Best Manager Interview Question

Peter Drucker said “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” and while that may be true, managers hold the knife and fork. Hiring a manager is not like hiring any other employee. Managers, particularly a first line managers, are the conduit through which all...

Leader or Overlord?

A colleague recently accepted his first leadership position. In the new role he found himself not only in charge of a global staff of subject matter experts and a series of customer deliverables, but also setting the group’s strategy and aligning it to the larger...
Change the Work/life Conversation

Change the Work/life Conversation

Employees sometimes struggle with broaching the work/life balance conversation with their manager because they assume (like a novice salesperson) that they are asking for a favor. Before doing anything else, employees should understand their organization’s formal...
Managing Millennials

Managing Millennials

As a Gen Xer I find it amusing that both my generational colleagues, and more often Baby Boomers, discuss how to handle the Gen Y crowd like they would a batch of spent nuclear fuel. Perhaps it’s my inner latchkey kid talking, but I just don’t understand all the...
Turbo-boost Your Career

Turbo-boost Your Career

In life shortcuts rarely pay-off. Once while living in New York I entered a largely ignored short line at the DMV hoping that my fellow motorists had overlooked something. Turns out it was for farm vehicles. Since I had no plans to drive a tractor across the George...

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