Communication

It’s OK to lose the Battle of 4:00

October 10, 2019
Q. I can sense my staff fading slightly toward the very end of the day. Their productivity flags starting at 4:00. How do I counter this?

5 tips make deadlines mean something

October 10, 2019
There are reasons why deadlines are difficult to hold, keep and enforce. By taking a look at some positive approaches, we can better use them to accomplish our goals.

Dig deep into the truths of motivation

October 10, 2019
There’s an assumption that motivation is a simple trade-off, a labor-equals- reward system. But there’s a lot more to it.

Great icebreaker: Defend your side

October 10, 2019
Toss out an innocuous question and have everyone physically divide into sides.

Homework should stay in school

September 12, 2019
Q. I noticed a lot of companies assigning business books for employees to read and discuss, so I tried it here, and everyone seems unenthused. Have I latched unwisely onto a fad that doesn’t have a lot of merit?

3 tips to save time on email

August 28, 2019
Do you want to save time drafting emails? Most of us do because we spend so much of our day checking and responding to messages. Executive coach Stever Robbins recommends these tips.

The first clue was the due date March 32nd

August 8, 2019
Q. For years, I’ve set phony deadlines for my project teams. I build in a buffer, but they don’t know that. Lately, they’re starting to suspect I’m forcing them to make a false deadline. Should I level with them?

Are you inspiring loyalty?

August 8, 2019
In the book Leading Loyalty, authors Sandy Rogers, Leena Rinne and Shawn Moon examine what it takes to inspire this quality.

Don’t assume we can be anything we want to be

August 8, 2019
Typical leaders spend a lot of time trying to “improve” people into becoming something they’re not.

Even a 15-second presentation demands these basics

August 1, 2019
Never take any moment in the spotlight for granted. This is a moment that shapes the way people perceive you; don’t let it get away from you! Always consider these essentials.