Situational Leadership

Covid and the art of Zen: Remote leadership strategies in crazy and challenging times

August 26, 2022
The term “Zen leadership” may sound a bit cliché, but its focus works particularly well in chaotic environments like we’re experiencing today. How can Zen leadership help in situations where team members work remotely or in a hybrid environment?

A quick work of marketing genius

July 13, 2022
You can’t be sure of much in life. Except that you can be sure that you can’t be sure when marketing opportunities will appear. And you need to be ready not only to spot them, but to grab them. And grab them quickly. Because in today’s world, the window gets smaller and smaller.

Learn from Lorne Michaels’ boundless energy for a problem

June 24, 2022
The creator and producer of “Saturday Night Live” has long been a kind of opaque manager prototype blend: a brilliant, mysterious, powerful and sometimes infuriating entity. For a glimpse into the processes of Lorne Michaels, we go to a snippet from Doug Hill and Jeff Weingard’s book about the early days of “SNL,” called Saturday Night.

Ex-colleague trashes us online: What to say?

June 8, 2022
Q. A senior leader was let go from our company. As a friend of hers, I’ve become aware of disparaging things she now writes online about it—nothing widely seen, but I think many of them are unjustified. I want to stay friends, but also put an end to these inaccuracies. Any suggestions?

The wisdom of being a broken record

June 8, 2022
Your boss has approached you with a last-minute request to stay after work to finish a report due the next day. Your instinct might be to grab an excuse out of thin air—but it creates a problem where you might be backing yourself into a dead end.

6 questions to consider after Elon Musk’s anti-telecommuting decree

June 8, 2022
When you think about the productivity of your remote employees, ask yourself these questions.

Think your way through an IRS audit

May 11, 2022
Most times an audit is relatively painless, a cut-and-dried look into your records. But there may be tricky moments in which your strategy is to reveal information, or not reveal information, in a way that benefits you the most. Keep these tips in mind.

The gamble of hiring bonuses

April 22, 2022
The last two years have seen dramatic shifts in the job market, many of which will cause ripple effects for the foreseeable future. One of the most pronounced markers has been the surge in signing bonuses offered by employers to potential candidates. Here are some important questions to consider about this practice.

Make tough tasks brutally simple

April 13, 2022
Don’t you wish things were… well, frankly, easier? Well, maybe that’s not as far-fetched as you think.

4 tips for letters of recommendation

April 8, 2022
At some point in your career, you may be asked to write a letter of recommendation for someone. This is a good thing; it’s an opportunity to show mutual respect. Any recommendation you write reflects on you as well, so it should be crafted carefully. Keep these general guidelines in mind.