Category Archives: Management

Drama in the Workplace

We love drama. It makes for great TV, great theater, and great stories. But when it happens at work, it’s not so great. The bottom line is, the more drama you have, less gets done. Think about the last time … Continue reading

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How to Behave In a Meeting

I was in a meeting not too long ago.  Fifteen minutes after it started, one of the participants showed up holding a fresh cup of coffee from a local coffee shop. He made excuses about being late, but he omitted … Continue reading

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Stop Yelling at Me!

When I was a young manager, I yelled at one of my staff. While I may have been justifiably angry, I chose to express it by raising my voice and losing my cool. I didn’t say anything mean or cruel; … Continue reading

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Pessimism: How to deal with the people that are a “drag.”

There was a period in my life when people called me a “drag.” Once I found out, I worked hard to turn it around.  Today, I might not be called a ray of sunshine, but I’m not bringing people down … Continue reading

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Morning Check-In Meetings – Maybe the most powerful management tool there is

Ok, maybe morning check-in meetings aren’t the most powerful management tool there is. But they certainly improved the culture and productivity of my team. I started morning meetings after reading “Death by Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni.   Making a simple addition … Continue reading

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Bad Communication Regarding the Red Sox’s Woes – What Can We learn from it?

It’s August and my Red Sox are in last place.  Everyone is talking about it. You can’t buy a gallon of milk without overhearing someone give their opinion on why they are failing. “It’s the pitching;” “too many injuries;” “the … Continue reading

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Dealing with Negativity in the Workplace

Things go wrong and people are going to complain. However, there is a difference from typical grumbling and toxic levels of negativity. You can get there pretty quickly; add poor communication and some authoritarian managers and presto you can be facing … Continue reading

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Who Are You? Using personality profiling to learn about yourself and your team.

I have always been a big fan using personality profiling tests to help gain insight to your own behaviors and those of your colleagues. They can be a great way of building the cohesiveness of your team. Profile tests, such … Continue reading

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How to Have a Difficult Conversations

We all have them, or at least we should be having them. Difficult conversations are essential for a successful manager but they can be the last thing we want to do. I had a long history of avoiding difficult conversations. Like most, … Continue reading

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