management

Mind Reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Team Every Week

Mind Reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Team Every Week

I am not a mind reader, but I’ve tried playing one at work. I think we all have. I used to imagine that I could peer into the silent void of a discussion with a... »

Get More Done: How to Delegate Effectively

Get More Done: How to Delegate Effectively

Don’t look now, but your micromanagement habits might be stunting your company’s growth. If you’re improperly, inefficiently, or just plain avoiding the delegat... »

3 Types of Employees Who Always Resist Change

3 Types of Employees Who Always Resist Change

Got innovation-phobic team members? Use this handy guide to classify and overcome their objections. In business, just about everybody claims to be for creativit... »

10 Tips for Managing Creative People

10 Tips for Managing Creative People

When the Harvard Business Review published a post called Seven Rules For Managing Creative People a few months back, the reaction was an almost universal, Oh, p... »

10 Great Tips From 1 Terrible Boss

10 Great Tips From 1 Terrible Boss

You can learn a lot from this employee’s awful experience with her manager. “We’re pressed to do more with less, compete globally, and meet ev... »

4 Reasons You Need to Set Business Goals

4 Reasons You Need to Set Business Goals

Here are four reasons why you should be setting goals for your organization. My only goal when I first launched Formula was to ensure that I made enough money t... »

Making Tough Decisions: What I’ve Learned

Making Tough Decisions: What I’ve Learned

An entrepreneur talks about tough choices, saying no, and embracing change. When I look back at who I was just seven years ago, I am amazed at how much I’... »

Do You Make It Too Hard to Get a Job At Your Company?

Do You Make It Too Hard to Get a Job At Your Company?

Your job application process may be scaring excellent candidates away. When it comes to running a successful business, you need to always be on the lookout for ... »

3 Fundamental Shifts You Need to Make to Scale Your Business

3 Fundamental Shifts You Need to Make to Scale Your Business

Growing your business is fun — but if you stay stuck in fun, you’ll never get the scale that could make you great. It’s one thing to grow your... »

Case Study: a Bakery Comes Back From the Dead

Case Study: a Bakery Comes Back From the Dead

New owners rescued Awrey Bakeries and became local heroes. Now comes the hard part–making it profitable. It was an all-too-familiar story line out of Detr... »

Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps

Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps

It’s noble to promote from within, but irresponsible if it’s without preparation. Here’s what you should do. I’m sure this is familiar. ... »

The Ultimate Motivation for Any Team

The Ultimate Motivation for Any Team

Employees will always resist change unless they believe the company’s survival is literally at stake. Here’s how to make it clear to them that it is... »

The Problem with Squeezing Employees Too Hard

The Problem with Squeezing Employees Too Hard

Pressuring your team to do more with less can lead to unethical behavior, warns a new survey. These are still tough economic times, which means business owners ... »

How to Have Better Conversations

How to Have Better Conversations

Procter & Gamble’s former CEO offers simple but useful tips for better discussions at work and elsewhere. A great deal of our lives is spent talking t... »

3 Ways to Spot a Liar

3 Ways to Spot a Liar

A new study out of Harvard offers tips on spotting a liar. They’re not what you see in the movies. It would be nice if every job candidate, negotiating pa... »

Creative Blogging Platform Jux to Close August 31

Creative Blogging Platform Jux to Close August 31

Creative blogging platform Jux is shutting its doors on August 31. In a blog post, the company revealed that its growth wasn’t “large or fast enough to attract ... »

World’s Worst Management Fads

World’s Worst Management Fads

These seven timeless but useless strategies pop up with annoying regularity. In some companies it’s like clockwork. Every couple of years or so, somebody ... »

3 Steps to Handle a Crisis Like a Fighter Pilot

3 Steps to Handle a Crisis Like a Fighter Pilot

By compartmentalizing and addressing a problem on a triage basis your business can emerge from disaster unscathed. When I was born in 1970 my father was a fligh... »

Compared to This, Your Mission Statement Sucks

Compared to This, Your Mission Statement Sucks

The mission statement at this company might possibly be the one by which all others should be judged. When I worked for R.R. Donnelley there was a huge mission ... »

The Ship Goes Down With the Captain

The Ship Goes Down With the Captain

  Carnival Cruise Lines gained a reputation as the Lex Luthor of the high seas after an engine fire stranded 4,200 people in the Gulf of Mexico for five da... »

10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

  Recently, I had overwhelming response to my column on“10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do.” In it, I also gave tips for being a better boss. Better is ... »

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