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When Performance Reviews Underperform
If you let subordinates select their own performance criteria, most of the time they will make the wrong choice. Get the best out of your employees by creating effective, high-quality performance criteria documents — here’s how.
Separating the Cream from the Crap
Want to gain cooperation, get the best out of your employees, and be a good leader? Just say “Yes” to Early Adopters, “No” and then “Bye” to Naysayers.
Pulling the Trigger
Often the greatest regret after you fire someone is that you didn’t do it earlier — sometimes it’s just better to fire sooner than later.
Silomastery and Mergermastery
Until you rise above the fray of WIIFM (“what’s in it for me”)-minded participants, everyone will put their needs above that of their company.
Lessons in Transparency: Part 2
Seeing is believing. And unless the changes you commit to are observable to you and the stakeholders who have a stake in your improving as a leader, they are no more than good intentions.
Lessons in Transparency: Part I
Get an inside peek into how a 45 minute intervention effectively injected a much-needed dose of transparency into the performance and functioning of one CEO
When Not to Lead
Lessons from George W: On succession planning, ego and being presidential.
Openness, Generosity, and Accountability
Where do those attributes fit in today’s bustling business world? Leaders at a recent conference learned firsthand.
Don’t Mess Up
There are 10 things that smart leaders do to help them cope — but those very actions could mess up their companies, careers, and lives.
Take the Hit
When champions and great leaders hit a wall and reach inside they come up with “heart.” When occasional winners and “not-so-great” leaders reach inside they come up empty.
Hooked on Consultants?
Get your habit under control with this 12-step program for dealing with consultants and avoiding extraneous fees.
What’s On Your Customer’s Mind?
It’s easier to persuade people to buy what they want than what you want them to want. So ask yourself these seven questions.
Communication is key to getting the results you want. Do you connect with people or do you push them away?
Grow Your Company Without Short-Changing Your Kids
Teach your children the three P’s: perspective, perseverance, and patience.
Why I Wouldn’t Want My Sister to Marry You, Part 2
Don’t let a focus on your business prevent you from giving your undivided attention to your family.
The Enspirational Leader
Motivating or inspiring employees isn’t enough. Great leaders must lift people up and give them direction as well.
Ten Self-Defeating Behaviors to Avoid
Want to Succeed at Work? First Step: Get Out of Your Own Way.
Lean and Clean
Take a look at your staff. It’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Betrothed to Telling the Truth
Why I wouldn’t want my sister to marry you.
Needed: Team Leader
Find the best people, then become the person they want to lead them.
Why Tiger Woods Doesn’t Cheat
How to be ethical and profitable.
Mickey Mouse Management
Disney’s challenges highlight the importance of the leaders a company has lost — and the leaders left behind.
Do You Have Achiever’s Disease?
A reader writes in, sharing a story of truly extreme leadership — and its down side.
Take the POP Quiz
What does POP mean to you? Find out and make your organization pop.
The PEP CEO Challenge
How strong is your pride, enthusiasm, and passion?
The Donald is back. It’s time to settle back into our easy chairs and watch the amusing, stimulating — and even educational — second season of the Apprentice.
My Dinner with a Bully
Coming face to face with an overbearing, win-at-all-costs blowhard can take courage. Recognizing those characteristics in yourself can take even more. (Fifth in a series.
Standing up to Those Who Don’t Do the Right Thing
Character is one of the four characteristics of successful leaders. Sometimes, expressing it can take the courage of your convictions. (Fourth in a series.
The Integrity-Based Business
Integrity is one of the four characteristics of successful leaders. And it’s important in every aspect of your business. (Third in a series.
What Would My Mentor Do?
Good judgment is one of the four characteristics of successful leaders. But how do you know what the right thing to do is — and when to do it? (Second in a series).
The CEO of the 21st Century
What are the qualities and characteristics that help create successful leaders? Consider this four-point plan.
Overcoming a Bad Case of the “Yips”
Instead of dealing with failure and frustration in self-defeating, self-destructive ways, take a tip from golf to become not just a winner, but a champion.