Karlyn Borysenko

About the Author

Karlyn Borysenko is the Owner and Principal of Zen Workplace , a consultancy dedicated to fixing the “people problems” to help individuals achieve professional happiness and success, and organizations to drive productivity and results. She’s an MBA, is a dissertation away from completing her PhD in Organizational Psychology, and is a certified DiSC trainer. You can connect with Karlyn on Twitter at @KarlynMB.

Here’s How Do-It-Yourself Performance Management Works

Think about losing weight. You might have a small goal like 5 pounds, or a bigger goal like 50, either way, you start going to the gym and work out every day. You change your diet, giving up some of your favorite indulgences. A week goes by…you don’t lose any weight. Two weeks…nothing….

Five Ways to Be a Great Workplace Leader – Regardless of Your Title

Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the previous 12 months. We’re reposting each of the top 25 articles through January 2nd. This is No. 2 of 2016. You can find the complete list here. You may think of the “leaders” in your organization…

Five More Tips For Brand New Managers

Second of two parts If you’ve been promoted to a manager position, you now have people reporting directly to you. And, you’ll find that managing people for the first time can be a daunting task. Last week we gave you Five Tips for Brand New Managers, and now,here are five (5) more things to…

Five Tips For Brand New Managers

First of two parts So, you’ve been promoted to a manager position and have people reporting directly to you. But with great power comes great responsibility! No matter how successful you’ve been previously in your professional life, managing people for the first time can be a daunting task. With that in mind, here…

Why They Stay Or Why They Go: The Keys To Good Employee Retention

Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 10 of 2015. Our regular content will return on Jan. 4, 2016.  We know that it’s far cheaper to retain an employee than to replace them. But in order to understand how to retain, we first need to…

Here’s Why Most Managers Really Suck

Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 16 of 2015. Our regular content will return on Jan. 4, 2016.  If you’ve read any significant amount of literature on management, you’ve likely come across the Peter Principle – that people will get promoted to their own level of…

The 4 Big Things I Learned From the Worst Boss I Ever Had

I’m a firm believer that we can learn as much from the negative influences in our lives as we can from the positive, because it’s those negative experiences that make the impact of those behaviors real. It’s not theoretical, and it’s not something we just read in the Harvard Business Review. When we experience the impact of…

Why You Need to Choose Your Workplace Friends and Allies Wisely

I once heard a saying that the workplace isn’t like college. College is about doing well and getting ahead. Instead, the workplace is like high school – it’s all about who likes you and who doesn’t. When we’re thinking about human interaction in the workplace and how it impacts performance, that’s a pretty…

Mastering the Soft Skills: 5 Unspoken Rules Every Manager Should Know

There are unspoken rules that exist in the workplace that colleges don’t teach and HR rarely trains on, and those rules are a powerful influence of who advances and who does not. These are the “soft skills” that organizational leaders wish more of their managers and people understood. Here’s a crash course in…

Improving Performance: You Can Help Employees Without Going to a PIP

You have an employee that is not meeting performance expectations and you need them to either step up their game or move on. There are a few routes you can take. One is to engage in a proactive feedback and coaching strategy. An alternative is to go the official route and work with your…