Classic TLNT Archives

The Logical Lessons Managers Can Learn From Mr. Spock

Editor’s Note: As I wrap up my time as Editor of TLNT — today is my last day — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from February 2015. Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered. Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be…

The Secret To Business and Workplace Success? It’s Getting Stuff Done

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — Friday is my last day — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from April 2013.   Sometimes, the most complicated questions have the simplest answers. This can be a little hard to comprehend because…

The Office Dress Code Debate: How Would You Deal With Katy Perry?

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — this is my last week — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from September 2010.  Who would have thought that pop singer Katy Perry would have kicked open a debate about what…

Doing The Tough Stuff: What Managers Can Learn From (Gulp!) Kim Kardashian

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — this is my last week — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from November 2011. It’s troubling what passes for management wisdom these days, so I’ve learned to not be picky and…

How Much Does Job Experience Really Matter, Anyway?

Editor’s Note: As I wind up my stint as Editor of TLNT — I’m leaving in two weeks! — I wanted to share a few of my favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from October 2013.  I’ve hired and managed a lot of people, and I always considered the experience of the candidate when making hiring decisions. I…

Arguing With The Boss – And Living To Tell About It

Editor’s Note: As I wind up my stint as Editor of TLNT — I’m leaving the end of April — I wanted to share a few of my favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from July 2014.   Take it from me: Arguing with the boss is generally not a career enhancing experience. I know this because I have…

Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules Of Reference Checks

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of…

What Happens When You Promote And It Doesn’t Work?

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my time as Editor of TLNT — I’m leaving in a few weeks— I wanted to share some of my favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from August 2013.  What do you do when you promote someone in your organization and it just doesn’t work out? I’m not talking about…

The New Rules Of Work? They’re A Waste Of Time In The Real World

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. I’m usually a big fan of Fast Company articles, but one recently seemed like the biggest contrived piece of new-aged garbage, and I just had to share! The article has a great premise: These Are The New Rules of…

What a Bad Boss Can Do To An Employee’s Health

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my time as Editor of TLNT — I’m leaving in April — I wanted to share some of my favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from October 2014.  Is the boss making people sick? It’s a question I saw posed in a recent Washington Post headline, and it’s one of those things that people…

Don Rumsfeld’s 8 Rules For Successful Meetings

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my time as Editor of TLNT — I’m leaving in April — I wanted to share a few of my favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from May 2013. Here’s a question I have heard repeated for years — does anyone out there actually like meetings? I ask because in the world of business…

Not Hiring Jerks Is A Workplace Trend I’m All In Favor Of

Editor’s Note: As I wind down as Editor of TLNT — I’m leaving next month— I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from October 2013. You know it and I know it, so it is hardly worth stating again, but there are a lot of jerks in this world. This…