Building your own brand of success: Helping your boss succeed is an important first step
Success in the marketplace is what your company wants. How does the company president show that this success is a goal?
Overcoming bullying in the workplace
She’s amazingly insightful for her years. I’m talking about my niece Paige. Her experience with a grade-school bully and how well she handled it came back to me when I was browbeaten recently at work — yup, at work. More on Paige later.
Low-cost ways to boost job satisfaction You can tap a local school for the expertise you need
If you look at research studies and books on success, a key finding will emerge: More is not always better. The business world in which you operate is relentlessly demanding.
The value of managing your emotions: Do you control your feelings or do they control you?
We carry them with us every day. Whether sweet or sour, everyone we encounter has them, and no, it’s not their favorite drink or snack. It’s our emotions, and although we may not think about it, they’re with us wherever we go, including at work.
How to handle the dysfunctional boss: Tips on keeping the workplace happy and productive
“This land is your land, this land is my land … ” Remember those Woody Guthrie lyrics sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary and, most recently, by Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl?
Those fateful first three seconds: How to enhance the impression you leave on others
His text message was brief. Would I be able to meet for coffee in an hour to give him input for his upcoming job interview? Perfect planning — my last call of the day was finished, and I was available.
Procrastination masks other problems: don’t put off finding and dealing with them
What started as a gorgeous, sunny day had evolved into gloomy, stormy mayhem — lightning and hail included. Equally distressing was that activity at work had taken a similar, unsettled direction; there was a disturbance in the force.
Difficulty managing ‘troublesome’ millennials?’ You can hire a consultant or become your own ‘expert’
Have you ever started a project and then had events pull you in a different direction? That has been my experience this month.
Is all the political negativity affecting your people? It is and you should be prepared to deal with it
The political primaries go on and on, as do the press conferences, even though the debates have waned.
The ‘vision thing’: You should have one and make sure everyone is on board with it
Senior managers are responsible for many things, none of which is more important than developing a vision for the organization’s future and keeping it current.
The trick of doing deals over drinks: Use your head when bending an elbow
If there’s a long line anywhere, most of us avoid it. Yes, I am readily raising my hand as an accomplished long-line avoider, but there are a few places where long lines are the norm and everyone seems fine with it.
An end-of-the-year smorgasbord of ideas that will make you a savvier captain in 2016
During the year I work with a number of organizations and I am a hungry reader, alert to new ideas. I periodically jot them down in my business journal and identify ways I might use them.
Passion, energy and the other traits needed for entrepreneurial success
There’s a great little breakfast joint near downtown where I meet a friend every few months to catch up. At our last breakfast he was fuming. No, they didn’t burn his bacon (he orders it nearly burnt, anyway). He was burning about something else — his job.
Mentoring inside builds a business; doing so outside lifts a community
During the summer I got calls from two organizations. Both were considering a mentoring program.
Don’t let others defeat you; learn to navigate office politics
Three, two, one — it’s Monday morning again! The weekend was too short, your list of chores was too long and your alarm is buzzing you out of delicious, deep-sleep oblivion, driving you into another workweek.
Conflict in your group? Root out these habits
Attending a business conference can be a lot like watching planned pandemonium. Hordes of humanity with their heads down, checking cellphones and exploring lists of breakout sessions — or heads up, happily greeting colleagues.