Timely Management Tip: Learning From Your Mistakes

THE ISSUE: In life, we will all make mistakes because no one is perfect. The trick is NOT to let it derail you or devastate your self-confidence. Some people are so careful not to make mistakes that they become frozen when confronted with a big decision. Others make the mistake of not pushing themselves far enough to learn and grow professionally. THE SOLUTION: Rather than […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Managing Your Boss

THE PROBLEM: A boss can make your work life rewarding or they can make it a reoccurring nightmare. You can exercise some degree of control over the outcome by effectively managing up. Unfortunately, the idea of “managing up” often has negative or political connotations but this doesn’t have to be the case. THE SOLUTION: By treating your boss as a partner in your success, you […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Change Your Brain, Change Yourself!

THE CHALLENGE: Our past experiences create habitual patterns in the brain, which makes it easier for us to make decisions or accomplish tasks automatically, without conscious thought.  Unfortunately, this can also lead to decisions that do NOT produce effective results. Our brain naturally gets lazy if NOT challenged to do things differently or more intentionally. The brain routinely “cleans house” by pruning the connections that […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: The Art of Influence

The Challenge: In today’s workplace, the key to being a successful leader is influence, not authority. You must exert influence to deliver consistent results because authority can only take you so far. So how do they differ? Authority is awarded based on your job title and responsibilities. Influence occurs when you have the ability or capacity to impact others’ thoughts, feelings and actions. Influence is […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Managing Emotions at Work

  The Challenge: As human beings we are all susceptible to our emotional reactions – good and bad. As a manager and leader of others, your emotions can affect your staff and colleagues. Positive emotions have the unique ability of energizing those around us, while negative ones can mute our ability to respond to obstacles and adversity. Why It Happens: We are social beings who […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Leveraging Individual Differences

The Challenge: Demographic trends indicate that by 2020 a diverse workplace will be the norm, not the exception. You will be working with people representing different cultures, as well as ethnic and racial groups, not to mention generational differences. Recognizing and leveraging individual differences will be critically important if you want to create a culture that accepts and leverages the collective assets of its employees. […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Having Sensitive Conversations

The Problem: Talking about sensitive subjects is intimidating to many people so they have a tendency to avoid them, particularly in the workplace. By leaving important information unsaid you can jeopardize not only your effectiveness but also that of your colleagues, and direct reports. The Reason: Sensitive subjects are sensitive for a reason! Topics that can provoke strong emotional reactions {i.e., anger, anxiety, and disappointment} […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: The ROI of “Why?”

Companies often explain who they are, what they do, and how they do it but rarely answer “why” they exist. Thanks to author/consultant Simon Sinek many companies are now focusing on this central question to define their core purpose and potentially reinvent themselves. The same can be said for managers and other leaders. Why do you do what you do? When was the last time […] Read more »

Timely Management Tips: The one thing every leader needs!

Great leaders all have one thing in common – they have CREDIBILITY! What this means in practice is that people trust and respect individuals who possess personal credibility. So how is your credibility? Do you walk your talk? Do you do what you say you will do? Your actions will tell people what they can expect from you. If you always follow through on your […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Hit the Pause Button

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to assess where you are with your life. One’s satisfaction with life comes from many sources: family, friends, colleagues, faith, hobbies, and even the community you live in. But the most important source is YOU! You have the power to decide whether you are grateful and optimistic about life or just going through the motions. […] Read more »