People Management

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Get them to the point quicker

April 11, 2018

Q. I don’t have time for ramblers who fail to edit themselves. How do I express to someone that the clock is ticking on my attention span?

Apply Shakespeare’s wisdom to lead ex-peers

March 29, 2018

If you act one way while angling for a promotion—befriending as many people as you can and acting as if you’re their No. 1 fan—and then abandon them as soon as you’re the boss, you will lose their respect for good. William Shakespeare understood this.

When money corrupts trust

March 12, 2018

Q. I’m quite well paid and it’s obvious to everyone at my company. But I’m in charge of motivating a lot of very low-paid employees. I’m not sensing their trust—I think the income disparity is a real problem. What do you recommend?

The easiest narcissist detector ever

March 7, 2018

Turns out it’s easy to find out if someone is a narcissist.

Learn, don’t tell, to gain credibility

March 6, 2018

“As the pace of change accelerates and you want to run ahead as fast as you can, don’t let the hard work of compromise lose out,” says Beth Brooke-Marciniak.

When they ask, ‘Why did she quit?’

March 1, 2018

Q: We had a superstar here who quit because she couldn’t take the C-suite’s bad decision-making anymore. Now since I’m fairly high up the ladder, several people are asking me what happened. How much honesty can I afford here?

Time pressure and creativity

February 22, 2018

Even though research on the relation between time pressure and creativity remains muddled, a few things started to become clear as early as 2002, according to a 10-year study by Harvard business professor Teresa Amabile.

When the trust is gone

February 16, 2018

Q. I’ve lost trust in one of my employees. He’s acted in ways that make me think he’s unreliable and possibly a liar. But he’s technically very good at his job and I’d prefer not to lose him. Is it possible to have someone on your team who’s proficient at his work, but untrustworthy? I mean, everyone lies sometimes, right?

Step back so others step up

February 9, 2018

Employees who reach their potential need the space to thrive. If you micromanage them, they may stop making decisions, suggesting ideas and taking prudent risks.

Terminate poor performer sooner, not later

February 9, 2018

“When you lose a dear friend, it’s painful. But I felt the quicker, the better. ”

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