Leadership

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 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…

What Hillary Clinton Can Teach Us About Leadership and Communication

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Full disclosure – there is absolutely no political agenda here. This is not about the right vs the left or which candidate is best – it’s about communication. Or lack thereof in this case. Every day on the news you hear the words “emails” and “private servers” when associated with Hillary Clinton. The reason…

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…

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,…