Culture

How to Measure Culture and Prevent “Leadership Malpractice”

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In medicine, prescription before diagnosis is considered malpractice. This seems obvious, as any rational person would be horrified if a doctor prescribed treatment without first taking vitals, asking questions or running tests to determine the problem. This ready-fire-aim approach is presumptuous at best, and criminally negligent at worst. So, why do we expect…

Getting Inside the Mind of the Millennial Manager

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So your Millennials have their feet under the desk, and many of them may be moving into a managerial or leadership role. A recent study from the Pew Research Center showed that Millennials will surpass Baby Boomers and Gen X in the workplace this year. But how should you adapt as they climb…

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…

Culture Needs Strategy. Strategy Needs Culture. What Does Amazon Need?

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The media is scrutinizing Amazon, and for the usual media reasons — they are huge, successful, controversial and very, very different. They create a lot of jobs — nearly single-handedly redefining the Seattle I grew up in — and yet the jobs they create are as frightening to many outsiders as they are…

How Do You Handle a Stifling, Micro-Managing Manager?

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Have you ever worked for someone who couldn’t understand that you don’t need to have your hand held through each of your tasks? I have encountered this many times over. I get it as a parent can be with their child or a person with a spouse or boyfriend, because some leaders have…

The Powerful Impact of Networking and Relationships on the Job

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Summer is the season for company outings, like a company-wide trip to the amusement park or a community service event. These kind of outings are meant to create bonds with colleagues who usually don’t have the time or opportunity to meet or socialize. There are some who view these outings as an opportunity…

A Question From Both Apple and Amazon: Does a Workplace Have To Be Perfect?

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By Howard Mavity  I recently blogged about the debate on CEO and employee pay ratios. I urged employers to seize the high ground and decide what their attitude is as to their “responsibility” to their employees. I’m a pragmatist. I believe that in the long run, employers will prosper (and avoid the need…