Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

Manage better by releasing control

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
relaxcontrolNavigating an appropriate level of control can be a difficult balancing act as a new manager... Many new managers (and seasoned ones too!) try to control too much thinking that everything now depends upon them while others don't manage enough out of fear of being "accused" of being the dreaded micro-manager. I remember being worried as a new manager because I believed that being a manager meant that now EVERYTHING rested on my shoulders and it was a serious responsibility. I was no longer "just" responsible for my activity. I was responsible for    Read More

coaching is not for everyone

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

"Coaching may be popular but it's NOT for everyone"


As few as five to seven years ago, coaching was still primarily attributed to the world of sports.  Now, we see the term "coaching" applied in every genre - business, music, finances, entertainment, health, etc.   Anyone has at their disposal, the ability to apply coachable moments in the conduct of their work, but a qualified few can apply coaching concepts as a discipline and skill set specifically designed to generate effective results for their client or target audience. The beauty of coaching    Read More

secrets of successful managers

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

"Secrets of Successful Managers"

Successful managers are not perfect but they do get more done, get more out of their team and have better retention rates than their unsuccessful peers.  Because we are complex human beings, management success seldom boils down to a succinct list of traits so while not comprehensive, here are eight at the top that can definitely advance your success.
  • Are comfortable in their own skin
This is the one secret that we often see in successful managers that is seldom discussed.  Successful managers just seem to exude a confidence    Read More

coaching your promotees to success

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Promotion2 This post is inspired by Steve Tobak.  Back in July he wrote a post entitled Why That Big Promotion Can Be a Curse. Steve's post focused on failed CEO promotions in light of the BP debacle but it really got me to thinking about failed promotions at all levels of an organization and "why those little promotions can also be a curse".

In North American culture, we are taught from early ages to desire "status".  Early on    Read More

managers as leaders and leaders as managers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Mgtvleader Although leaders and managers have very distinct roles, there is little doubt that in today's business environment leaders must be willing to wear a management hat and managers would do well to incorporate leadership skills.  They are flip sides of a very complimentary coin.

If you are often confused on the distinctions between leaders managers, here are a few brought to you courtesy of Warren Bennis:

  • The manager asks how and when; the leaders asks what and why
  • The manager has an    Read More

leadership lessons from colin powell

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.  They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.  Either case is a failure of leadership."

Colinpowell How tuned in are you within your organization to the people you lead? 

How tuned in is your upper management team?

One of the greatest challenges in the corporate environment is the barrier to upward communication at the top levels of an organization (and all too often in the middle    Read More

leadership lessons from colin powell

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."

Colin powell leadershipGood leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions.  According to Colin Powell, it's inevitable if you're honorable

Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you'll avoid the tough decisions, you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted and you'll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset.

At    Read More

find your ideal client

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Yinyang The other day, a friend of mine and I were discussing the dating scene.  She was sharing some concerns about the gentleman she is currently dating.

Suddenly, it hit me.

Finding your ideal client is not vastly different than finding your ideal client.

The more clear you are about the type of client you want to work with, you can attract those clients to you and turn away those who don't fit the profile.

I know, I's a scary proposition..

But think of it    Read More

delegation: a key to success

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Delegating Any entrepreneur will tell you that there are always LOTS of things to be done as a small business owner.

Planning, forecasting, marketing, sales, hiring, managing, networking, networking, networking....


And THAT is only the tip of the iceberg of business responsibilities ----

It is crucial as a business owner that you not try to do everything yourself.  Remember that old saying about "jack of all trades, master of none?".   Delegate anything that you can delegate and contract out whatever you can afford to...

I'm not a    Read More