Category Archive: Managing

Solution Saturday: Swimming in Dangerous Waters

Dear Dan, I am new to a leadership position and am learning a lot from you. I have managers above me and find it hard to manage. Is there a way you could… Continue reading

7 Do’s and Don’ts for Getting the Most From the Smartest People in the Building

Isolated leaders are the dumbest people in the building. A nameplate on the door and a title after your name doesn’t make you smarter than people with dirt under their fingernails. Disconnected leaders – seduced… Continue reading

Playing in the Gap

During a recent presentation, I asked participants to write the top five qualities of a great supervisor on sticky notes. One quality per note. Debrief: I asked, “What do you have on the… Continue reading

5 Questions to Re-Energize a De-Energized Team

  High energy organization are led by skilled management teams. 5 questions to re-energized a de-energized team: #1. Where is the complexity*? Complexity is the result of taking the path of least resistance.… Continue reading

Don’t Make Enemies of People You Depend On

Organizational life often feels like being bossed around by people who don’t get it. Leaders are well served to remember that organizations run on the backs of front-line managers. Don’t make enemies of… Continue reading

You Work too Hard – Just Show Up

You’re working way too hard. “80% of success is just showing up.” Woody Allen Show up by wandering around. 4 reasons to wander around: You get smarter. The people around you know more… Continue reading