Career Management

Penalty flag on the office decor

January 13, 2021
Q: I’ve been a Washington Redskins fan for most of my life, and my office shows it—posters, helmet, throw-rug, etc. Now that we’re returning to the office, I’m wondering what my employees will think if I don’t remove the “Redskins” motif, now that the team dropped the offensive nickname. I’d like to keep all my memorabilia. What would you do?

Train your eye on these indicators

January 13, 2021
If your business fails (whatever business you’re in), everybody suffers. As a leader at any level, you’ve got to concentrate on the fundamentals of success if you want your organization to thrive. Here’s what to pay attention to.

You can control how you’re perceived

January 13, 2021
Your image as a leader depends on more than selecting the right power suit. Here’s how to stay in control of how people perceive you.

Tale of 2 teachers

January 13, 2021
A successful merchant prided himself on his resistance to sales pitches. Once he made up his mind not to buy, no spiel could change it or wear him down. However, one young salesman just wouldn’t give up.

Ditch these 6 ‘skills’ right now!

January 13, 2021
Ed Hess identifies six skills and attitudes that not long ago might have gotten you a corner office—but may now get you fired.

Great quotes to start a better year

December 9, 2020
It’s been a tough year. And most of us would like to put it behind us and look forward to brighter days. To help you get started, here are some inspirational words from top business people on leadership, management, and motivation.

Jeff Bezos: Call it work/life harmony

December 9, 2020
I know if I am energized at work, happy at work, feeling like I’m adding value, part of a team, whatever energizes you, that makes me better at home. Likewise, if I’m happy at home, it makes me a better employee, a better boss.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 0121

December 9, 2020
Soften the blow of criticism … Don’t react impulsively to an employee’s careless error … Don’t know how to pronounce a name? Ask … Never let your phone voicemail tell the caller that it is “full”

1-Minute Strategies: January ’21

December 2, 2020
Completing a task sent to you via email? Don’t be too quick to say “Done!” … Fun via Zoom isn’t always easy  … Tell your supplies manager you have a special request … What is Kaprekar’s constant? … Getting together during the COVID winter takes creativity … Lock, stock and barrel

Put these leadership skills to work

November 11, 2020
A great leader is a manager who supports his or her employees and is willing to give up some control by letting employees make their own decisions. Focus on cultivating these traits in your own performance to become an effective leader.