Shower Guilt + Red Bull Binges = Work-Life Balance Problem

It’s birthday eve for me. My tradition for the past few years has been to use today as a personal new years eve of sorts. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on what’s occurred in the last year. I’ll list out milestones, lessons learned, people I’m grateful for. I also pick some areas I need to improve on in the …

Right Now on Tremendous Upside: 3 Tips For Handling Conflict at Work

I’m over at a Tremendous Upside today giving 3 tips you can use to make your work conflicts less awful and more productive. The full, original post can be found in the link below. Here’s how it starts: Think of the last time you had an argument with someone at work. Sucked, right? No one likes conflict, which is why so …

MONEYBALL: Coaching Cagey Employees

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’ve been writing for the next module in our leadership development series. This module is on coaching – specifically the different types of coaching that managers of people should be doing all the time. Most managers don’t coach nearly as often as they should. The best coaches are doing their thing frequently and consistently. One big reason managers don’t …

Very Superstitious: 5 Myths, Legends, and Lies of Psychology

I’m in writing mode here at Kinetix HQ for our leadership development series. That means I’ve been securely fastened to my keyboard with a steady stream of caffeine and tunes for a while. It’s not a bad place to be, either. When it comes to caffeine, I’m pretty straightforward. Give me a nicely-sized americano and I’m happy as a clam …

Ever OK For Managers To Yell? The Results Are In

Last week, I asked you to weigh in on a discussion about whether or not it’s ever OK for managers to yell. We left instances where safety or well-being was at risk out of the discussion. I refrained from sharing because I wanted to hear what you all had to say. Your opinions came in through comments to the post, twitter, …

Managers Want To Coach, So What’s Stopping Them?

And that’s not just based on anecdotal experience. A new study asks managers about their leadership preferences: Managers want to coach. Over on HBR’s Blog Network this morning, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman posted some results of a new study on coaching attributes and perspectives. You can take the assessment here if you’re interested. Their study compares managers’ preference more traditional, directive leadership or leading …

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POLL: Is It Ever OK For A Manager to Yell?

I took my pups to the dog park yesterday. While the pooches play, the owners chat. I was chatting with a new bunch, partaking in the normal pleasantries about our work. When I mentioned what I do, someone asked what I thought about something that had happened on Monday afternoon — the boss lost his cool and started yelling. It was directed at multiple …

Over At FOT: The Tale of Kitty Clark And Some Brand Spankin’ New Research

I’m over at FOT this morning talking about the legendary tale of Kitty Clark.  Use your imagination to picture her. Long straggly, dirty blond hair, gum chewing, ripped bell bottom jeans, flannel shirts, usually bare footed, trash-talking 8th grader. Even the teachers feared her. She never went to her classes. She was always roaming the halls looking for trouble. A smoker …

Mismatched Performance Management, Training, Comp, + Culture Matter, Comcast

I hate calling the cable company. Nothing is ever handled in less than a 60 minute phone call, you always end up in a battle royale with the automated system, you end up repeating your issue no less that 49 times, and after all that they put you on hold for 9 minutes and then the call gets dropped. I’m not …