7 steps to bring out the best in people

Good managers work to bring out the best in people. It makes all the difference. When your people are at their best, the organization is also at peak performance -- and that’s every leader’s first priority, or it should be. What’s more, watching good people develop into great performers is personally and professionally rewarding. So, here are seven simple and succinct steps managers can … [Read more...]

13 tips for staying mentally tough

It’s smart to keep a to-do list. Even better is a  NOT-to-do list,  though good ones are usually a bit trickier. Recently, I came across this terrific list of 13 tips for staying mentally tough. It was created by Amy Morin,  a psychotherapist and college psychology instructor. She writes for a variety of online and print publications, and serves as a parenting-teens expert on … [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...]

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...]

iQuiz: Leadership Trivia No. 5 – Before They Were Famous

What do you really know about the leaders whose names pop up in the headlines all the time? You know the ones. Warren Buffett, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Branson, Sonia Sotomayor, Mitt Romney and more. They’re rich, they’re tough, they’re smart, etc. But what do you know about them before they became famous? This Leadership Trivia quiz looks back at them before anyone really heard of them. We … [Read more...]

Can anyone really be that disloyal?

Millennials have a very serious image problem, or so says a survey by Beyond.com, the online career network. The survey of Millennial job seekers, ages 19 to 26, found extraordinary differences in how they view themselves versus how HR professionals view them in areas like work ethic, leadership, and technological expertise -- all of which can make managing Millennials even more … [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...]

Caution: Introvert-infested workplace ahead

How many introverts does it take to change a light bulb? Ok, ok, I promise. No introvert jokes. But let's face it, convention tell us people who are more extroverted have more outgoing personalities, are able to cultivate and manage strong external business relationships and revel in hyper-communication and media attention. They feed off other people, and these days, people are … [Read more...]