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The Secret Sauce of The Best Managers At Your Company

You’re familiar with The Best Places to Work lists that come out every year. Imagine a spin on that idea—designed to be administered inside your company—The Best People to Work For.  It would go a little something like this:  survey goes out to all employees asking them, anonymously, to identify who the best managers in your company are. Then they’d be asked to explain why they chose …

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The Leadership Skill Your Managers Are Missing: Compensation Fluency

For those of you at companies with matching fiscal and calendar years, the start of Q4 means performance review season and the accompanying compensation conversations and decisions we all dread. Embedded in most of the conversations going on in around compensation is fear and anxiety that someone is going to end of on the short end of the stick. For direct reports …

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Team Building Exercises That Don’t Suck

This isn’t about your company/team picnic. Get someone to fire up the barbie. Some one bring a kickball. Pack a first aide kit. Have a grand ole’ time.  I’m talking specifically about the types of events/activities that are forced on teams that are in need of a tune up. You know the kind I’m talking about… And if you’re anything like me, …

COACHING 101: Don’t Be A Vampire and Please Shut Up

Check out this clip from the Showtime series “House of Lies”: If you manager tries that hard to sell you on the value of their coaching — run. They’re not in it for you. They’re also probably not as evil as the blood sucking vampire in the clip above. Probably. Chances are their view of coaching is out of whack. Too many managers’ view of …

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 …

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 …

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 …