, 2020
Q: In past years we were pretty generous with handing out bonuses to all employees. But this year, we told them our finances couldn’t support it. They are noticeably downtrodden over this. What can I do or say now?

Decisions, decisions

December 9, 2020
Some days they come at you fast and furious. You need to prioritize your decisions and tackle them in some kind of rational order.

Set an example for your stars

December 9, 2020
Let these three principles guide you as you lead your A team.

Take these 5 steps to opportunity

December 9, 2020
To help your group identify opportunities for innovations, improvements, or solutions to problems, try a five-step question sequence suggested by training consultant Mark Tager.

ID the players in your change effort

December 9, 2020
Implementing a change means getting your people on board. Hint: Don’t try to convert everyone at once. Identify where three groups of your staff members stand on the change and plot your strategy accordingly.

Give new managers effective guidance

December 9, 2020
New managers who report to you may be nervous and uncertain. One good way to start building their confidence and skills is to help them develop a good working relationship with you so they know what to expect from their future bosses. Spell out your expectations in three steps.