4 Habits of Great Managers

Anyone can track employee time and pass along HR announcements. Great managers are savvy people leaders who transform strategic intent into tangible action through sheer influence. Their ability to produce value through others sets them apart from even the most knowledgeable independent contributor. Up your managerial game by adopting these four actions: Coach Your Employees: If you start working for someone […]

Common First Time Managers Issues

If you followed the tips in my last column you should be well on your way to establishing credibility as a new manager. Of course, life doesn’t always go according to plan. When circumstance throws a monkey in the wrench, a fly in the ointment, a pain in the (fill in the blank based on magnitude), you’ll need to up your game. The following described […]

Tips for First Time Managers

So you finally scored that manager promotion. Congratulations. Now grab your helmet. Seasoned managers know that the title and accompanying pay increase comes with a variety of additional responsibilities. To make the most of the opportunity follow these tips.   Change Your Focus – Marshall Goldsmith once said, “What got you here won’t get you there.” It today’s incredibly competitive world, past […]

How to Help Your Boss Help You

Let’s face it. Your manager is more apt to have your back when he knows that you have his. To do that, you’ll have to make a personal investment in his success. If he’s a good guy, he’ll do the same. If not, it will become readily apparent in short order. On the assumption that you’ve followed my advice in the last blog and are […]

Avoiding a Bad Boss

Nothing is scarier than working for a bad boss. The trouble is, in many cases you have little control over who you work for and how they will behave. That’s one advantage of the job search process – you get to interview your new boss to see if there’s a fit. This is no trick people. The treat we’ve been denying […]