I would frequently do exit interviews with professional staff who resigned to take jobs elsewhere and was often astounded by some of the things I heard. "Did you ever mention this to anyone?" I would ask. Almost always the answer was no.
Martyrdom is good for those with saintly aspirations but if you've chosen a career in business, I'm guessing that's already a pretty unlikely goal. If you're not in a condition to come to work, please stay home.
In business -- just as in life, we have to accept that there are going to be some things that we do not have control over. But our attitudes, emotions and behaviors -- these are the things that we can influence.
We can deal with generational differences more effectively if we understand that Millennials are the product of the most educated parents in history. I get it; helicopter parents need to come down to earth. But get this, we involved parents are not going away.
Especially for individuals who have started a business and end up hiring employees and becoming managers, here are five simple myths of managing that will help you turn around the way that you supervise your employees.
It's never an ideal situation when you're stuck with an employee you cannot stand working with. Whether it's because of their work ethic or their character, sometimes you will realize you have an employee who you wish would just quit.
Employees perform at different levels, when on different teams, in different situations with different people. Why do so many leaders spend so little time looking for synergies on their teams and so much time looking at individual performance?
Given the uncertainty of the federal government budget and marketplace, we won't know the outcomes for these two companies until sometime next year. In fact it's quite possible that both managers will be forced to hunker down and shrink their company's footprints.
Part of a leader's job is to help employees connect to and relate to that value so that the company's mission becomes part of their own dream. Without that connection, employees will, at best, go through the motions.
Rejection often triggers painful emotional doubts about our own competence, so we either try to avoid it or pretend that it doesn't matter. A more constructive approach is to remember that rejection can be beneficial.
In my experience, there are plenty of people who prefer to work on their own without input, help or even interaction with others. Sometimes it's appropriate, however, most of the time, working in isolation just doesn't work.
Given these basic human dynamics, most of which are unconscious, it's often easier to talk to colleagues about what somebody else is doing wrong. At worst we'll get sympathy. At best, we'll convince someone else to take care of the problem.
Sometimes a promotion can suddenly change your relationship with co-workers from "peer" to "boss." It's not an uncommon scenario. However, when this happens it often creates an awkward and uncomfortable set of dynamics, and there's no blueprint for how to manage them.