How to Talk to Your Boss About Your Career Goals

By |2019-10-26T12:37:08-04:00April 9th, 2019|Business|

Avoiding the subject isn't an option if you care about your future. People managers wear many hats: delegator, goal-setter, accountability-partner, brainstorming buddy, performance evaluator, obstacle-mover, resource-allocator, and more. (This, of course, is all in addition to their day jobs of actual work.) And there's one critical role for managers that often doesn't get addressed: career developer. According to research by Right

3 Mistakes Managers Make During One-on-One Meetings

By |2019-10-26T12:39:29-04:00March 12th, 2019|Business|

Meetings should educate, motivate, and develop your people. The late, great fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld once remarked, "I don't do meetings." And if you were Karl Lagerfeld, you didn't have to. For the rest of us, however, meetings are a part of getting work done, even if they often feel like an interruption of our real work. No matter what you think of meetings in

Before You Say That You’re Too Busy, Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

By |2019-10-26T12:40:50-04:00February 26th, 2019|Business|

You may be thinking about time management all wrong. Despite the ubiquity of technological advances, for many of us, time management is more of a problem than ever. Whether you keep postponing finishing your client presentation because your boss keeps throwing new projects at you, or you can't schedule your family vacation because you have too many high-priority tasks,

How to Respond to Someone Who Just Got Bad News at Work (Don’t Say ‘Look on the Bright Side’)

By |2019-10-26T12:42:16-04:00February 14th, 2019|Business|

You want to be compassionate without philosophizing When you see your friend or colleague at work, you hopefully get a warm smile, a friendly hello, and maybe a little chat about your favorite TV show that was on last night. But at times, as soon as you see him, you know something's wrong. His shoulders are slumped,

Difficult Person Driving You Nuts? Here Are 3 Strategies to Try If You’ve Tried Everything Else

By |2019-10-26T12:43:40-04:00January 30th, 2019|Business|

You can't change someone else's behavior, but you can change your mindset Working with a difficult person (and, often, more than one) is as expected in the workplace as attending pointless meetings. We've all desperately tried to get a colleague to behave better, like the one who complains every time a change is announced, or who nitpicks at every

3 Words That Really Work to Motivate Your Employees

By |2019-10-26T12:44:57-04:00January 9th, 2019|Business|

You may be scaring people rather than inspiring them When you think about your annual physical exam, you may be worried that your doctor is going to criticize your choices (like eating too much steak and not enough salad), deliver disappointing news, or find something frightening. Those are the kinds of concerns that prevent people from reaching out to

3 Ways to Get More Positive Feedback From Your Boss

By |2019-10-26T12:46:20-04:00December 10th, 2018|Business|

You can't improve without specifics. Most of us think about feedback as negative: being told by our manager that we've fallen short of a goal, or that our work processes need work, or that a behavior needs to change. And yes, negative feedback delivered thoughtfully and constructively, is critical to helping us make progress. Let's not overlook

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Pitching an Idea to Your Boss

By |2019-10-26T12:47:44-04:00November 29th, 2018|Business|

Your idea is only as good as your ability to sell it From ride-sharing to co-working spaces, and from Netflix to 3D printers, all of these were, at some point, brand new ideas. And each of them had a person (or people) behind the idea who saw the business potential in turning their idea into reality. But generating cutting-edge concepts isn't

3 Things That Women Say Yes to that Undermine their Impact at Work

By |2019-10-26T12:49:06-04:00November 13th, 2018|Business|

'I'll do it' may be costing you your career Most of us hope that our colleagues and bosses see us as helpful. Helping in the workplace has been recognized as an important and desirable organizational behavior for decades, from both an interpersonal relationship perspective as well as a business productivity perspective. When we're helpful, we contribute positively to the social and

3 Things to Do Immediately After an Argument at Work

By |2019-10-26T12:50:26-04:00October 31st, 2018|Business|

Blowing up can have a lasting impact if you don't address it as soon as possible. Author and business leader Margaret Heffernan once remarked, "For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate." Nevertheless, many of us would rather not engage in conflict, argument or debate (and maybe even avoid human interaction altogether). We work hard