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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Solve Ethical Dilemmas at Work — with These Tools

Get tools to handle ethical dilemmas at work

Sad but true: We all face ethical dilemmas at work, and have to make decisions that will test our values.

Lots of experts have devised ethical decision-making models to help us, but many are complex or too theoretical.

In this week’s Management Tips, I’ll offer you a simple and practical way to find productive answers the next time you face an ethical dilemma.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Avoid the Peter Principle: Prep Your Employees for Promotion

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This week’s Management Tips episode addresses a damaging organizational reality: the Peter Principle.

Named after Laurence J. Peter, coauthor of a popular 1969 management book, the idea suggests that people rise to their level of incompetence.

In other words, successful people are often promoted. But the promotion is based on success in their current role—not necessarily their ability to be successful in the new role. Thus, they often fail in their new position.

By Izzy Gesell | Monday, September 29, 2014

Become a Better Leader — with Improv Theater Skills

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Becoming an effective leader is a challenging undertaking. Trying to map a success route from the myriad overlapping or contradictory leadership theories is like being on a journey where your GPS changes its mind every few miles.

But what if I told you that you can improve your leadership skills by practicing the skills used in improv theater?

It’s true. And I’m going to show you how.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Work with a Difficult Boss

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Here’s an uncomfortable but inevitable truth: Sooner or later, we all have to work for people we don’t like!

Hopefully, this won’t happen to you too often—and when it does, let’s hope it doesn’t last.

But when you’re in the middle of it, you need to know how to effectively navigate the situation.

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.

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