Archive for JoelGarfinkle SmartBlogs

In many workplaces today, there seems to be a reward for looking busy. The more overwhelmed you are, the bigger your payoff.

But what is the real payoff? If you’re a chronic rusher, a confirmed multitasker, what’s your reward? Perhaps more important, what is the quality of work you’re producing? And what, if anything, should you do about it?[…] Continue Reading »

You look at your calendar and realize it’s performance appraisal time. Dread sinks like a rock into the pit of your stomach. It’s a tossup as to who hates performance appraisals more—the giver or the receiver. So here’s a radical idea: ditch the performance appraisal altogether. Instead, make performance appraisal an ongoing activity, and focus on coaching and training rather than critique or criticism.[…] Continue Reading »

“So much to do, so little time.”

Sure, it’s a cliche, but it’s also a pretty accurate description of how many of us operate on a daily basis. We walk fast, talk fast, think fast. We multitask, answering e-mails while sitting in a staff meeting, making phone calls while we munch on a sandwich we don’t even taste.[…] Continue Reading »

Of course you’re already a good boss, or you wouldn’t be reading this article. You may even be a great boss. But how do you stay at the top of your game? You do it by modeling great boss behavior on a daily basis.

Of course, you don’t get up every morning, look at that face in the mirror, and proclaim, “I’m going to be a great boss today.” Instead, you spend a little time on introspection and make some key personal decisions.[…] Continue Reading »

“Empowerment” is one of those buzzwords that has almost lost its impact through years of indiscriminate use. It is, however, a valid management strategy. Let’s take a new look at this old, tried-and-true concept and see how you can make this the year you use empowerment to create a high-performance team.

At the core of empowerment is your willingness to trust your people to make the right decisions without running to you for permission.[…] Continue Reading »