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More than 50,000 books are published per year on leadership — how to be an effective leader, how to grow into being a leader if you’re not one, what qualities constitute a good leader. And it’s not just books — there are websites, magazines, blogs, training seminars, not to mention graduate degrees from major universities.
Madeline is sitting in her boss’s office, patiently waiting for his full attention so she can preview a client presentation she has to deliver tomorrow. Meanwhile Rob, her boss, is sending a text on his smart phone. Before he’s finished with that, the computer pings, signaling an incoming e-mail that Rob says he must answer immediately. He interrupts that process to grab a ringing phone and finally waves Madeline away, mouthing “I’ll catch you later,” as she backs out the door.[…] Continue Reading »
In many workplaces today, there seems to be a reward for looking busy. The more overwhelmed you are, the bigger your payoff.
But what is the real payoff? If you’re a chronic rusher, a confirmed multitasker, what’s your reward? Perhaps more important, what is the quality of work you’re producing? And what, if anything, should you do about it?[…] Continue Reading »
You look at your calendar and realize it’s performance appraisal time. Dread sinks like a rock into the pit of your stomach. It’s a tossup as to who hates performance appraisals more—the giver or the receiver. So here’s a radical idea: ditch the performance appraisal altogether. Instead, make performance appraisal an ongoing activity, and focus on coaching and training rather than critique or criticism.[…] Continue Reading »
“So much to do, so little time.”
Sure, it’s a cliche, but it’s also a pretty accurate description of how many of us operate on a daily basis. We walk fast, talk fast, think fast. We multitask, answering e-mails while sitting in a staff meeting, making phone calls while we munch on a sandwich we don’t even taste.[…] Continue Reading »