Career Question: "How Can I Get into Management?"

A frustrated reader would like a faster career track. Following is practical counsel for anyone seeking a management role.

Shouldn't All Leadership Be "Authentic"?

We hear a lot about the benefits of "authentic" leadership these days. But what are the reasonable choices? Should we advocate inauthentic leadership? Or dishonest leadership?

Why the Millennial Mindset Matters to Management

Millennials have “more permission to advocate for ourselves, rather than to silently comply with whatever directives are handed down.” What are the management implications?

A Nice Short Description of How to Manage Millennials

Hint: They don’t respond well to traditional command-and-control tactics.

The Best Managers Keenly Understand the Power of Teamwork

A common challenge in the corporate world is low "collaboration EQ." But very little gets accomplished in business without the support of other people - often many other people.

Remote Workers Are Happier and More Productive

These are key findings from a new survey examining pros and cons in the remote workplace.

Too Many Employees Feel the Need to "Cover" Their Identities

Data show large numbers of employees conceal their true identities at work. That's not good for the employees - or for productivity.

Why Management Rapport Leads to Employee Productivity

An old HR colleague of mine was bothered by how little our managers talked with their employees. What were the implications for engagement and productivity?

The Universal Language of Management

At first I was surprised by my readers in Botswana, Kenya and India. But then it occurred to me: The fundamentals of effective management are pretty much the same everywhere.

First Impressions Are Key in the Hiring Process

In a new study, 80% of respondents said they’d take one job over another based on emotional connections formed in interviews.

New Research: Women Consistently Outperform Men in EQ

When it comes to emotional intelligence, women beat the pants off men (so to speak), says new data. What are the implications for leadership?

Why Are Employee Evaluations Such a Problem?

Employee evaluations have become a convenient whipping boy for the shortcomings of management. A new survey examines the issues, and finds gender and generational differences.

New Research Ties Female Leadership to Increased Profits

A new, large global survey shows that a move from "from no female leaders to 30% representation" is associated with substantive gains in profitability.

Resilience: A Great Career Trait to Cultivate

Resilience is valuable for anyone, but seems especially so for Millennials in business. Three reasons why cultivating it is always a solid career move.

The Best Leaders Lead by Example

Two highly practical reasons why leading by example makes excellent career and business sense: It's effective and it makes people want to follow.

The Central Challenge of Management

I once worked for a Chief Marketing Officer who above all liked to hire Psychology majors. What did he know about an effective mindset for business?

The Best Managers are the Best Communicators

Solid manager-employee relationships are built on a foundation of communication. Research bears this out, as did a long-ago conversation.

Employee Development: Often Overlooked, Always Appreciated

Research shows employee development is both highly valued and highly neglected. When I recently overlooked its importance, an old friend quickly took me to task on it.

The Surest Way to Spot a Good Manager

A good manager can be the sole difference between an enjoyable job and an unpleasant one. Practical tips to help you find a winner in the future.

Why Calm Management is Good Management

These five traits of good leaders are underrated - but effective.

Why Health Insurance is Now a Bigger Nightmare Than Ever

Does it seem even remotely reasonable that a married couple earning $63,000 a year could spend $33,000 in premiums and out-of-pocket expenses? Welcome to health insurance in 2015.

New Research Shows Exactly Why Employee Recognition Matters

Seven of 10 employees who have received recognition say they're happy with their jobs. Without recognition, satisfaction drops sharply to 39%.

5 Principles to Guide Sustainable Leadership

Principle number 4: “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Why Leaders Often Lose Loyalty... Unnecessarily

“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Though in this famous quote Maya Angelou wasn’t commenting on management or leadership specifically, she might as well have been...

New Employee Survey Underscores the Value of Feeling Valued

A new survey shows how few employees feel valued at work and see meaningful advancement opportunities — and why this matters for retention.

One Key to Effective Management: Plain Old Common Sense

Most people like to be treated the way you like to be treated. Why wouldn't they?

Why the Freelance Economy Is a Social Tragedy in the Making

The Social Contract is dead. We're becoming a nation of freelancers. Corporate profits are very high and retirement prospects very low.

The Real Reason to Care About Employee Engagement

Mindset matters. Attitude is a difference maker. It's not about sensitivity. It's about productivity.

Why Lower-Stress Management Leads to Higher Productivity

We often just assume a high-intensity model of Type A behavior is the natural style for management. But is this really the best way to bring out the best in others? This article first appeared in Harvard Business Review.

The Overarching Importance of Leadership Credibility

People are bone-tired of leaders they don't feel they can believe. In a land where evasion is commonly the verbal currency of choice, straight talk, no matter its flavor, has powerful popular appeal.

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