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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Managing in Bureaucracies

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There’s some irony in the life of an organization. One the one hand, success leads to necessary growth in the organizational hierarchy and the overall amount of bureaucracy. On the other hand, that fact often erodes managers’ ability to feel empowered to make decisions.

Reclaiming your decision-making ability when needed is in many ways about fighting bureaucracy. The first tip this week addresses this challenge. Let’s be clear, no wildly successful person achieves success without locking horns with a few bureaucrats over policies. Not all tape is red, nor do all bureaucrats create roadblocks–but successful leaders see the difference and effectively manage tricky bureaucratic situations.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Choose to Become a Leader

Choose to become a leader

Leadership is not an exclusive club. Anyone can join.

Anyone includes introverts, too. In my first tip this week, we examine the fallacy that extroverts make better leaders than introverts. Sure, in some situations, an extrovert’s tendency to speak confidently and off-the-cuff can be very effective. But in others, an introvert’s tendency to carefully process thoughts before speaking may be exactly what’s needed.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Managing different types of employees: Management Tips

This week I’ll tackle a fun case: managing those employees who approach their jobs a bit differently than the rest. Say hello to your creative and technical teams.

In this week’s first tip we’ll address the creatives on your team. Creative professionals can be colorful, unique individuals; by nature they tend to view problems from different perspectives. Your real management challenge with creative professionals is nurturing and channeling their creativity while protecting them from team members who don’t understand their processes.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Learn from bad experiences: Management Tips

Learn from bad workplace experiences

It’s reality: Even our leaders can make mistakes. Working for some leaders can prove to be particularly challenging. It could be due to their questionable competence, sketchy ethics, or a generally bad attitude—but if these traits sound familiar, then you just may have the proverbial “bad boss.”

The good news is that you can learn a lot from a bad boss. If you aspire to run the department, or the organization, or even start your own company, then listen up! Great mentors will help you accelerate your growth, but bad examples around you can help even more. The negative emotions their behaviors stir up force us to pay attention. So take notes, be kind and cautious in response to their crazy behavior, and spend all the time you need to plot your escape. Soon enough, you’ll have your shot—and a long list of things you won’t do when you’re the new leader.

By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

The way you manage your projects and employees affects the productivity of your department—and company. Get ahead in 2014 with these tips to help you manage, motivate and resolve issues with employees and be a better manager.

1. Pick the right management style. There’s no single perfect way to manage, but there IS a management style that works best for your situation and team. Do you know how to choose the right one?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Improve your brainstorming: Management Tips

Improve your brainstorming

Civility and politeness are great traits to have in an office environment—but when it comes to brainstorming, they also undermine creativity in a group setting.

This week’s first tip turns brainstorming on its head. It’s often said that harnessing the power of combined ideas and conversation yields more creative results than the same number of people working alone, but it isn’t necessarily true. In fact, when groups fall victim to common brainstorming pitfalls, they aren’t any more creative than individuals. My first tip this week can help you and your team brainstorm successfully.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fueling Creativity: Management Tips

The business world has a long-standing love/hate relationship with the creative process. Managers regularly profess to embrace creativity, but they’ve usually been trained to avoid failure—and accepting and learning from failure is key to a successful creative process.

The good news is that a small but growing number of adventurous business professionals do recognize that failure must be embraced. They still value the need to work faster, smarter, and cheaper, but don’t run from failure or the lessons that can be learned from it. They accept that no great invention ever materialized out of thin air, but required attempts, trials, and experiments. Each failure provides valuable opportunities to teach us what we need to know in order to succeed. My first tip this week will help you understand how failure can become your best friend.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

First impressions matter: Management Tips

Let’s be clear. First impressions are unfair representations of people. When you see someone and make a snap judgment—which we all do—your judgment is based on worthless data. Likewise, when someone does that to you, they’re not getting to know the real you.

But first impressions matter. Important decisions—such as whether to hire you, promote you, or introduce you to potential clients—will be made based on the first impression you make.

The good news is that we can help! You can learn how to nail your first impressions by watching the first Management Tips video this week.

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