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In the lifetime of any manager, there will be many difficult conversations. Whatever the reason — performance, behavior or bad news — it can be hard to know where to start in having that difficult talk with someone. Worse, when a situation arises, there isn’t always time to plan a strategy on how you’re going to tackle it.[…] Continue Reading »

The work needs to get done, and it needs to be done well.

So why aren’t your people doing that? Maybe you think you know. But ask yourself first:

  • What have I done to prepare them?
  • What haven’t I done?
  • Have I explained what needs to be done, and why? Have I explained how it needs to be done, and why?
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As far back as I can remember I’ve had a passion for food and for gatherings. I grew up in Boston making pepperoni sauce with my father every Sunday. In 1984, I very distinctly remember cooking steak tips, rice pilaf and salad with tomato roses for a high-school crush. By the time I graduated, I knew I wanted to be a chef.[…] Continue Reading »

So, the promotion finally came through. You’ve joined the management ranks. You’re excited, apprehensive, and itching to get started, all at the same time. Succeeding at getting that promotion is just the first step. Succeeding at being a good boss is another thing altogether.

You don’t just want to be a boss — you want to be a great boss.[…] Continue Reading »

Most managers are rationale, logical, practical problem solvers when they first get promoted. Then, through organizational conditioning, they learn to play silly games. They are like the frog in a pan of boiling water. The change is so gradual, these silly games eventually begin to feel like “real world management.”

How many of these silly management games do you play?[…] Continue Reading »