Some Advice for New Managers

Congratulations! You have just been promoted to manager—all the long hours have paid off. Well done! Now what? In most organizations, people get promoted into management positions because they are good engineers or sales people or accountants. Then, they are left to their own devices to learn management “on the job” with little or no support, tools, or training. They […]

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Is Your Performance Management System Failing You?

Is your performance management system letting your managers cop out of tough conversations? Take our quick quiz and have your eyes opened on who is dropping the ball: 1. There are no “does not meet” or below-average ratings: If your managers aren’t delivering some bad news, they don’t feel compelled to be candid about performance. A. True         […]

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Office Avengers: Build Your Hero Team

Have you ever been tasked with the responsibility of assembling a team? No, not like the avengers where its all super heroes and someone can solve a world crisis in the blink of an eye. More like bringing the right employees together to work side-by-side and pull off a huge project. Anyone can throw a random group of people together […]

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Fuel Your Employees’ Creative Fire

Picture this corporate scene—lines of grey suits marching toward perfectly aligned cubicles… a dreadful image. This dreary picture of the corporate life persuades employees to alter their self-image, and even more drastically, their way of thinking into fitting the mold of the perfect business person. Approaching this problem as managers, we have to ask, how can innovation and growth be […]

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Pessimism Protection

Pessimists are everywhere. They vocalize thoughts littered with negativity and unhelpful criticism—which usually results in a stampede of positive thinkers running for the hills. But what do you do when you are in a confined area with nowhere to run? What happens when this pessimist is inevitably sharing a space with you 40 hours out of the week. If you […]

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