Bad-business Practices

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…

The Lessons Of Custer: 5 Things To Consider On Bad Management Day

Editor’s Note: As I wind down as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m leaving in April — I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite TLNT posts. Here’s one from June 2012. Once upon a time, I made the case we should celebrate June 25 as “Bad Management Day,” a day when we reflect on…

The Untouchables: Why You Should Stop Coddling Bad Employees

Are you one of those companies that would rather preserve everyone than let them go? Right now, I know of at least one organization where  — despite lackluster performance, poor behavior, and the disbanding of their team of direct reports — a leader is being salvaged beyond their time because no one has…

No Workplace Policy Can Prevent People From Doing Something Really Stupid

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. By Eric B. Meyer On Martin Luther King Day, I performed community service with a few of my co-workers and my 4-year-old son. We went to a local center and spent a few hours making peanut butter…

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…

The Real Problem With Crappy, Mediocre Managers

Incompetence is contagious within companies — and it spreads like wildfire. Incompetence can originate from anywhere, but mediocre managers are like matches for lighting a veritable forest fire of incompetency inside the organization. They create a ceiling that can stunt the growth of your organization, and everyone in it. This idea is not…

5 Things Managers Do That Just Kill Employee Engagement

Over 2 million people quit their job each month, and the No. 1 reason is the quality of the relationship they have with their direct supervisor. It stands to reason, as managers are more likely to have daily interactions with employees, and they are usually the benchmark employees use to judge a company’s culture. However, only 32 percent…

How Smart Leaders Can Arrive at Really Dumb Decisions

Ever find yourself in an organization or on a team that’s struggling because of a leader’s poor decision? You sit back and reflect on the leader personally and wonder why a savvy, experienced, and ordinarily capable person could make such a dumb decision — one that wrecks a project or destroys the morale…

The Lessons of Custer: Five Things to Consider on “Bad Management Day”

Once upon a time, I made the case we should celebrate June 25 as “Bad Management Day,” a day when we reflect on all the terrible management decisions made by the many overpaid egomaniacs who wouldn’t know what management was if it walked up and bit ’em Why June 25? It’s because June…

Your Talent Is Your Brand, So Why Do So Many Treat Talent So Badly?

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. A friend of mine posted this blurb on Facebook from an audio book he was listening to (note: I don’t know the name of said audio book): Numerous studies have shown us that those given authority…

Here’s Why Most Managers Really Suck

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 incompetence. The idea is that people are promoted to management positions because they’ve proven to be successful at the core function of their current job,…

Talent Management Gone Wrong: When It’s All’s Well That Ends Well

In May, I wrote about a young man who had been identified by a Fortune 100 firm as a high potential and placed into a leadership development program to prepare for the possibility of promotion into the executive ranks. In September, I updated the story to what I thought would be a sad…

How Can Bad Leadership Produce Good Results?

A few months ago, I stopped freelancing and dove head first into a regular, full-time position with benefits. I was happy about the offer and looked forward to being part of a team, gaining additional HR experience, and earning a more steady income. Now, as I leave the worst job I’ve ever had,…