One Of The Biggest Boss Fails? Not Setting Expectations

March 22, 2017

offer-442903_150I once had a boss tell me, “But you didn’t achieve my number one priority for what I wanted you to accomplish.” The problem? He never told me about this item.

During the time I had worked for him, I had provided a weekly update (hardcopy and electronic) on all my key projects and activities, but my boss had failed to share this additional goal.

As a manager, this is one of the fastest ways to lose respect from your employees: Failing to clearly define your expectations and priorities. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You’re Trying To Become Successful

March 8, 2017

person-801829_150You attended the party of a long-time friend and ran into a lot of people from high school that you hadn’t seen in years. During chit-chat over appetizers and drinks, you could feel the friendly competition heating up.

While comparing career accomplishments, you were shocked to learn that the kid from school with the genius IQ, the one all the teachers thought would be spectacularly successful, had struggled with his career. How could this be, you wondered. This was the person everyone thought would invent something that would change the world.

It turns out that intelligence might not be the best indicator of future success. According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent, instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls “grit.” Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways To Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day (Friday, March 3rd)

March 1, 2017

thank-you-490607_150During their careers, most employees will spend more time at work than they will in any other activity, except sleeping. This Friday, March 3rd is Employee Appreciation Day – a great time to show how much you appreciate all the hard work and loyalty of your team.

Wondering what you can do for your staff to thank them for all their efforts? Here are five ideas: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways To Be A More Likeable Employee

February 1, 2017

woman-690036_150Are you new at the office and trying to make friends? Or have you’ve worked at the same company for several years, yet are feeling like you still don’t fit in? Maybe it’s time to work on becoming a more likeable employee.

Here are five ways to up your friendly quotient at the office: Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s How To Take The Sting Out Of Receiving Criticism

January 18, 2017

iStock_000012340138Medium_150Receiving criticism can sometimes be a messy situation, especially when it’s unexpected, harsh or given when others are present.

You might feel shocked, angry or even embarrassed by the comments. But before getting defensive, try switching your mind-set and treating the feedback as a gift, rather than criticism. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Nervous About Providing Feedback? Try These 2 Little Tricks

January 11, 2017

women-1209678_150Many managers, especially introverts, tend to shy away from giving feedback to employees because they’re nervous about how the person will react. Others are worried because they aren’t sure how to give feedback in a way that’s helpful.

The two acronyms I like to use to help me remember how to provide feedback are “T.H.I.N.K.” and “S.M.A.R.T.” Before I give feedback, I usually say this phrase in my head several times: Think smart. Think smart. Think smart. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Good Boss? Test Yourself With These 5 Questions

January 4, 2017

workplace-1245776_150Think you’re good at managing people? Most managers, when asked, provide a glowing commentary of their stellar people management skills.

Yet research has demonstrated the opposite. A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults revealed that 50 percent had left their job to get away from their manager to improve their life at some point in their career.

Poor people management skills also negatively affect employee happiness and productivity, with managers accounting for up to 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Want to find out how good you are as a people manager? See how many of these five questions you can answer with “yes.” Read the rest of this entry »