Situational Leadership

A key word for problem solvers: Elimination

June 9, 2021
Author Shamini Bundell cites a new study from University of Virginia researchers that explains why people rarely try to solve problems by taking things away, and that our instinct is to add elements instead, even when this repeatedly doesn’t work.

The road is rough for the power couple

June 9, 2021
Couples trying to balance two careers can often have an especially complex dance to choreograph.

Get a handle on experts’ bills

May 12, 2021
You’ve found a reputable attorney, accounting firm, or consultant, one that has the skills you need and promises good service. Now it’s time to think about negotiating ways to make it easier to control expenses and pay the bills as they come in. We recommend several ways to keep experts’ bills in hand.

When to share sensitive data

May 12, 2021
Transparency in an organization is good, but not everything is meant to be shared with employees or the public. When deciding whether to put information out where everyone can see it, consider these issues.

Solve problems; don’t hand them off

April 14, 2021
One of the key causes of friction between departments is “dumping”—the act of solving one of your department’s problems in a way that creates a burden for another department. It’s easy to fall into if you don’t anticipate the consequences of your decisions. Look out for the following kinds of situations.

Navigate business growth: 10 tips

March 10, 2021
When running a business, you are constantly striving to promote growth. Once things start to take off, there’s often a whole new set of challenges that must be addressed. Here are a few tips I’ve found useful when navigating a period of business growth and expansion.

Say ‘No’ and feel guilt-free

February 10, 2021
You can’t please everyone all the time—which means you’d better learn how to turn down requests from employees, peers, and business associates. Refuse graciously by following these guidelines.

The positives and negatives of revealing a positive test

December 9, 2020
Q: I tested positive for COVID-19 while in a long stretch of working remotely. All of us at the company are telecommuting through the winter, so I’m safely quarantined. They don’t know I’ve been stricken. Should I tell them? What would you do?

Hiring a consultant? Take these precautions before you sign

December 9, 2020
Sometimes the best person to solve a major, organization-wide problem is an outsider who’s free of the assumptions and preconceptions that can cloud your judgment. Hiring a consultant gives you access to new ideas and a wider range of experience, but you can’t just pick one randomly. Make the best choice by following these guidelines.

Be charitable, but be vigilant

November 11, 2020
Office drives to raise money for charities aiding disaster victims around the world are surely worthwhile. However, to make sure that your and your employees’ efforts and dollars are put to good use, check out charities before you trust them.