Another day in paradise? It’s all in how you spin it

Let’s face it, we all spin – if just a little. If it’s already good, we put a better spin on it. If it’s bad, we spin it back to good, or as close as we can make it. We spin at work, rest, or play. It's all in how you spin it. We fine tune our communication to make things appear as we want them to be perceived, or to make our decisions seem somewhat more valuable, even when they are … [Read more...]

Can you give negative feedback without being … negative?

Nothing like a little negative feedback to start your day off right, eh? Yes, that was sarcasm. Few managers awaken each day salivating over having to set someone straight. We are reluctant to have that tough conversation, even when experience assures us that it’s the only way to salvage a situation – or better still - could lead to real improvement. Yet according to the Harvard Business … [Read more...]

Learn to say no 10 different ways

No. Don’t be afraid. Go ahead and say it. You won't hurt anything. Learn to say no. “No” is very often the sign of a wise manager. It turns out some people are actually addicted to saying “yes.” At least that’s what workplace psychologists say. The way it works is some people get such an emotional lift from just the very idea of being asked to be included in some activity; from … [Read more...]

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...]

Just ’cause you’re a genius doesn’t mean you have all the best ideas

So many successful leaders got that way because they surround themselves with smart people. It’s like the saying goes: You can’t jump-start a dead battery with another dead battery. But hiring smart, capable people to help grow the business is only part of the challenge. The other part involves harnessing all that collective talent, all those great ideas floating around in people’s brains, and … [Read more...]

The Top 5 (er, 27 and counting …) white lies every manager tells

“Honey, do I look fat in this?” “NO.” Good answer … and three cheers for the harmless fib! Where would we be without little white lies? We all do it, though some of us are far better (and more habitual) at it than others. Psychologists say we were all very capable of looking our parents right in the eye and deliberately lying to them by the ripe young age of six. It’s just part and … [Read more...]