Thanks to Quora.com, someone asked how you promote personal development within an organization. I don’t know the questioner’s rank in their organization, but I suspect they are more of a minion than the Felonious Gru… which of course gives them all the more credibility in my eyes. Here’s my answer: People grow. This happens naturally, […]Read More The ABC of XYZ
Managers are challenged every day to make sure they have the right person in the right job. Job descriptions, position requirements, and requisition procedures are supposed to make the process easier, but they rarely ask the real question: Is this person the right fit for us – and are we the right fit for them? […]Read More Will this Job Fit You?
I did executive career counseling long before ‘You’re fired!” became a meme. That’s how I got to thinking about how end of a job is similar to the end of life. Having made this connection, three guiding principles came into focus. They are: Maintain a ‘least restrictive’ environment. This means allowing the dying person the latitude to do what they need or want to […]Read More Three Rules for Firing People
I get accused of making pronouncements a lot, but I’m okay with that, because the accusation is so often followed by a plaintive sigh, quickly followed by ‘if I had only done what you said…’ Then I get told a sad, and thoroughly unnecessary, tale of miscommunication, misdirection, and just plain misery. That’s the frustrating […]Read More The Ten Commandments of Coaching
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?
Someone asked me today to write about managing change. I know it’s a popular topic but when he said it, it sounded so absurd to me. Manage change? The very nature of change is that it’s unpredictable. I think he was questioning how to manage your reaction to change: what you do when change happens, […]Read More You Can’t Change Change
Ok, not all of them. Just the ones that ask for characteristics that don’t co-exist in normal human beings. Many years ago, I spoke at a conference and got a great question. (This was rare at the time.) It was from from a man who hired sales people. He wanted to know if he really […]Read More Eulogy for Job Descriptions