Monthly Archives: October 2013

Managers and Leaders: The Right Mix

Much fuss has been made about the difference between leaders and managers, but I’m starting to think there’s too much glorification of leadership and not enough attention on good managers. Leadership expert Professor Warren Bennis once said, “Leaders are people who do the right thing, managers are people who do things right.” Stanford University Management […]
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Effective Managers: How to Take Good Care of Managers

Managers are the single greatest factor in retaining employees (Gallup Organization, State of the American Workplace, 2012). Nurturing effective  managers is therefore crucial to building great companies. How can organizations take better care of their managers? CEOs should provide their effective managers with development opportunities and professional coaching. Having a coach helps effective managers build […]
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The 5 Mindsets of Great Managers

What does it take to be a really great manager? I’ve been writing about how important good managing is here and here. Maybe we need to focus on good old fashioned management and what’s needed to become a better boss. “No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It […]
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A Good Manager: 10 Ideal Roles Often Missed

What do good managers do? If you’re a busy manager, it’s hard to capture everything you actually do in one breath! Your days are fragmented and varied with constant interruptions. “No job is more vital to our society than that of the manager. It is the manager who determines whether our social institutions serve us […]
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In Search of Good Management

Have we lost sight of good management? Much has been written about the difference between leaders and managers. “Leaders are people who do the right thing,” note leadership experts Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith in Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader (Basic Books, 2003). “Managers are people who do things right.” “It […]
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Top 10 Sites to Track your Goals Online

I’ve been writing how to get your goals lately, here and here, and in particular about setting big, hairy audacious goals (BHAGS). Those are the kinds of goals that are exciting and challenging and they create a lot of energy. BHAGS are also the hardest to complete, because we often aren’t prepared for the difficulties […]
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How Your Goals Get SMARTER

How can you set smarter goals? If you’re going to spend your time, money, and efforts in pursuit of a worthy goal, make sure you write out your goals in some detail. People who excel at goal completion set themselves up for success. Many use the SMARTER goal setting system. “Personal success and organizational success […]
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Set a Big, Hairy Audacious Goal

Setting a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) can be exciting and energizing. Until, of course, it turns into hard work and sacrifice. “Goals are one of the most misused and abused concepts in business and life today. Quite often, they’re set but not met…. As a result, goal outcomes are often lowered until they are […]
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Effective Teams: High Accountability & Meaningful Metrics

I’ve been exploring what makes a team effective or not. I’ve noticed in some organizations where I coach, some teams work really well together and some don’t. What makes a real difference in teams? Effective Teams Have High Trust and Engagement Effective TEAMS Work Well with Thematic Goals What Makes a Great Team? Is Your […]
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Effective Teams Have High Trust and Engagement

I’ve been exploring what makes a team effective or not in previous posts here and here. I’ve noticed in some of the organizations where I coach, some team members work really well together and some don’t. What makes a real difference in teams? They all have high levels of trust with each other. And they […]
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