Worried manager

Worried managerWhen most individuals envision what it would look like to assume a leadership role, they imagine the freedom to define a strategy that will garner success, the authority to make decisions, and the opportunity to develop and mentor others. Those are the exciting aspects of leadership that are often appealing to individual contributors. But the other side of that coin is the incredible responsibility that comes along with the title. You can’t have one without the other. But the issue of responsibility and accountability goes even further. Read More

Female leaders

Female leadersA few months ago, Forbes published their annual list of Top Female Business Leaders. In honor of those phenomenal examples of female leadership, we’re sharing our favorite leadership quotes from these powerful women:

  • Mary Barra—Chairman and CEO of GM

What I always say is, ‘Do every job you’re in like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, and demonstrate that ownership of it.’Read More

Conflict costs US businesses $359 Billion per year. For many, the thought of addressing team conflict proactively is enough to necessitate a mental health day.  Most leaders feel unprepared for addressing conflict in the workplace, which is not surprising given that 60% of employees have never received basic conflict resolution training.

Conflict itself is stress-inducing enough, but tackling the issue as a leader can feel like being asked to walk a tight rope while blind-folded. Before deciding how to address the conflict, it’s important to define which kinds of conflict are truly dangerous for the workplace. Let’s break down the good, bad, and ugly of workplace conflict.Read More

Today’s leaders don’t command and demand. They inspire and empower. They communicate a vision that enables each person to visualize the critical role they play in helping the organization achieve it’s mission. A powerful, inspirational leader helps everyone realize their “best self” and gives them the opportunity to shine every day. Here are 30 acts of empowerment a leader can deliver every day.Read More

Basketball image

Basketball imageIf you’re a college basketball fan, then March is the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time when fair-weather fans and die-hards alike spent hours pouring over statistics and injury reports in an effort to chase the elusive perfect NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket. Now, if you’re a manager or work in Human Resources, March may not seem so wonderful. Over 70 million individuals fill out tournament brackets annually. Studies say that March Madness is the #3 tech-related office distraction behind texting and Facebook.

March Madness has the potential to wreak havoc in an organization. Some researchers estimate that March Madness drives a loss of employee productivity and costs employers up to $4B annually due to time spent working on a bracket and watching the 1st round of games during work hours. That’s a tough number to swallow. Certainly, organizations could choose to block all sports-related sites and live-streaming services from the company internet, but unless they also confiscate all the smart phones, the problem persists.Read More

In the workplace era of “do more with less,” few leaders feel like they can realistically accomplish all of their goals during a normal 8-hour workday. In an effort to increase productivity and find more hours in the day, but not sacrifice time with the family, most leaders start stealing from themselves. First, the 15-20 minute breaks disappear, then lunch comes next.

I was recently coordinating calendars with a senior HR Manager whose only opening in the day was at noon. I suggested we postpone our meeting until another, less hectic, day. She said “That’s not necessary. I don’t take a lunch break. I haven’t taken a lunch break in 3 years.” In total shock, I blurted out “On purpose?” She seemed surprised by my reaction and explained that “When you get to my level, you just have to make some sacrifices.”

And she’s right. She is making sacrifices. According to research, by giving up lunch, she is sacrificing productivity and personal well-being.Read More