3 New Ways to Manage Your Time That’ll Give You Hours Back Each Day

I have yet to meet the professional who has declared, “Time management? I’ve got that handled.” (And if that’s you, please send me a DM on Twitter so I can interview you for a future article). Most busy professionals struggle with assessing how much time certain tasks will take, managing multiple priorities, saying no, and many more…Continue reading 3 New Ways to Manage Your Time That’ll Give You Hours Back Each Day

How to Talk to Your Boss About Your Career Goals

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 Management, the global career and talent development expert within ManpowerGroup, only 16…Continue reading How to Talk to Your Boss About Your Career Goals

Saying These 2 Words During a Big Presentation Could Damage Your Credibility

Every presentation is an opportunity to demonstrate your confidence, competence and character.  You have the chance to prove that you understand your audience’s concerns, and show how you can meet their needs. And, when you do it well, you also get to boost your personal and professional credibility. Until you say, “I’m sorry.” Saying, “I’m sorry”…Continue reading Saying These 2 Words During a Big Presentation Could Damage Your Credibility

3 Mistakes Managers Make During One-on-One Meetings

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 general, having regular, focused, and productive one-on-one conversations…Continue reading 3 Mistakes Managers Make During One-on-One Meetings

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

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, getting a handle on getting things done can…Continue reading Before You Say That You’re Too Busy, Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

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

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, his gaze is distracted, and that smile…Continue reading How to Respond to Someone Who Just Got Bad News at Work (Don’t Say ‘Look on the Bright Side’​)

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

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 tobehave better, like the one who complains every time a change is announced, or who nitpicks at every detail in your presentation, or who completely withdraws when given…Continue reading Difficult Person Driving You Nuts? Here Are 3 Strategies to Try If You’ve Tried Everything Else

3 Words That Really Work to Motivate Your Employees

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 their physician for help. But feeling judged,…Continue reading 3 Words That Really Work to Motivate Your Employees

3 Ways to Get More Positive Feedback From Your Boss

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 the importance of receiving…Continue reading 3 Ways to Get More Positive Feedback From Your Boss

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (We See You Hiding Behind that Lectern)

We were amused to read in the Albuquerque Journal that the new governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan-Grisham (described as “diminutive” by the Journal), joked in her inaugural speech that one of her first acts as governor would be to order all lecterns in New Mexico to be lowered. This got us thinking about how…Continue reading Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (We See You Hiding Behind that Lectern)