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First, Break All the Rules Book Review

First, Break All the Rules Book Review

All data geeks love the premise of First Break All the Rules. It is based on 25 years of Gallup studies surveying 80,000 managers across 400 companies. This book provides uncommon sense about how the best managers engage with workers. Bad manager First, let's describe...

Depression Kills by Silence

Depression Kills by Silence

He would be 34 today. But my little brother, Hillton, died of suicide eight years ago. I keep a note from him in my office along with this silly little coconut pirate that he loved. Growing up, he felt like he didn’t belong because he was the only blonde-hair in a...

Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALs Lead & Win Book Review

Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALs Lead & Win Book Review

Applying special forces training to the boardroom, these Navy SEAL authors show that business and combat require similar leadership skills in this book. Extreme Ownership means that the leader is responsible for everything. The leader must own everything in his world....

Is it Halftime in Quarantine?

Is it Halftime in Quarantine?

My office started working from home before almost any other. Many work colleagues embraced it immediately. But not me. I didn’t want to work from home. I like my office routine. I find face-to-face meetings much better than anything over the phone or video conference....

Helping an Employee Through a Tough Time

Helping an Employee Through a Tough Time

Our personal and professional lives inevitably overlap. It is unnatural to segregate our work selves from our personal selves. You must show compassion to your employees. Making your team a place where people can communicate those personal issues builds emotional...

Managing an Employee with a Disability

Managing an Employee with a Disability

Managing your employees requires fair and equal treatment for everyone, but that can seem challenging when you have a disabled employee. While they may require special accommodations to do their jobs, you should expect that employee to meet their obligations once...

Managing a Small Team vs. a Big Team

Managing a Small Team vs. a Big Team

A manager’s work is to hire exceptional leaders, build self-reliant teams, establish a clear vision, and communicate well. When you master these skills, it is possible to manage a team of any size. Managers are the most powerful influence on employee’s engagement...

The Benefits of Skip-Level Meetings

The Benefits of Skip-Level Meetings

If you manage other managers, you must reach beyond those in management by implementing a skip-level meeting. Skip-level meetings involve temporarily disregarding the chain of command to allow the head honchos the honor of speaking with the employees directly. These...

Lessons Learned Working From Home

Lessons Learned Working From Home

With our workforce growing remote, supervisors must adapt to managing teams that work from home. Remote working demands unconventional ways to build employee engagement and accountability. The most effective leaders will discover ways to develop and keep trust with...