Tag Archive: Culture

The Boomerang Effect: The Dark Side of Enthusiasm

Lousy leaders keep the peace by giving gravy assignments to psychos and crappy assignments to people with good attitudes. The dark side of enthusiasm is ending up with all the crap assignments. To… Continue reading

15 Ways to Know Your CEO is Worthy of Being Followed

Nothing useful ever happens when a disconnected high-and-mighty leader shows up for a visit. The memo: When high-and-mighty leaders show up, a memo goes out that reads something like, “The big cheese will… Continue reading

Two Key Factors for Happiness at Work

If you don’t like the people around you, you hate showing up at work. Jamie Naughton, Chief of Staff for Zappos, told me she used to think, “Happiness at work was more in… Continue reading

I Had a Boss Who Poisoned Relationships

Every word you say to yourself and others matters. Gossiping manager: I had a boss who poisoned relationships. She bad-mouthed support staff. My mirror neurons made it natural to agree. Gossip ignites tension.… Continue reading

Which Comes First – Quantity or Quality

“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the… Continue reading

7 Ways to Stop Gossip Vampires

Few leaders do anything about gossip vampires. Gossip is a tool for personal advantage, self-justification, and helpless complaint. If relationships produce results, gossip is expensive. Gossip vampires: Suck the life out of relationships.… Continue reading