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 …

Managers: Employee Participation in Goal Setting May Not Be What You Think

Employee participation in goal-setting occurs when the manager directly involves the employee in the defining and setting of their own goals. It has long been shown to impact goal achievement by impacting an employee’s commitment to and perceived importance of their goals. Participation is linked to employee satisfaction, performance, and engagement—things all good managers want.  Here’s the reality about employee …

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. …

Play on playa: The Case to ‘Hire Former Jocks’ Just Got Stronger *New Research*

Whenever someone says “hire former jocks”, there’s a divide — pro-jocks and anti-jocks. I know a lot of anti-jocks. They saw athletes that slept through classes, engaged in serial tomfoolery, and pinned the non-jocks against the lockers. They had all the glory, the girls/guys, and teachers that were willing to fudge the grades to ensure a seat during the state playoffs.  A real bunch …

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Innovate Like A Boss: 4 Things To Remember

I read this post yesterday from Chris Ponder II over at Performance I Create that got me thinking about innovation — I think we’re losing sight of what it means and how to get there because “innovation” is such a buzzword these days. Here’s my short list of things to remember if we want to drive innovation in our teams: #1 – If you’re going to define a goal or competency solely around “innovation,” do so …

Fire Anyone With A Bad Attitude

A friend recently sent me a link to a reddit discussion board with the following heading:  “Managers of reddit, how do you handle a staff that is overwhelmingly negative? (self.AskReddit)  submitted 1 year ago  I am a new manager in an organization in Baltimore, and these people make me want to jump out of my window. Superbowl or not, these people are …