Category Archive: Managing

4 Ways to Overcome the Deadly Traps of Managing

76% of employees did not want their boss’s job. (HBR) Most American workers are not aiming for the corner office. Approximately one third (34 percent) of workers aspire to leadership positions, with only… Continue reading

4 Self-Limiting Statements You Must Stop Saying Today

#1. Stop saying, “I didn’t have time.” Everyone has enough time. Refusing to accept reality is belligerent insanity. Two reasons you say, “I didn’t have enough time.”: You over-estimate your talent and abilities.… Continue reading

The Future of Organizations According to the Wall Street Journal

The future of organizations depends on skillful, empowered middle-managers. (WSJ – subscription required.) Successful managers*: Motivate employees to act. Engage employees with purpose. Drive outcomes assertively. Paddle upstream successfully. Create accountability. Build relationships… Continue reading

The Single Biggest Factor in Long-Term Organizational Success

“What ultimately constrains the performance of your organization is not its business model, nor its operating model, but its management model.” (The Future of Management, Gary Hamel) Factors of organizational success: Jim Collins… Continue reading

82% of Managers Have the Wrong Talent

Gallup finds that companies choose managers with the wrong talent 82% of the time. Bill Clinton’s campaign for President was advanced by the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Organizations that want to attract… Continue reading

How Curiosity Energizes Team Members

I asked a question that drained a leader’s energy. She’s facing new challenges and feels trapped. Meeting challenges, seizing opportunities, and solving people-issues require energy. It’s true that serving in ways that align… Continue reading