People Management

… You’re asking someone to lend you a hand

October 1, 2019
Position your request as something that will benefit the other person. You aren’t asking for something; you are granting them an opportunity.

Gain perspective during a spat

October 1, 2019
If you are wrapped up in a conflict and a resolution seems nowhere in sight, gaining a fresh perspective can help you move past your hurt and anger. Use these tips.

Make every conversation a winner

October 1, 2019
When you talk with people, you define your relationship with them. Choose your words carefully and you will build trust and a positive reputation. Steer conversations with these principles.

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.

6 team building activities for your telecommuting team

July 22, 2019
Telecommuting is very popular, but the distance requires that you use team-building activities.  Here are 6 you can try with your employees. 

Be sensitive when rejecting staff’s ideas

July 12, 2019
Speaking up in front of a supervisor can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be, according to new research from a Rice University psychologist. How a leader responds to employee suggestions can impact whether the employee opens up in the future.