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