Archives for October 2013

Halloween at work: The Pink Slip and other scary costumes

It’s Halloween week, and if you plan to dress up for a party at your place of employment, the experts advise that you do it tastefully. In other words, don’t let your antics come back to haunt you. “Don't show up in something skimpy that leaves little to the imagination,” warns the San Francisco Chronicle. “Likewise don't put on anything that drips ‘blood’ or any other strange … [Read more...]

Let’s talk – manager to manager

I'd like to have a candid conversation with you about management and staff training and why ManageElite might be a good fit for you – you'll be the judge ... Like most dads, I'm unabashedly proud of my baby, ManageElite. As the VP/Product Development, I helped conceive it, spent nine months (at least) developing it, was there for delivery and have nurtured it every day since. It's a product … [Read more...]

3 ways to handle (just about) any dumb question

“There is no such thing as a dumb question,” Carl Sagan assures us in his book, The Demon Haunted World. Alright then, Mr. Smarty Pants: Why do pets love being petted? All good managers embrace the idea that all questions should be viewed as a cry to better understand the world. Well, in real life, that’s true ninety-some-percent of the time. The rest, they are dumb … [Read more...]

Take the Management Challenge Quiz

Think you are a sharp manager? You might be surprised by what you don't know. So test your management savvy by taking The Management Challenge Quiz, which was produced by the good folks at ManageElite. As a manager, you should know the answers to most of these quiz questions, but you might be surprised how many managers don't. You can go the quiz by clicking here. Anyway, it's a great way to … [Read more...]

ManageElite adds new modules for 2nd anniversary

ManageElite, the most affordable, easy-to-use, innovative training program for managers, celebrated its second birthday and is now adding new training modules. "In the past two years, we've helped thousands become better managers -- whether they were first-time managers or experienced pros. I hear it in the feedback I get from them every day," says John Walston, ManageElite's VP/Product … [Read more...]

Time management skills: ‘Hey, got a second?’

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.  -- Robert Frost Even the most accomplished managers can’t add more hours to a day. So, the only way to do more is to either work longer days, or be more efficient. Anyone up for longer days? No, didn’t think so. That leaves improving time management skills, which is really the art … [Read more...]

Relax, things are going great! What’s to worry??

Anyone who manages a group of consistently good performers knows it doesn’t happen by accident. Not at all. It takes some real dedication, measured amounts of managerial finesse, and genuine concern. And the first time a manager fools himself into thinking, since things are tracking along so well, it’s OK to set it on cruise control, you’d better hold on tight. There are surely curves … [Read more...]

Handling disagreements: 6 keys to get things back on track

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do. – Keith Richards Ha! So how is it, with all that dissent, that the Rolling Stones became one of the most popular and longest-surviving acts in rock music? Disagreements are at the heart of destruction. But good people, and apparently even Keith Richards, know the value of handling disagreements … [Read more...]