Archive | 2010

Grading My 2010 Resolutions

How did I do with my tongue-in-cheek 2010 New Year’s resolutions? Here’s a report card: 10. Less BlackBerry reading; more blackberry eating Fail. I read more BlackBerry emails than I ate blackberries. 9.  Avoid 2010 meaning that I traveled to 20 cities on 10 airlines Partial credit. 16 cities on 6 airlines. 8.  Leverage twitter…

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The Poison of Power

There is an old saying that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s a catchy phrase that might be true. Researchers have shown that power – even artificial power – causes people to change their behavior. Stanford Professor Deborah Gruenfeld describes, When people feel powerful, they stop trying to ‘control themselves.’ What we think…

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7 More Tips For New Managers

After the discussion around my 7 tips for new managers, I decided to add a few more: 8. “Do unto others” Treat employees the way that you would want to be treated.  Never ask an employee to do something that you wouldn’t do yourself. 9. “Turn chickens into pigs” During bacon and eggs breakfasts, the chicken…

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Mentor or Sponsor?

Mentors, take note. You might not be doing your job. A 2008 Catalyst survey of 4000 high-potential men and women who graduated from top MBA programs revealed that women were paid nearly $5000 less in their first post-MBA job, had lower-level positions, and reported significantly less career satisfaction. (For more findings, see the HBR article “Women…

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Quick Guide to Performance Management

After many years as a performance management enthusiast, I sometimes forget how much confusion there still is around the topic. Since I’m a big believer that standardized language helps reduce confusion, I’ve decided to summarize some of my deeply held beliefs on performance management: An objective describes what you want to accomplish. For example, ‘win…

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Does Language Influence Culture?

We all use language to express our thoughts. But new research suggests that inherent structures in languages shape our thoughts without us realizing it. In fact, differences in languages seem to impact how people act and interpret their surroundings. Lera Boroditsky, professor of psychology at Stanford University and editor in chief of Frontiers in Cultural…

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Do bosses have the illusion of control?

Stanford University management professor Bob Sutton has written extensively about the impact of bad bosses in the workplace.  I blogged about his book “The No Asshole Rule” and have been using his litmus test ‘Do people feel more or less energized after they talk to you?’ as guidance since I first heard him describe it. …

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