The Perfect One-On-One Format: How To Manage Up
One of the first times I ran a one-on-one meeting with my old boss, she got so frustrated that she asked me to stop the meeting, prepare better, and come back later in the day.
How to Be a Better Manager in Just Two Words
Three years ago, on the eve of International Women’s Day, I sat at a long table in a flower shop that had shuttered for the evening and wrote thank-you notes to several of my former bosses.
How to Manage Your Team’s Vacation Requests Without Drama
You’re sitting at your desk, daydreaming about the vacation you’re taking next week. You’ll get to sleep in, drink fruity drinks with umbrellas in them, and use your phone for jealousy-inducing selfies, not just sending frantic work emails at all hours of the day and night. It sounds downright blissful… until your boss walks through
Everything You Need to Know About Resource Planning
A few years ago, I worked with a graphic designer named Vanessa. She was brilliant, creative, and outstanding at her job, which proved to be her undoing. Vanessa was invariably a part of our higher-stakes projects because her work was of such a high quality that she made the entire team look good. She never
Conflict Management Tips That Every Manager Needs to Know
Have you ever disagreed with someone about something and had to resort to conflict management? Probably once or twice, right? Disputes are happening all around us. There are so many differing opinions and beliefs across the world it’s nearly impossible to avoid conflict at all times. But even though these disagreements arise, it doesn’t mean
How to Use Workforce Optimization (WFO) to Get Ahead of Your Competition
As I write this blog, I’m recalling my very first corporate job. I had my own office, but it had no windows, the fluorescent lights clicked and buzzed nonstop, and every available surface was covered with piles of paperwork that probably made more sense to the previous occupant than it did to me. Toda, we’d
Workload Management: Decrease Stress and Optimize Capacity At Work
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Friday, but the paperwork is piling up on your desk and incoming emails are creating a to-do list that will be longer than your arm by Monday. To make matters more complicated, you aren’t sure how to properly distribute this workload among your team. Who is too busy? Who isn’t?
Management Skills Every Project Manager Needs in 2021
Did you know the word MANAGEMENT is synonymous with the word DIRECTION? With each new year, every project manager should take a close look at the figurative compass of their business to ensure they are staying on the proper course. When it comes to project management, being even one degree off your path can have
How to Manage People With Different Work Styles
Work styles involve the way people interact with each other, think, and get things done. No style is better than any other style. For any team to thrive, it needs different people, ideas, and work techniques. When managers hire new team members, they have to decide if the individual’s style will work well with everyone
Why Ignoring Work Performance Will Cost You Time & Money
The department is mostly empty because everyone has gone to lunch. Your annoying co-worker is still there, though, humming loudly to the music piping through her earbuds, so you slowly cross the office floor. This time you’ll do it, you tell yourself. Kristin is a nice enough person, but she’s been coming to work an
How to Be a Hands-On Manager Without Micromanaging
Theodore Roosevelt once described an ideal manager as one who has the good instincts to hire the right people and enough self-restraint to keep from interfering with them while they work. That one sentence illustrates the fine line between being an attentive manager and a micromanager. If you’ve ever had a micromanaging boss, you’ll know
The Art of Giving Feedback: 10 Tips for Busy Managers
“Can I give you some feedback?” At one time, I used to absolutely hate that question. Why? Because I worked for a boss who really meant, “Do you have time for me to tell you what you did wrong?” For him, giving feedback meant criticism. When new employees would complain that he never commented on