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, …

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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 …

Some Things Can’t Be Unseen

Have you ever accidentally seen something you were never supposed to see? And it really wasn’t that extraordinary but you still can’t unsee it? That happened to me this morning on my way into the office. Picture it: You’re on my way into the office this morning when you’re passed by another car. You notice it happens to be the car of an acquaintance, so …

YOU’VE GOT THE POWER: Your Employees Don’t Act Always Like Themselves With You

Quick question: Have you ever modified your behavior based on who you were with? Of course you have. One of the many lessons you learned as a kid was that certain situations and people call for a certain set of manners and behaviors. You learned that the way that you spoke with close friends wasn’t necessarily the same way to speak …

Extraverts May Win The Battle, But Neurotics Win The War

This week, we’re digging into the filming for the first two modules of our leadership development series. I’ve been manning our bootstrapped teleprompter so this has pretty much been my position for the last day or so: So far, most of our filming is for the first module  – Pop the Hood – covers the use of personality assessments to build …

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No, I Don’t Organize Closets For A Living… But I Like The Way You Think

A couple of weeks ago Adam Grant (who is a total research rock star in my book) wrote Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I’m Not over at the Huffington Post. Here’s a snippet: “When they think of psychology, they picture Sigmund Freud lying on a couch telling them they failed a driving test because they failed to kill their fathers and sleep with …

The DOs and DON’Ts of Requesting & Receiving Feedback

Manager feedback is one of our best options for personal and professional development. The problem is that feedback makes most of us anxious because there’s always a real chance that the feedback going to sting. We want the companies we work for to invest in our growth, but too many of us let our feedback phobia get in the way of our development. …

3 Ways to Avoid Punching “That Guy” In The Throat This Week

Some people just rub us the wrong way. It’s not necessarily that they’ve done anything that’s truly offended or upset you, but their general presence just get on your nerves. Maybe they’re that person in the meeting that *always* makes it last longer than necessary because they just want to pontificate among colleagues. Don’t they see that no one is …

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TIP: Ask One Question

My dad is a big believer in the value of leadership development and executive coaching. He, like a lot of folks, took the stuff he learned during coaching home (my brother and I may or may not have been as enthusiastic about this spillover as he was….). A lot of things he learned stuck, but one thing… one question, actually… really stuck with him: …