Tag Archive: Management

How Accountability Stops Chinese Water Torture

You can’t prove that dripping water on someone’s forehead eventually drives them insane without risking someone’s sanity. But the Myth Busters verified the power of Chinese Water Torture. The stress of nagging issues,… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: How to Earn Respect

Dear Dan, I need help! I am the new manager to a team of experienced professionals. How do I earn their respect? Sincerely, New Manager Dear New, Congratulations on being selected to manage… Continue reading

Two Cures for Novice-Arrogance

A first-time manager knows about management like a single person knows about marriage. A novice-manager understands managing like a couple without children understands raising children. DOING explodes the myth of perceived knowledge. Knowing… Continue reading

7 Questions All Rookie Managers Must Answer on Day One

Rookie success includes good fortune, but it’s never an accident. Rookies crash and burn when they fly by the seat of their pants. 7 questions for rookie managers: #1. What is the definition… Continue reading

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

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