Management

Scary Schedule? How to Regain Control Of Your Calendar

Scary Schedule? How to Regain Control Of Your Calendar

This post first appeared on Forbes.com. “My calendar is out of control! I have so many meetings that I can’t get my work done.” This sentiment has become increasingly common among managers and leaders. The need to work collaboratively and cross-functionally has led to...

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Grading on a Curve Undermines Performance

Grading on a Curve Undermines Performance

Microsoft offers a lesson on how not to conduct performance reviews. Its evaluation process, called "stack ranking" -- essentially grading on a curve -- has had a disastrous effect on morale, performance, and innovation, reports Kurt Eichenwald in "How Microsoft Lost...

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Mentoring Others Pays Off

Mentoring Others Pays Off

Mentoring and coaching others turns out to be more than just good Karma. A recent study of high-potential employees, Leaders Pay it Forward, found that those who mentored or coached less experienced colleagues advanced their careers and earned more than their peers...

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Making the Most of Your Offsite

Making the Most of Your Offsite

Three days of togetherness doesn't make up of 362 days of overwork. And all the rah-rah "team building" in the world is no substitute for listening to and acknowledging your employees. To be effective, an off-site employee retreat must address the needs of the...

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Law School Grads — Where Did Our Drive Go?

Law School Grads — Where Did Our Drive Go?

  "I don't expect to love my job. There's a reason they call it 'work.' That's why they pay me for it," my friend said to me at lunch yesterday. She is a senior associate at a big San Francisco law firm, and like many in her position, she is overworked and...

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What Are The Hard Questions?

What Are The Hard Questions?

  On my home page I refer to "hard questions," but what do I mean? Hard questions are the ones that we politely avoid most of the time. They are the questions that, when asked, upset the apple cart, demand that we change. They challenge assumptions, require...

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