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When It's Time to Ignore Your Boss

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

When your boss is not looking out for your best interests or the company's, it is time to go "transparent rogue" -- and do the right thing.

The Product Manager Owns the Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Have you ever worked with an awesome product manager? If so, you know that she set the vision for the product and managed the day-to-day activities of the team. She was at the epicenter of every decision and knew all the cross-functional team members like they were family. She managed the "whole" product.

Keep Your Faraway Team Closeby With These 6 Tips From Remote Managers

Savvy | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

The benefit to remote workers is obvious: flexible time. Widely distributed teams benefit their companies with 24/7 workflow, which in turn benefits clients, who have nearly immediate answers for their questions.

How to Be a Leader When You Are Not the Leader

Alex Budak | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

The story of leadership is often told through the lens of a single leader and a singular act -- Martin Luther King rallying crowds at the Lincoln Memorial; Eleanor Roosevelt leading the creation of the declaration on human rights; Henry Kissinger setting foot in Beijing.

3 Things Leadership Is NOT

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

pundits, to convention keynoters, to sports team coaches, everybody claims to want a cadre of leaders to carry out their mission.

Converting Excuses Into Learning Experiences

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

In reviewing performance, actual versus budget results, or the accomplishments of a new project, when there is a deviation from the desired, i.e. when then there is mistake, people give you an explanation why it happened and believe they are off the hook.

4 Unexpected Leadership Lessons from My Pontoon Boat

Mitch Causey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Mitch Causey

A 24-foot long, Sylvan Special Edition pontoon boat with a 115-horse Johnson outboard is where I spend most of my Sundays. My wife and I decided to take the plunge and acquire our first boat in May this year. Since then, our baby has been in the shop twice, been towed once, and proven that boat truly does stand for "Break Out Another Thousand."

8 Things To Do (And Not Do) When Things Go Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that moments of foul will happen, and do your best to deal with it in a way that doesn't damage you or others. And know that, no matter what, the foul will pass.

5 Risks Every Leader Should Take

Timothy Parsons | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Timothy Parsons

I believe that these are risks that, if taken, will help you become a better leader. There may be some times when you take these risks and fail...maybe even miserably. But, if you never take them, you'll never know. And, I think that these risks will more often lead to success than failure.

The Future of Business

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Disengaged workforces. Water shortages. Financial oligarchies. Climate change. Charismatic leadership. Mass migration. Wealth inequality.

5 Reasons People May Not Be Following Your Leadership

Timothy Parsons | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Timothy Parsons

There are times throughout a leader's tenure that they must look behind them and see if anyone is following. We've probably all known "leaders" who were leaders in name only. Losing your influence often does not happen quickly but, rather, happens over a period of time.

Why You Should Never Work at a Startup

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

As a graduating senior, you have put time and energy into success. You studied hard, got the right grades, and will earn your degree from one of the world's most prestigious universities. You can do anything -- what choice will you make next?

How to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce and Not Go Totally Insane

Janice Celeste | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Janice Celeste

Managers are forewarned not to ignore the differences of each generations' characteristics. Best practice is to conduct regular training sessions for all employees and to require supervisors to attend multigenerational management training.

Managers Who Motivate Rather Than Demoralize

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

I've never met a manager who intended to demoralize their staff. Many do. But that's not their intention. In talking with them or those who report to them, what surfaces are habits, attitudes, practices, and skill deficiencies that lead their employees to disrespect, disengage, and decide to leave them for more pleasant environments.

The Soft Skills Gap: Growing Steadily From Gen X to Y to Z

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

Since 1993, I've been tracking generational change in the workplace and its impact on organizations, especially the impact on supervisory relationships. Based on two decades of research, I can report that the overwhelming data points to a steady diminution in the soft-skills of young people in the workplace from Gen X to Gen Y to Gen Z.

Why Every Successful Person Has a Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

If you don't have a roadmap you are likely to suffer. The challenges of life make it easy to lose your way or whip-saw yourself in different directions. And when you do your progress towards your next step and your long-term target will be stunted.

2015 State of Sales -- Data-Driven, Mobile, Tech Savvy and Collaborative

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Precision selling cannot be achieved without use of analytic, mobile, social and cloud technologies.

Who Are the Most Productive and Energized Workers? Maybe Not Who You Think!

Douglas LaBier | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Douglas LaBier

What fuels the energy and excitement that's visible among people who are highly engaged and productive at work? Is it something about what they bring to their careers to begin with? The management culture they experience? Or, are those qualities found mostly among the young, because of youthful energy, as some surveys indicate?

There's No Business Like Live Business

Damian Bazadona | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Damian Bazadona

Think of the people behind the scenes trying to push the VMAs along when Kanye West gave his 13-minute acceptance speech/monologue/candidacy announcement. Those folks were sweating, adjusting through numerous timelines that changed minute to minute.

Dysfunctional Participation

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

It is not the first time I've encountered this corporate practice: workers invited to participate in the management of a corporation. In my experience, instead of this tactic increasing productivity and morale, it only increases expenses and paralyzes the company.

The 5 Cs of Digital Marketing

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

"Whether B2B or B2C, I believe passionately that good marketing essentials are the same. We all are emotional beings looking for relevance, context an...

That'll Do, Pig: If You Care About Excellence, Stop Over-Praising

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Spencer Critchley

In a meeting of nonprofit leaders the other day, I heard an executive praise some recent work done by his staff as "amazing" and "incredible." I hear this kind of thing so often that, normally, it hardly registers -- it's become the equivalent of someone saying "thank you."

Leave the C.V. Behind: Hire for These 6 Traits Instead

Alex Budak | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

It may be scary to leave the tradition of resumes and C.V.s behind. But once you do -- and instead focus on these six characteristics -- you'll start hiring the right type of people. And more importantly your team won't just look good on paper -- it will be great in real life.

7 Ways Businesses Can Surf the Silver Tsunami and Survive

Janice Celeste | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Janice Celeste

The Silver Tsunami refers to the takeover of an aging workforce. By 2020, 25 percent of the United States workforce will be comprised of workers age 55 and older. For the first time in history, there will be four generations of employees in the workforce.

Why Jargon Has Prevailed: Consultants, MBAs, and the Management Scientists

Phil Simon | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Phil Simon

Over the years, many critics have attacked Taylor's theory. Today you're unlikely to meet one of his acolytes, but Taylor remains an influential if controversial figure a century after his death. Perhaps Taylorism's crowning achievement was that it represented the earliest known attempt to apply science to the field of management. Even now this is an open debate: Is management a true science?