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How to Know If You Are a Micromanager

May 9, 2017 2:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Micromanagement is excessive oversight of an employee’s work. When a manager hovers, it causes the employee to feel mistrusted to competently do the work assigned. It can tear down motivation since having autonomy is highly valued by most employees. Below are listed the telltale signs of micromanagement. Identify those that you frequently display to determine if you are slipping into…

Three Performance Management Blind Spots Leaders Should Avoid

January 24, 2017 2:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Managing staff member performance is challenging at best. Individuals come to work with a variety of skills, attitudes, and experiences that require leaders to be adept at adapting to varying needs by using customized approaches. One size does not fit all. Because performance management is complex and time consuming, it is easy for leaders to be blindsided by engaging in…

4 Behaviors Leaders Often Reward, but Shouldn’t

October 2, 2015 2:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you mindful of what you are reinforcing when you reward staff behavior? Are you sure it is really what you want to reinforce? Remember this important principle: People tend to do more of the behaviors for which they are rewarded. Don’t find yourself inadvertently incenting your staff to utilize the following problematic behaviors. 1. Busy Work It might look…

How to Effectively Delegate to Get the Outcomes You Really Want

August 9, 2015 7:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To do it right, delegating should be done intentionally and thoughtfully. Randomly handing out assignments does not make for good results or happy staff members! Good delegation is at the heart of empowerment and requires giving away, not only work assignments, but also authority to make decisions. Poor delegation practice is at the core of micromanagement. Use these guidelines to…

Succession Planning: Do’s and Don’ts

June 9, 2015 7:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What happens if you or other key players in your organization leave? Better job offers, retirements, extended illness, or unanticipated death can cause undue chaos if succession plans are not in place. Yet, many organizations fail to create them, at great expense to their business outcomes and the staff who struggle to fill the gaps. Consider, when developing succession plans,…

5 Overlooked Ways to Motivate Your Staff

March 9, 2015 7:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Motivation is a complex topic. Because each employee has differing needs and drives, one size doesn’t fit all. Yet, everyone has a handful of basic desires: to make a contribution, to feel part of something meaningful, and to be acknowledged. Sometimes leaders forget to utilize those fundamental principles to create a motivating work environment. Here are some things you can…

How to Give Constructive Criticism with 5 Essential Steps

August 21, 2014 3:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes leaders have to be critical in an attempt to improve a situation created by staff, colleagues, or upper level leaders. How the message is delivered can make the difference between a productive conversation and a damaged relationship. Use this template to guide your thinking as you craft what you want to say when constructive criticism is necessary. 1. Describe…

3 Outmoded Leadership Practices You Should Reconsider Now

July 24, 2014 3:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s easy to cling to old, comfortable ways of leading that no longer make sense, once you pause to reflect. Ongoing research and current best practices teach us that it is time to discard the old and bring in the new. Consider these out-of-date practices and update your approach. 1. Using Old School Language Leaders give confusing, inconsistent messages when…