Archive | May, 2012

Managers, Watch Your Paradigm – Part 2

In Part 1, I introduced a newly-promoted young (25 years old) manager who, through no fault of his own, is starting off on the wrong foot. To briefly summarize the problem, the young manager said with all sincerity, “And now I have people under me. Now I give the orders. And they have to listen […]

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What’s Your Story?

Those who do not have power over the stories that dominate their lives, power to retell them, rethink, deconstruct them, joke about them, and change them as times change, truly are powerless because they cannot think new thoughts. –Salman Rushdie A good story is a key success factor for making a role, job or career […]

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Employee Engagement Program Guidelines

This is the most popular blog post on this site. It is read 10 to 20 times every day since it was posted well over two years ago. The post originally appeared on December 1, 2009.  At that time, the Employee Engagement Network had 1750 members as opposed to the 4800 members who currently belong […]

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Managers, Watch Your Paradigm – Part 1

I was in conversation with a 25 year old freshly minted manager recently. The new manager was beaming with pride and excitement about his job with a company in the mid-Atlantic region. When I asked him about the job and what he does, he said with all sincerity, “And now I have people under me. […]

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Making Your Ideas Happen

Ever had the experience of synchronicity? It’s when you notice some coincidental events and you say to yourself “Whoa.” I had one today. A few hours ago, I saw an HBR blog about making ideas happen, and then later I saw a post about the 99% conference in NYC, held last week on the subject […]

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Once More: What Do Managers Do All Day?

Austerity. Employee engagement. Social media. Crowd-sourcing. Entrepreneurial. Social networking. Restructuring. Innovative. Internet company. Words come and go. The verbiage changes, but how has this changed what managers actually do? In a recent conversation with a Gen-Yer, just 14 months into his first management job, he downloaded most of his day at my request. He uses […]

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The Beauty Of Imbalance

Anyone can give a balanced opinion on any matter. Research the different sides of an issue and then present all of those different sides in an intelligent manner. It’s not always easy to do but executing on it isn’t a problem if you know how to properly research and write. If you are unsure, you […]

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