Archive for JoelGarfinkle SmartBlogs

There is one thing, one talent that matters more than all of the training, titles and corner offices combined could lend to your ability to lead. It doesn’t matter if you’re a top executive or a junior admin – it can lend the same weight.

That skill is influence, and can also be practiced, honed and refined.[…] Continue Reading »

Genuine people live true to themselves. Researchers Michael Kernis and Brian Goldman define authenticity as “The unimpeded operation of one’s true or core self in daily enterprise.”

Authenticity stands in contrast to the “fake it until you make it” philosophy or the “act like others expect you to” way of fitting in. Is it your best option to be authentic or genuine in the workplace?[…] Continue Reading »

People dread performance appraisal time; rehashing a laundry list of missteps and shortcomings from the year is hardly a good time in anyone’s books. As managers, we know that frequent, in-the-moment feedback is more motivational, more effective and even more pleasant for our employees, but it’s a difficult habit to get into. It’s hard to make ourselves seize those opportunities, and even harder to be ready with the right wording, on the spot.[…] Continue Reading »

In the lifetime of any manager, there will be many difficult conversations. Whatever the reason — performance, behavior or bad news — it can be hard to know where to start in having that difficult talk with someone. Worse, when a situation arises, there isn’t always time to plan a strategy on how you’re going to tackle it.[…] Continue Reading »

It sometimes seems like the high achievers in business are superheroes. They have stellar work records, amazing families, healthy bodies and still have time left for charity work. You’re working hard to get ahead, but can’t seem to fit everything in. How are they doing it?

The answer: They probably aren’t, and you shouldn’t either. Even top executives make sacrifices.[…] Continue Reading »