Take the Anxiety out of Performance Reviews

  Mention performance reviews in any office and you’ll get a litany of horror stories. Furious workers blind-sided with surprise criticism. Unfair appraisals tied to raises. Bosses giving everyone the same results to keep the peace. From the employee: Anger. Frustration. Anxiety. From the boss: Hesitation. Delay. Anxiety. And yet, the calls from the HR…

Does Delegating Make You Anxious? You’re Not Alone

  Delegating is hard for many of us. We wait until we’re overwhelmed … and then we “dump” the mundane things that take the least explanation … or things that are already late. And in our haste, we give them to the nearest body, rather than stopping to really consider who has the right skills…

Are You Prepared to Lose Your Frustrated Employees?

“That’s just the way it is.” Ever said those words to an employee? A friend recently admitted she’s started looking for a new job. She’s been with her company for a little over a year. She loves what she’s doing, has a strong work ethic and takes great pride in her work. Because the organization…

6 Tactics For Handling the Meeting Monopolizer

  Help! Someone has hijacked your meeting! You did everything right: A well-crafted agenda … a carefully considered invite list … you started right on time …. And now, one of the meeting participants is off on a wild tangent, repeating his point over and over and over, with no signs of slowing (or stopping…

Why You Should Care if You’re a Likable Boss

  How much does it really matter if your employees like you? Is there a correlation between results and how well employees like their bosses? “Most people assume it is possible to be an effective leader without being likable,” writes forbes.com. But the reality is that likability and leadership effectiveness are tied together. Forbes writer…

6 Steps to Getting Employees to Take Ownership

  Are your employees doing the minimum required to get the job done? Or, do they own the work, their projects, the outcome? Are they on the lookout to do things better, faster, cheaper? The employee who takes ownership goes beyond what is required. You would trust that person to not just complete the task…

Are You a Micromanager? How to Let Go

Most micromanagers are not the overbearing, control freak egomaniacs we envision when we hear this word. They’re well-meaning, bright people with high standards—people who care a lot about getting things done right. Many of us have had an experience of being micromanaged—a boss hovering, never quite happy with the work you’re doing, questioning every decision…