The Trouble with "Gotcha" Management

It's a management style that focuses on catching employees doing something—anything—wrong. And it's a drain on productivity.

Want Engaged Employees? Give Them Work-Life Balance

One of the surest ways to ensure you'll have unproductive employees is to have their minds elsewhere.

One Simple Way for Management to Boost Productivity

It all comes down to: What kind of management actions will place people in the mindset to want to do their productive best for you?

What Motivates Employees to "Go the Extra Mile?"

A new study addresses this age-old management issue, and offers surprising answers.

Study: Many CEOs Get Less Background Checking Than Graduates

According to a survey of Human Resources executives, many CEOs undergo less background screening than does the average college graduate.

Why Is Employee Recognition Always a Problem?

One issue that recurred in literally every employee survey I was involved with over several decades was lack of employee recognition. Providing such recognition should be easy for management, but it isn't. Why is that? I asked readers and received insightful answers.

The Best Leaders Are Always Self-Aware

"How would you experience your actions if you were on the receiving end?" It's a critical question for anyone in a management role to ask himself or herself. A new book explores the role of self-awareness in business leadership.

Why Is Employee Recognition So Big a Management Problem?

The one issue that recurred in literally every employee survey I was involved with was recognition - or rather, lack of it. It was always a pain point.

The Motivational Benefits of Art in the Workplace

Having art at work helps build pride in the environment. It shows management cares enough about the employee experience to have a thoughtfully maintained facility that people feel good about working in.

The Stress Disconnect Between Management and Employees

A study from Towers Watson finds that managers and employees have very different perceptions of what constitutes stress at work. Can management effectively address the problem of workplace stress if it doesn't fully understand what the problem is?

Study: Narcissists Do Best in Job Interviews

A study from the University of British Columbia shows that narcissists do best in job interviews, outperforming "equally qualified candidates who act more modestly." The outgoing, charismatic personalities of narcissists serve them well in an interview setting.

When Will the U.S. Become a Global Soccer Superpower?

What's been holding back U.S. soccer all these years? Is it the stranglehold of the Big Three - football, basketball and baseball - in routinely siphoning off so much of our elite athletic talent?

How to Manage People Who Are Hard to Manage

Management would be easy if everyone you managed were hard working, collaborative, and had a great attitude and exceptional talent. But then it wouldn’t be management...

One Surprising Quality Every Leader Needs

When you think of exceptional leadership, your mind often runs to qualities like charisma, integrity, self-discipline, communication skills and executive presence. I'd argue that part of an obscure native of South America is as important as any of them.

6 Clear Reasons Why Employees Are Disengaged

Why are so many employees disengaged? In 6 simple sentences, a book I recently read, "The Art of Engagement," offers as concise and plainspoken a description as I've yet come across of the problems employees face and the challenges management has.

24 Percent of Companies Pay Bonuses to Failing Performers

It's not often I come across a statistic that shocks me, but this one did...

The Challenges of Remote Management

It's not easy to manage when you've never met your employees or your own boss. One manager's perspective...

The Exceptional Motivational Power of Pizza

Small things can make a big difference in employee engagement and productivity. For one young woman, a slice of pizza was a welcome gesture. Effective recognition can take many forms.

You'll Never Go Wrong Leading by Example

Beyond any ethical considerations, there's an exceedingly practical one: It's effective.

The Unfortunate Appeal of Narcissists in Management

Some of the hallmarks of the narcissistic personality — need for admiration and power, exaggeration, manipulativeness and lack of empathy — are also qualities that at times are useful for management success.

Is Climate Change the Main Long-term Problem for Business?

Recent communiques from the United Nations and World Bank underscore the problems climate change can cause for business. Unpredictable, extreme weather poses major long-term risks to key operations including infrastructure, supply chains, natural resources, and agriculture.

Want Motivated Employees? Offer Opportunities for Growth

Employees perform best when the environment is conducive to growth. There are simple questions for management to ask: Does your organization give careful thought to providing ample opportunities for growth?

Study: Management Transparency Motivates Employees

A recent study of over 40,000 employees removed "management transparency" from the realm of ethics and showed its practical value in maintaining a productive work force.

US Trails Malta, Slovenia (& 35 More) Supporting New Parents

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. ranks dead last out of 38 surveyed nations in "government-supported time off for new parents."

How to Manage Someone You Don't (Truth Be Told) Really Like

It's one of the most challenging aspects of management. Four constructive suggestions to help.

Why Self-Awareness Is Key to Effective Leadership

Though leadership searches often give short shrift to "self-awareness," a high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall executive success.

How to Stay Calm in a "Crisis" at Work

My premise is that most "crises" at work aren't really crises - they're "situations" that have been blown out of proportion. So what do you do if you're caught in the vortex of a faux crisis? Some suggestions...

3 Ways Companies Can Improve Employee Engagement

Employee engagement equals emotional commitment, emotional commitment equals hard work, and hard work equals productivity. It's a logical formula, but research shows just 30% of American workers are fully engaged. Here are 3 ways companies can boost that number.

Why Trust is Foundational to Sound Management

Trust is a valuable but fragile commodity in management. Why is trust between employees and managers in chronically short supply?

Without This Quality, Management Doesn't Work

This often overlooked quality is crucial to sound management. Without it, uncertainty rules.

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