Category Archive: Managing

How to Navigate Collisions Between Leaders and Managers

Leaders change things. Managers stabilize things. Stagnant organizations need leadership. Chaotic organizations need management. Tension: Tension between change agents and stabilizers is inevitable, dynamic, potentially dangerous, and often useful. Ask people who love… Continue reading

How to Stop Writing so Many Policies

Fear drives excessive policy-making. But policies don’t ignite passion. Excessive policy-making hobbles employees and hinders organizations. Policies are written for protection and often explain what shouldn’t or can’t be done.  Remarkable organizations are… Continue reading

Dear Dan: How Do You Get Lousy Managers to Listen

Dear Dan, I am an attorney. I have a client involved in a worker’s comp claim against the County. This is a small rural county. The claim arose because the man works in… Continue reading

You’re Not a Control Freak if …

You’re not a control freak if you send back a rare steak when you ordered medium. #1. You’re not a control freak if you have high standards for yourself and others. But you’re… Continue reading

7 Questions Control Freaks Should Start Asking Today

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Control freak. Now you say, “Control freak who?” Raise the hand of the person beside you, if you’re a control freak. You might be a control freak if: You… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Help People Who Work for a Control Freak

Dear Dan, How do we help people who work for, or are recovering from working for, a control freak? Many of our leaders have controlling impulses, which has helped them get to their… Continue reading