How to Manage a Long-term Leave

Much has been written about what to do when a high-performing employee gives notice. Should you counter, dig for insight during the exit interview, or simply wish them well and up your talent game in hopes of avoiding a repeat performance? But what happens when your rock star is talking break not break-up? Some situations like maternity, disability, and even sabbatical are clear […]

Best Manager Interview Question

Peter Drucker said “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” and while that may be true, managers hold the knife and fork. Hiring a manager is not like hiring any other employee. Managers, particularly a first line managers, are the conduit through which all communication and cultural changes passes. These are vital positions in any organization so getting the hire right is critical. If I could […]

Leader or Overlord?

A colleague recently accepted his first leadership position. In the new role he found himself not only in charge of a global staff of subject matter experts and a series of customer deliverables, but also setting the group’s strategy and aligning it to the larger organization. While no stranger to people management and project deadlines, he was concerned about his ability to […]

Change the Work/life Conversation

Employees sometimes struggle with broaching the work/life balance conversation with their manager because they assume (like a novice salesperson) that they are asking for a favor. Before doing anything else, employees should understand their organization’s formal policy on the matter. Assuming there is one, they should change the conversation to focus on results, not time. The following is a quick guideline […]

Managing Millennials

As a Gen Xer I find it amusing that both my generational colleagues and more often Baby Boomers, discuss how to handle the Gen Y crowd like they would a batch of spent nuclear fuel. Perhaps it’s my inner latchkey kid talking, but I just don’t understand all the fuss. Yes, they grew up with technology. Yes, they were […]

Turbo-boost Your Career

In life shortcuts rarely pay-off. Once while living in New York I entered a largely ignored short line at the DMV hoping that my fellow motorists had overlooked something. Turns out it was for farm vehicles. Since I had no plans to drive a tractor across the George Washington Bridge, I had to circle back and join a line that, much to my chagrin, […]