Archives for May 2013

4 steps to tame the workplace control freak

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Control freak. Now you say, ‘Control freak, who?’” Ha ha ha! Control freaks. You KNOW you hate them. Control freaks just don’t have a burning need to tell you how to do everything, like opening a door, they also tend to pick the most inopportune times to do it, like when you’re trying to go to lunch. A trainer with many years experience running … [Read more...]

5 dumb ways managers kill loyalty every time

If loyalty means being faithful to a goal, then let’s just stipulate right now that today’s workplace is a den of infidelity. Careerbuilder.com said its survey showed 76% of full-time workers, while not actively looking for a new job, would leave their current workplace if the right opportunity came along. MetLife's  survey of workplace loyalty found employee morale at a seven-year … [Read more...]

5 warning signs your humility needs a tune up

Some days you can't get away from this humility stuff. Especially humility at work. Consider this actual  job description for a  Senior VP for Corporate Communications/Global.  (We'll leave the firm anonymous.) The super-human skill sets outlined in the four-page posting were other worldly, 24/7, across all abilities, levels, platforms and aspects of social and business life. There is no … [Read more...]

Communication lessons from the Land of Oz

You’re searching for the perfect movie when you come across this blurb: Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets, then teams up with three strangers to kill again. Ugh, you think, “am I really up for another heart-stopping, crime-thriller about a murderous millennial?” No? Good, because this is  actually a real-life teaser for the 1939 All-American … [Read more...]

Employee problem solving: Maybe you’re the problem!

An employee has a problem and comes straight to you, as well he should. After all, problem-solving is your gift. You've seen it all and done it all, so you have just the solution. Step-by-step you lay it out there,  exquisite in detail -- exactly what to do, how and when. Another employee problem solving job well done! Um, not so fast, maestro. The fact is, today’s busy managers aren’t … [Read more...]

Why your employees are misbehaving – or will be soon

Some days it seems the entire workplace has gone stark raving mad, doesn’t it? We use to just blame it on the full moon. But employees are misbehaving more and more, and there is something to this growing phenomenon of extreme misbehavior. Just Google  "workplace gone wild" or "caught on camera" ... if you dare. The experts who study workplace behavior claim they have found some clear … [Read more...]

The Top 10 White Lies Managers Tell – Infographic

For the most part, executives and managers are honest people. But all of us find ourselves in the position of telling a “little white lie” from time to time. ManageElite asked 1,133 executives and managers which “white lies” they have told. We gave them a list of 33 lies. Here are the Top 10. How many have you told? 1. “I was just getting ready to call you.”  49.4% A convenient lie for those … [Read more...]

Discussing pay raises: Some dos and don’ts

Conversations about pay raises essentially boil down to four types. Those in which the employee is getting: - a larger-than-average raise - an average raise - a smaller-than-average raise - no raise at all. Here are time-tested examples of how managers should – and shouldn’t – go about discussing pay raises. The larger-than-average raise The wrong way: “Well, Helen, you pretty much did … [Read more...]