Conduct Objective Setting Meetings

Now is the time that managers are meeting with their employees to finalize this year’s performance objectives. A common mistake that many managers make is that they dictate their employees’ objectives instead of asking their direct reports for their input on the...

How to Win at Office Politics

Office politics is a reality in every organization; it will not go away because you don’t like to play the game. In any organization’s hierarchy, individuals want to be promoted, receive recognition, and influence people and events. At its core, office politics is...

Developing and Eroding Your Authority

Your authority as a manager comes from a variety of sources. Managers have formal authority by virtue of their position in the organization. Managers can also earn informal authority by virtue of their skills and expertise, personal values, and relationships. However,...

Does Your Team Have Ground Rules?

At the beginning of a project, a team leader will ensure that the scope of the project is defined, the deliverables are clear, and the required resources have been negotiated. However, most teams often neglect one of the most important ingredients of success; ground...