For whatever reason, we generally take a very casual approach to email -- which is a huge mistake. We say private things, criticize people and otherwise write emails thinking they will never been seen publicly. Nothing could be further from the truth.
With the advent of the Information Age and increasingly rapid waves of technological change, the Alpha model of doing business -- top-down, command-and-control leadership like an army led by a commander whose orders flow in only one direction -- is on its way out.
Ethics is about actions -- not what we say, but what we do -- often in the heat of the moment, in opportunities that can further our cause even at the expense of others, and vulnerable to the pressures around us.
What can you do to learn the ropes of your newly acquired and complex role? What kind of manager are you going to be? The answer has a lot to do with what kind of person you are, and the culture of your workplace.
While social business is not a silver bullet for entrepreneurs looking to extend the span of their limited marketing budget, it offers valuable best practices that can guide business owners in building scalable and recognizable brands.
"I sometimes do still have that sort of intimidated girl in me, but the thing is, as founder and CEO, I have this inherent self-confidence because I know the buck stops with me. I don't really need to be threatening for people to understand that I have the power to make decisions."
With one or several subgroups operating, more focus can be directed on even the smallest of work areas. This allows the board to concentrate on the bigger issues and determine the best final decisions.
Delegation shouldn't be looked at only as a means for get things done. It has great potential as a teaching tool at all levels of an organization. It recognizes employees as being capable of responsibility, and creates team players.
In many companies today, performance appraisals are all about what is going wrong. That should be turned around, so that there is more of a conversation of what is going right, and if it isn't, how that can be fixed.