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“The average person tells four lies a day, or 1,460 a year; a total of 87,600 by the age of 60. And the most common lie is ‘I’m fine.’” This quote appeared in a friend’s recent blog post and got me thinking.* Does the average manager tell four lies a day?
Much of corporate America has an unspoken doctrine of “business masks.” Act a certain way.[…] Continue Reading »
Diane is six months into her assignment as a midlevel manager in a large technology company. She was promoted to this position because of her previous “wild success” as a first-line manager, where she managed a team of engineers. She’s struggling in this new position, feeling ungrounded, overwhelmed and unable to lift herself up enough to see where her organization is heading.[…] Continue Reading »
It’s a term all too commonly used — discretionary effort. Some may even call it discretionary performance. Generally speaking, we understand enough to know that when it comes to employees delivering it, we want and need as much as we can get. But what truly is discretionary effort and why do so many leaders struggle to get more of it?[…] Continue Reading »
Management is your day job; leadership is your career.
Managers by nature are pragmatists; leaders are dreamers. Organizations need both types to survive. Managers are required to lead and leaders are expected to manage. It is a challenge to do both well. The higher one rises in an organization, the greater are the responsibilities.
Therefore, managers learn to delegate and in doing so free themselves to be more strategic and in the process develop the talents of others and grow the capacity of the organization to meet rising challenges.[…] Continue Reading »
You know those things that get done, and you really don’t know how they happen, until they don’t?
Or those employees you see only once or twice a year in performance reviews? When you look at the data, they are clearly getting their jobs done, but otherwise, they seem invisible.
Meet your secret workforce. You can always count on them.[…] Continue Reading »