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We all like to complain about meetings. Meetings are a waste of time, boring, inefficient, run too long, nothing gets accomplished, etc., etc., etc. Complaining is easy, but never makes things better.
The solution to bad meetings? How about a day of meeting training? How about if we improve our meeting process? Maybe it’s the leader’s fault, and they need to learn how to run better meetings.[…] Continue Reading »
No one wants to work for a micromanager. Micromanagers are control freaks, always breathing down their employee’s, telling them how to do everything and inspecting every move they make.
Working for a micromanaging boss is one of the most frequently reported reasons employees hate their jobs or hate their bosses.
Employees that work for micromanagers probably wish their bosses would just disappear.[…] Continue Reading »
Early in the year, many leaders will take their teams “off-site” for a day or more. An off-site meeting can be a great way to develop strategy, get creative, develop a team, learn and re-invigorate a team. Of course, they can also be like a sentence in purgatory if not planned and run well.
There is plenty of advice on how to run effective meetings, but not enough on planning.[…] Continue Reading »
If you Google “gift ideas for your boss,” you will find pages of results, mostly from companies that sell gifts.
However, if you search “should I get a holiday gift for my boss,” the consensus answers seems to be “absolutely not!”
At least according to Miss Manners (Judith Martin), Emily Post, Ask a Manager (Alison Green), and the Evil HR Lady herself (Suzanne Lucas), all very credible workplace etiquette experts.[…] Continue Reading »
When I started in the field of leadership development (when gas was 89 cents a gallon), the model we used looking like this:
- When someone got promoted to team leader, supervisor, or manager, they were sent a memo (no e-mail yet) from HR informing them that they have been registered for a mandatory four-week supervisory training course.