Management Practices

Why won’t the CEO let me help?

December 1, 2016
Q: It drives me crazy how our CEO loves to pay for overpriced consultants to tell us what we already know (or at least what I could’ve told the CEO for free). I’m never asked for my opinion. What’s a diplomatic way for me to convey my concern?

Out of the mouths of window washers…

November 16, 2016
What does a window washer have to tell a high-powered exec? More than he was expecting.

Annual merit pay loses its luster

October 20, 2016
For decades, employers have lulled their workforce into expecting measly but predictable pay increases every year. But that’s changing.

Marissa Mayer: Set up to fail?

September 24, 2016
Marissa Mayer’s fate at Yahoo shows that the C-suite is still chilly for women. Currently, women run only 22 of the companies in the Fortune 500.

5 quandaries to reveal your team’s ethical compass

September 19, 2016
Get together with staff and try to sort through these brain-burners.

Say it now: ‘They’re better than we are’

September 13, 2016
It’s in a business’ best interest that employees believe they’re #1, right? Maybe not.

Dusty Baker on imposing respect

September 1, 2016

The Washington Nationals baseball club has led its division in the National League for most of this season, and much of the credit is going to its skipper, Dusty Baker. A former player himself, Baker is known for his homespun and quirky comments, but in fact he is a fierce competitor with a seemingly natural ability to lead.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 916

August 17, 2016
Tell your people first; make lemonade; be caring and curious.

4 tips to ‘widen the keyhole’

July 28, 2016
Smart leaders know their biases. Rather than make decisions that reinforce their own preferences or worldview, they consider multiple perspectives with an open mind.

Pinterest wants diversity–badly

July 18, 2016
Like many CEOs, Ben Silbermann wants to increase the diversity of his workforce. But rather than take a half-hearted stab at attracting a wider range of job candidates, he has made a long-term commitment to results.