Leadership Mistakes

And/or: Well, it depends

July 19, 2022
The poor use of language in employment agreements will keep employment lawyers busy forever. But imprecise wording can sink more than contracts.

Hope is not a strategy

July 13, 2022
There are several traps into which businesses often fall.

Wow, now this is tone-deaf!

May 11, 2022
Recently, some workers received an email from their employer, a large health and science university. The email read: “In response to the current community hardship caused by the covid-19 pandemic, (company) has decided to assist all employees in getting through these difficult times.”

Lessons learned from Amazon’s big union loss

April 14, 2022
The big labor story of the year is that e-commerce giant Amazon has lost its multimillion-dollar fight to remain union-free. How Amazon lost that election carries lessons for employers eager to avoid a similar fate.

Get real about ‘company culture’

February 9, 2022
You can’t cut corners on your company’s culture.

Bad advice that sounds great

January 28, 2022
All day long, managers are inundated with buzz-phrases and tropes that can do more harm than good. Heed these popular (and thrown-around, thoughtlessly) business tips at your own risk.

The mesmerizing mistakes of Logan Roy

January 12, 2022
Loosely based on the Rupert Murdoch clan, HBO’s hit drama “Succession” follows the backstabbing Roy siblings as they compete for control of their father Logan’s media empire, Waystar Royco. There are a few critical leadership lessons in the series, mostly on what not to do.

How ‘prediction culture’ undermines your leadership

January 12, 2022
One of the conversational habits leaders can succumb to is constant forecasting. In the book Conversation Transformation, authors Ben Benjamin, Amy Yeager and Anita Simon dissect this tendency.

Avoid becoming a ‘fixer’ boss

August 16, 2021
It’s good to be a boss who is engaged and supportive of their team, right? Well, yes. To a point.

Measure twice, cut once

July 23, 2021
It can be difficult to convince staff that your product or process must undergo prolonged testing before it’s launched. You’ve got to overcome both burgeoning optimism and the sense that a project must get underway now. But heed the experience of the former president and COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Horst Schulze.