Best Practices

The Amazon Debate: Maybe the Real Problem Is You, Not Them

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So, the media/opinion machine news cycle has just about run its course on Amazon. The initial story from The New York Times pretty much said that Amazon was EVIL! For two days we got to listen to comments and opinions about how awful Amazon is. The folks at Walmart were happy for a few…

The Tide is Turning – the Old Ways of Managing a Workforce Are Evolving

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These were recent headlines that came across my news feed: Would You Give Staff a Three-Day Weekend? Global Retailer Uniqlo is Giving it a Go Facebook Co-founder Calls Out Tech Industry for Lack of Work-Life Balance How Working Long Hours is Hitting Your Health How Companies Are Changing Old Ways to Attract Young…

The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” — President Ronald Reagan As a leader, you know you…

Four Reasons Why You and Your Employees Should Be Napping on the Job

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Following on Derek Irvine’s’s post yesterday about renewing energy at work, I couldn’t resist sharing more on napping (and not just because my husband says napping is my favorite hobby). August is National Napping Month, surely a bizarre unofficial holiday, but an excellent opportunity to explain the value of naps to worker output…

The Most Important Thing: Don’t Just DO Work, Learn How to Deal With It

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Busy is a choice. Through my work, I talk to many people (executives, mid-level managers, and individuals) at many different companies, and the one issue that seems epidemic is that people are all too busy. I’ve done webinars on Negotiating Your Workload, and Ruthless Priorities & Guilt to help people take more control over their time,…

A Dozen Reasons The Netflix Maternity Leave Benefit May Be A Bad Idea

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Adding extraordinary benefits appears on the surface to be a generous move. I certainly support the practice, but corporate leaders need to realize that these extraordinary benefits can also, unfortunately, have many unintended negative consequences. There is a saying that “no good deed goes unpunished,” and if HR leaders do not precisely manage…

Waiting Tables, and Other Smart Things That Wise Leaders Do

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When the hedge fund Starboard Value took over the board of Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden, Starboard’s CEO and Chairman Jeff Smith got to work. He waited tables and worked in the kitchen. All of Starboard’s new directors sitting on Darden’s board were required to do the same. They not…