New Manager: Woohoo, I Got the Promotion, Now What?

September 23, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Have you been promoted into (or accepted) your first ever management role? Have you found that you might need a little bit of help to transition smoothly, but, and you knew that a ‘but’ was coming, if you ask your boss for training or coaching you fear you’ll either look (read on...)



Managing Conflict in the Workplace: Just Draw a Circle

August 19, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

A friend of mine once asked me to draw a circle on a chalkboard. The circle was to represent all knowledge – everything known and unknown. The chalk squeaked loudly as I drew the largest circle I could. “Now,” he told me, “draw another circle inside that one that (read on...)

Manage Relations, Not People

August 14, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

There’s a place for the term, “manager”, but I don’t like what it’s come to mean. “To manage” has come to mean being responsible for processes, schedules, inventory, projects and people. One can manage most anything, but we should not be managing (read on...)

How Do You Fire a Founder?

June 24, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

One of the founders of a company is also the head of business development. While this individual works long hours, he has no prior experience and no track record in business development. Over the last two years he has generated only a fraction of his salary in new or additional business. This (read on...)

Pros and Cons of Open Door Policy in a Workplace

May 26, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

In a company, open communication is one of the keys to success. When people are able to express their wants and needs this makes for an even playing field. However, in terms of an open door policy, some businesses may find that there are some pros and cons to this arrangement that should be taken (read on...)

Six Sigma and Its Use in Human Resources (HRD)

April 12, 2011 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Not often do you hear the words ‘six sigma process’ in relation to the human resources department! Although traditionally used within the manufacturing realm, this business philosophy can greatly impact the HR office. Within the workplace, there are various people who can make a (read on...)

Performance Feedback: How to Stick the Landing

December 30, 2010 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Giving feedback is like giving a person a snapshot of himself. The first thing you do when you look at a picture of yourself is to pick it apart. You want the picture to be a good one, accurate and flattering. You want a “good hair day”. You want to improve the picture in any way you (read on...)

Let Her Do Her Job!

December 30, 2010 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

If you have any hope for sanity in running your business or department, read this article and implement it. If you want to continue to be overworked, underpaid and resentful of those who work for you who sneak out the door at 5:01 pm while you burn the midnight oil, then ignore this message at (read on...)

Writing a Quick, Impactful Performance Review

December 30, 2010 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Performance reviews are some of the most dreaded times for every manager. They can be raving successes or miserable failures depending on how they are delivered and how open the person is to receiving feedback. The two key steps to starting off on the right foot are to: 1. Write a concise and (read on...)

Training Courses That Managers Would Really Benefit From

December 17, 2010 by  | Leave a Comment Filed under: Management 

Business practices are changing all the time. From better ways to produce something or perform certain tasks, the members of a work force need occasional training courses to ensure that their methods are up to date. Managers are responsible for all sorts of aspects of a business or company, so it (read on...)

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