I’M CALLING IT “SCREAMMAIL”

I didn’t post a blog last week because i was catching up on my e-mail. I try to stay on top of it, but the truth is it starts to just get away from me. This week was no different. After all, most of my work isn’t about e-mail, it’s about actually talking to people, either in workshop groups I facilitate or in one-on-one coaching conversations. What’s YOUR work? If you don’t get paid just to send and respond to e-mails, it might be the right time to get a handle on dealing with them. Read more

IN A CONTEMPLATIVE STATE OF MIND

I attended a conference last weekend at which Dr. Wayne Dyer was the keynote speaker. I’ll admit I’ve never been a big fan of “self-help” gurus and I’m not even sure if Wayne Dyer fits that description. But some of the things he talked about sent me into an admittedly rare period of introspection. When’s the last time you engaged in some self-reflection? Read more

STEP AWAY FROM THAT POWERPOINT

What’s the one thing everyone needs to move up in any organization? Most of you would probably respond with answers like “leadership skills,” “knowledge,”” a great mentor,” or “expertise.” But the single most important thing you need is visibility. You’ll never go anywhere if no one in power knows who you are. And today, anyone who aspires to a leadership role will have to give presentations at multiple times throughout his/her career. So you’d better start getting great at it right now. Read more

“Nothing new in the sands of time, Just changes every day” *

Using a lyric from a Jefferson Starship*  song as the title of a blog post might tell you that I’ve been around a while.  But I hope it also reminds all of us that change is an omnipresent fact in our lives.  So why is there still so much business literature devoted to change “initiatives,” and change “agents,” and 3,059 organizational change books listed on Amazon?   Apparently, we don’t manage change very well. Read more

LETTING GO

I had a bad case of writer’s block yesterday.  When I sat down to begin to write this weekly blog, I went blank.  I stared at my computer screen as if it were an object from outer space that I’d never seen before.  I went to my trusty notebook in which I jot down ideas when they pop into my head and I came across a couple of things I thought I could write about.  I tried … I couldn’t.  I gave up, went to the driving range, and hit two large buckets of golf balls. Read more

A MEETING OF THE MINDS

Have you been in a lot of meetings lately?  I have, and it started me wondering why most of us hate meetings so much.  We view them as time-wasters, ineffective, boring, unnecessary, and taking us away from our “real” jobs.  Why?  And is there anything we can do about it? Read more

ARE YOU AND YOUR TEAM CONFUSED?

If you’re a relatively new manager, you probably don’t know a whole lot about your team.  You’re busy finding out what your responsibilities are, what your boss expects from you, who you need to interact with , what your departmental goals are, what results you need to achieve, and even what your job really is.  Who has time to learn about his/her team?  Read more

SLOW DOWN, YOU MOVE TOO FAST

I’m sure all of you have those times when your mind is racing so fast, you think your head’s going to explode.  And we’ve all heard about “mindfulness,” know the benefits of reflection and meditation, understand the importance of slowing down, and living in the moment.  But how the heck are we supposed to do that??  Read more

BE A SUPER-HERO

It’s SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!  Which got me to thinking, what makes a super manager?  You know – the one that’s excellent, first-rate, the best at what he or she does, the one who makes you want to go the extra mile?  Remember the best bosses you’ve ever had?  What set them apart from the worst ones?  Here’s a little activity to get your brain cells working: Read more

YOU CAN DO IT ALL … OR CAN YOU?

Whenever I’m training and coaching a group of managers, one of the biggest challenges we talk about is delegating tasks.  Almost no one seems comfortable with it.  You all know you have to do it if you ever expect your children to recognize you when you walk in the door. Yet we’re all so resistant to it.  Here are the top reasons why: Read more