Insubordination Must Go

Do you know what insubordination is? Do you think your managers do?

It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? Such hierarchical language, hinting at dominance and submission. It all seems so out of place for today’s workforce. “You are my subordinate, I am your superior. You must act submissively, or I shall charge you with insubordination.”

Except that’s […]

By |2020-11-05T14:26:10+00:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Innovation Needs a Safe Space

In Silicon Valley, people see failure as a necessary part of innovation. If you don’t fail, you’re not taking the risks that can lead to a breakthrough. You’re not risking enough little things to come up with the next big thing.

This is true not only in Silicon Valley, but across the country and across industries. […]

By |2020-10-21T20:44:08+00:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , |0 Comments

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I was Promoted

Read this post on Business Insider.

 

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Do you think you might be a dick […]

By |2020-10-21T21:06:48+00:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to Stop Hiring Lousy Managers

Every company has outstanding managers. These are the people who lead happy, productive teams, who easily motivate others and inspire innovation. They wear leadership like a comfortable sweater.

If you take a moment, you can probably name a few of these excellent managers in your organization.

And that’s the problem. There are only a few, and they […]

By |2020-10-02T18:01:32+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Just Hit ’em Harder

We love our rules, don’t we? They’re important to us because we feel that by regulating the behavior of others, we are safer, healthier and richer. After all, isn’t civilization simply a system of rules and consequences?

So, we apply the same thinking to the workplace. There are rules about what time to show up, how […]

By |2020-10-21T21:09:54+00:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

It’s Good to Be the Boss

Why is it so great to be a manager? Because finally, after all those years of butt-kissing, pride swallowing, teeth clenching agony, it’s your turn on top. You’re the boss now. What you say goes.

It’s time for people to kiss your butt and fear your wrath. And it’s time for you to get your hands […]

By |2020-10-21T21:10:37+00:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Us vs Them Contractors

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s now-famous comments about the Kenosha Guard Facebook page that violated the company’s terms – that “the contractors” had failed to remove the page – drew a lot of flack.

Many people feel Facebook should be more vigilant. And of course that’s correct. But there is a larger problem here.

By blaming “contractors” for […]

By |2020-10-21T21:10:51+00:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stop Paying Your Dues and Start Paying Attention

Though it hasn’t been relevant for a couple of decades, the old notion of “paying your dues,” is alive and well.

There are probably two reasons it’s still with us. First, it’s a way of making young workers stop complaining about the unrewarding, difficult crap they have to do.

Tired of fetching coffee for the boss? It’s […]

By |2020-10-21T21:11:43+00:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments