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Is MBWA now DOW?

August 9, 2018
Q. I used to hear a lot about “management by walking around,” but not so much anymore. Has it become passe?

‘You’re choosing sheet cake over us?’

August 9, 2018
Q. I just had a top person tell me he won’t be attending an absolutely vital meeting next month because he’d promised to be there for his kid’s birthday. When I pushed him a little, he said it was a thing he “really needed to do.” Do I respect this guy totally or think of him as lacking in what it takes to bring him up to the higher levels?

Laugh and the company laughs with you?

July 12, 2018
Q. Thinking back on all the jobs I’ve ever had, it occurs to me my favorite managers and leaders all had one thing in common—a hearty, even booming laugh. Is there a lesson here?

Oh, the passion!

July 12, 2018
Q. If I see one more claim from someone on LinkedIn about how “passionate” they are about their work, I’ll lose it. Really, how many people are lying through their teeth about their so-called “passion”?

Surveys will continue until morale improves

June 14, 2018
Q. We’re thinking of surveying our entire workforce specifically about their morale. Do you think that’s a good move, or might it come across as weak?

Public speaking … just for laughs

June 14, 2018
Q. People can give me all the tips in the world about how to control my nerves before a speech, but they never seem to take. Want to take a crack at one?

Can a 60-year-old bridge the generation gap?

May 10, 2018
Q. I just entered my sixties, and I really feel a distance building between myself and the younger generations. Should I feel ridiculous about wanting to look and act younger, just so I feel like I’m more relevant to the staff around me?

An ethical culture needs demonstration

May 10, 2018
Q. Now that I’m in a position of influence, I’m really trying to promote a more ethical workplace. What are the best ways to make my point about the way we intend to operate?

Motivation razzle-dazzle: What could go wrong?

April 16, 2018

Q. My efforts to motivate people are not doing so great, and I have a feeling what would work better is a bit of showy exuberance, or a fiery display of some kind to break the calm around here. How can something like this backfire?

There’s no “I” in “team” (but I wish there were)

April 12, 2018
Q. We’re so irritatingly team-based where I work that my best ideas just get folded into everyone else’s. How do I make sure I get some of the credit I think I deserve?
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