Situational Leadership

Someone please reinvent the job ad!

September 8, 2021
As someone who’s made generous rounds of job-seeking and interviewing over a career, I can just about recite the text of most job postings. Let me guess… you’re looking for a dynamic candidate for your fast-paced environment that’s offering a competitive salary?

Why your staff should stop waiting for that next miracle tool

July 23, 2021
Don’t wait for the optimal working conditions to come along.

Why you must start succession management planning now—a (depressing) case study

July 14, 2021
Unexpected events happen all the time. Business changes, sudden retirements, a global pandemic and much more. Try as one might, you can never predict when it’ll be time for a new leader to step in. That’s why it’s necessary to have a plan in place and have succession planning always on the mind.

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.