Archive for managingateam SmartBlogs

Ahh, spring! The changing season brings fresh growth, bright colors and baby foxes and deer to our Rocky Mountain meadows — and major golf tournaments to our television screens.

I played golf for years. For the first five years, I played it wrong. I was inconsistent as the dickens. Once I got serious, I hired a golf pro who helped me understand the physics of the golf swing and how to deliver the club head to the ball the proper way.[…] Continue Reading »

Last month, I worked with a manager who was eager to develop her staff, but was overwhelmed by her senior management’s charge to accelerate top performance with highly ambitious goals.

In her company, performance standards directed employees’ efforts to be “excellent,” “exceptional” and “outstanding.” Sound familiar? These targets were intended to be aspirational and inspirational. Yet, for her employees who were continually striving to grow new skills and increase competencies, these targets failed to even be motivational.[…] Continue Reading »

On the television show “The Office,” Steve Carell played a hilariously bad boss, whose total incompetence did nothing to undermine his belief that in his employees’ eyes, he was “World’s Best Boss” mug-worthy. It’s funny when it happens on TV. It’s not funny when it happens to you.

I’m not actually suggesting that your team thinks you’re an idiot.[…] Continue Reading »

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

If you enjoy this article, join SmartBrief’s e-mail list for our newsletters on small business and entrepreneurialism.[…] Continue Reading »

Leading others effectively is a balancing act. A leader is charged with getting work done through others while maintaining decorum and possibly even creating workplace inspiration at the same time!

In most organizations, the only metrics that are consistently measured, monitored and rewarded are performance numbers — projects completed on time, analysis and reports done, operating within budgeted parameters, profitability, etc.[…] Continue Reading »