Take Command

The supportive and consultative styles of leadership are designed to create buy-in amongst your employees and to bring out the best of their abilities. However, these styles of leadership are not meant to be used all of the time. Some circumstances call for you to be...

Transform Your Work Group into a Team

Most managers know that a team is a group of employees working together towards a common goal. In practice, most managers lead work groups where the employees are a team in name only. The differences are significant. In a work group, employees focus on their own...

Create a Coaching Contract

Coaching is about helping employees think for themselves by actively listening and asking powerful questions, not telling them what to do or giving them the answers. However, not every employee wants to be coached and not every manager wants to spend time coaching....

Can You be the Boss and a Friend?

Many managers are faced with the dilemma of supervising friends and peers. They sometimes feel that they are in a position of having to choose between being a boss or a friend to their employees. Can a manager also be a friend to his/her employees? The short answer is...

Use Your Vacation Time!

Are you one of the 57% of Americans who does not use their total amount of vacation time? Regardless of which country you live in, significant numbers of employees are staying at work instead of using their allotted down time. The economy, personal finances and...