No one *needs* to be a leader. And even less so if your main job is to get your people to actually accomplish something, in which case, you are a manager. Here’s how to be a great manager: Figure out the best way to get where you’re supposed to go. Figure out the tasks that […]Read More Does Every Manager Need to be a Leader?
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
I answer a lot of questions on Quora. I just like the ‘economy’ of it. One person asks, many people answer, a learning community takes shape. And in the course of answering a question, sometimes the most important learning is what the answerer learns through the act of answering. This is a recent question someone […]Read More The Choice of Leadership
I was looking through some old items I kept from the first blog series I ever wrote, not in search of anything relevant to today, but more as a reality check on what life was like then. And this one from just a bit more than ten years ago jumped out at me since, although […]Read More “WE BELIEVED HIM, AND HE LIED.”
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
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
There are five pillars of love. I’ve written about them before, although I didn’t call them that until I realized that these are universal and apply to every situation in life where you care for at least one other human being. Which, in my not-so-humble opinion includes the job of management. In brief, here they […]Read More Managing Love