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Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

My clients complain about micromanaging bosses more than any other problem. Yet almost no one sees himself or herself as a micro-manager.  And people have asked me what is so bad about micromanaging.  Isn’t it a good thing to want something done right? Micromanagers Hurt Staff – and Themselves Micro-managers disempower, annoy and anger their... ...Continue Reading
The Number One Reason People Hate Their Jobs: Bad Bosses

The Number One Reason People Hate Their Jobs: Bad Bosses

I got this great infographic from LearnStuff.com that validates all you have thought about your crazy boss. Most people I coach have problems with their boss – that’s why they are dissatisfied with their current work. In fact, more and more people are interested in developing their own business, so they don’t have to work... ...Continue Reading

Infographic on Workplace Discrimination and Its Negative Consequences

Please check out this great infographic on the costs of workplace discrimination, from Compliance And Safety. This site has other great infographics about workplace safety topics. Featured By: Compliance and Safety   ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: Plan Your First 90 Days

Job Search Basic: Plan Your First 90 Days

Confidence is really attractive in a job candidate. Not arrogance or the assumption that you have the job already. I mean a quiet confidence that you can do the job, you know how to approach its responsibilities, and you’ll deliver on your promises. The tricky part is how to convey confidence when you are nervous... ...Continue Reading
How Micromanaging Hurts Everyone

How Micromanaging Hurts Everyone

My clients complain about micromanaging bosses more than any other problem. Micro-managers disempower, annoy and anger their staff. They send  a message “I don’t trust you.” And they make it impossible for people to do their best work. People stop caring to do a good job because it will never be good enough for a... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare for a Promotion

How to Prepare for a Promotion

  To get a promotion, act as if you already hold the higher position. It’s an age-old adage: you get the job title after you already are doing the job. I experienced this early in my career. I was Assistant to the Director of a department at a large non-profit. I wanted the title of... ...Continue Reading

Know Your Personality for a Good Culture Fit at Work

Personality tests. That phrase can drive people crazy. Especially since more companies are asking candidates to take them as part of the interview process. “Those tests don’t really tell you anything.” “I hate taking tests!” “Why do they want to know my personality?” “What are the right answers?” The reality is that these assessment mechanisms... ...Continue Reading

Be Happy at Work: How to Identify the Culture in a Potential Employer

Micro-managing bosses.  Back-stabbing colleagues. Unrealistic performance expectations. Favoritism. Unprofessional behavior.  Unfair, capricious practices.  Lack of respect for expertise. These are some of the reasons people want to leave jobs.  And these are a reflection of a company’s culture. In fact, bad fit with organizational culture is one of the key factors in someone’s decision to... ...Continue Reading

Always Be Winning: Using Negotiation Skills at Work

Negotiation happens all the time at work. Using principles from such negotiating masters as William Ury (Getting Past No and Getting to Yes), we can be more effective at work. My client S. is a hospital Director of Marketing who is responsible for projects that depend on other people to do things. One example is a Physician... ...Continue Reading

How Questions Can Reduce Frustration at Work

A number of people have come to me talking about difficult work environments, and asking for help with coping strategies. The first thing I do is ask them to explain what’s going on. This usually involves some venting of emotions (the topic I addressed yesterday), along with the explanation of certain facts. As Dawn and... ...Continue Reading

How to Get Promoted at Work

The single piece of advice I give to people who want to get promoted is “do the job you currently have extremely well.” When you show that you take your current work seriously, you inspire confidence that you can handle more. Rather than scorning your position, you embrace it. You do it wholeheartedly. And you... ...Continue Reading

Great Leaders Use Active Listening

Active listening is one of the most valuable tools in a leader’s toolbox. Active listening is when one elicits content from another person, gaining their information, skills, perspective, opinion, emotion. Active listening empowers other people, making them feel valued – as in fact they are by a leader who employs the skill of active listening.... ...Continue Reading