Defusing Office Drama

Where there are people, there is conflict, and your office is no different. It doesn’t matter if there are just two employees or two hundred, there are going to be fights; there is going to be drama. Unfortunately, that makes life difficult for many of us. I don’t like drama. I’d rather just avoid getting involved and let it play out. But when you run a business, you can’t think that way....more

On Leadership

Note from Issa: This is a reblog of a post I published roughly two years ago, with reference to a very difficult work environment I was tangled up in at the time. Today I post this piece en homage to my marvelous current manager, who hired me into my lovely current company just over a year and a half ago. He’s just let me know that he’ll be leaving in four months to explore other climes. He’s one of the best I’ve ever known, and I’ll miss him. Here’s to you, MG....more

How to be an Effective Program Manager

 A program with a bad Program Manager is like a ship without a captain. The crew can’t see where they are going, the ship spends a lot of time going around in circles, and there is mutiny afoot.So, what exactly does it take to be an EFFECTIVE Program Manager? Lead by example...more

Should You Become A Manager?

Image courtesy of Ambro FreeDigitalPhotos.net It’s remarkable how many people are accidental managers. These are people who became managers because they happened to be around when there was a need to put a manager in place. There just as many others who choose to become managers because of dreams of how it “should” be or pressure from family and friends. Whether the opportunity is accidental or intentional, take a moment and ask yourself: “Should I become a manager?”...more

Breaking The Ice With A New Manager

You’ve heard about the new manager. His arrival was announced a few weeks ago. You and your friends at work have been speculating. Will he be different? What changes will he make? Soon enough, the day – and the new manager – has arrived. He is now sitting by the team. How do you break the ice?...more

HOW DO PEOPLE LIVE DEBT FREE? NO REALLY?

I have become a stay at home mom recently.  Now every purchase in my house has come under scrutiny.  I chose to stay home so I knew I had to tighten my spending to make our ends meet.  In just over a month I have managed to rack up about $1000.00 in credit card bills. Mind you not alone, my husband has added to that, automobile gas, trips to the hardware store....more

How Being Negative Can Crush Your Career

No one likes to be with you when you're negative. If you're a manager, people will hate to work for you (but never tell you why). I can tell you that I used to have a negative streak about me. Not on purpose, my mind simply worked from seeing the negative and then working toward the solution. Unfortunately I verbalized my thought process and thus people thought I was pessimistic. I'm grateful to the person who pointed it out to me because I was able to shift that career crushing trait. This post from Alexis at 21st Century Gal is a great look at the dark side of negativity in the workplace. ...more
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You Can't Use Management Tools to Solve Problems of the Soul

As a corporate trainer and coach I meet hundreds, if not thousands of people every year. Most of them are managers in multinational companies. In Romania, the country where I currently live and work, the percentage of women and men reaching management positions in large companies is balanced. Their views on the way people should be managed are not. Men tend to have a more straightforward; task oriented mindset, whereas women are rediscovering that intuition, kindness and a nurturing spirit are as useful in the workplace as they are at home....more

Letting Go of Old School Business

We are working in an agile, lean, bootstrapping world.  We are delivering big data globally, in nanoseconds.  We manage and run businesses 24/7 with on demand expectations from customers, employees and vendors. Are you operating your business in modern times or like it is the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s or even the last decade? Your established ways of doing business may be holding you back. You may be out of touch with what can move your business forward now. It is time to let the “old school” business practices go and embrace progress. ...more

Covert Answers: Helping a Defensive Worker be a Team Player

[This post first appeared on the Covert Leadership blog. It has been slightly edited for BlogHer. Read the original here.]  Covert Answers is a feature where Covert Leadership Agents will answer reader questions and provide advice. Submit your questions here. Dear Agents:...more