Another week, another crop of downsizings, and with few notable exceptions, HR people are telling me how they’re choosing the leaders over the non-leaders as the keepers. And I’m groaning inside. Has anyone figured out how companies run when everyone’s a leader? For one thing, no one’s willing to make the coffee. For another, the […]Read More First, Fire the Leaders
The economy might, on average, be improving, but if you – or someone you love – worked in a factory that closed, the odds are, their personal economy is worse. Maybe even a lot worse. It’s easy to blame it on politics and trade agreements, but let’s talk about what business owners can do to […]Read More Back to Work!
Now, I’m not knocking charisma. It’s useful and people tend to be attracted to it. And, from the leader’s perspective, it’s kind of easy. You just show up. Problem is, that approach only works for the already-successful, guru-ninja-rockstar leader. The rest of us need to do our homework before that big day arrives. So here’s […]Read More Leadership Presence is More than Just Being There
Although I’ve had pretty much of a management life (which is unavoidable when you keep starting companies) when Labor Day rolls around, I get flashbacks to the time I walked more than a few picket lines. And, when I hear that the number of people carrying union cards is dropping in the US, I’m disturbed […]Read More Celebrate Labor Day, Then Get to Work
Ok I’ll admit it: I like power. I like to have it, I like to exercise it, I like it a whole lot. And I even like the responsibility that comes with it. Sometimes it gets me places I didn’t think I’d ever be going. Like having to advise someone to fire someone. Sort of. […]Read More How to Fire Someone
Ask any manager about their least favorite tasks, and more than likely they’ll put performance evaluations at or near the top of the list. Why? Lots of reasons, not the least of which is the assumption that you need to find something deficient in each staff member and come up with a brilliant idea for […]Read More Three Questions for Performance Management
A lot has been written about the complexities of executive onboarding, generally giving a calendar of a few months duration to fully get with the program. Executives, one might infer from this, are hothouse flowers requiring judicious amounts of care and feeding lest they wilt before their time. Or worse. I don’t buy it. Really, […]Read More Onboarding: The First Seven Days