To Succeed as a First-Time Leader, Relax

When individual contributors are tapped to manage large-scale projects, oversee direct reports, or participate in strategic planning, they need to develop new skill sets on the fly — skills such as interpersonal dexterity, emotional agility, and communication savvy. As important as these leadership skills are, just as important to the leadership transition is learning to let go of old[…]

7 Tips for Managing Younger Workers

Use these strategies to help 20-something employees succeed.   Younger workers tend to lean heavily on their bosses for help with professional development, and companies should relish that passion for growth and the opportunity for long-term business success. According to a recent survey by Tallo, a career advisory platform for younger professionals, 74 percent of[…]

A Little Recognition Can Provide a Big Morale Boost

As we enter into the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, frontline public sector workers such as healthcare professionals, teachers, and social workers are under more strain than ever. At the same time, organizations in every industry are being forced to downsize and restructure, meaning they’ve got less cash in the bank to support an[…]

The Most Common Leadership Styles (and How to Find Your Own)

Autocratic Style The phrase most illustrative of an autocratic leadership style is “Do as I say.” Generally, an autocratic leader believes that he or she is the smartest person at the table and knows more than others. They make all the decisions with little input from team members. This command-and-control approach is typical of leadership[…]

Lead Your Remote Team Away From Burnout, Not Toward It

Story Highlights Recent challenges have made leading remote teams even tougher Preventing burnout from work presents new challenges for companies Managers must understand the unique challenges of their remote employees   Leading remote teams is a demanding and unique experience. More so, leading remote teams after weeks of stay-at-home orders, preparing for mid-year progress reviews,[…]

Getting Through, Making Memories & Being the Grown-Up

You can’t change the world, but you can help shape the way your children experience this and remember it. And you will. You’re the person they need.   I’m not here to tell you what the “good thing” is about the coronavirus situation, because there is no good thing about a pandemic, not ever. That[…]

Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response?

The coronavirus crisis, like every crisis, is unfolding over an arc of time with a beginning, middle, and end. It is useful to think what distinguishes what was, is, and will be. There was a past of relative stability and predictability. There now is chaos and disruption. There will be … a different state. As this future unfolds, some organizations will be resilient.[…]

Real Leaders Are Forged in Crisis

We are living through a global health crisis with no modern-day precedent. What governments, corporations, hospitals, schools, and other organizations need now, more than ever, are what the writer David Foster Wallace called “real leaders” — people who “help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and[…]