good management

can I signal to my employee that I realize our boss sucks?

A reader writes: I’m wondering how to handle a situation as a relatively new manager. I currently have just one direct report, Charles. About a year ago, we got a new president at our mid-size nonprofit. The new president, Sam, was apparently hired for his expertise in the field and definitely not in managing an […]

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how to get people to take more ownership over their work … so that you’re not in charge of every damn thing

Managers often complain that they wish their staff members would take more ownership over their realms so that the burden of thinking and planning and spotting potential problems didn’t all fall to them, the managers … while simultaneously doing things that pretty much guarantee that will never happen. If you want people to take more ownership over their […]

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my new hire has past bad blood with another new hire

A reader writes: I lead on HR for a small (less than 50 people) company. It’s a very laid-back, friendly environment and employees frequently socialize. About a month ago, we brought on a new hire, Aidan, who has been doing really well–he loves the company, his team and manager love him, all good. We have […]

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as a manager, do I need to hide my stress from my employees?

A reader writes: I work a fairly high-stress management position at a regional theater company. It’s the kind of position that comes with frequent six-day weeks, not a huge paycheck, a lot of customer interface, and the responsibility of a regularly shifting staff of seasonal employees. I’m young for the position, but certainly qualified and […]

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how to get your staff to be more honest with you

Part of the power of having a team is that you get the benefit of multiple perspectives and ideas. But to really take advantage of that benefit, you need your staff to be willing to speak up and tell you what they really think – even if it’s different from your opinion or if it […]

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how to help a staff member be more confident

Employees who lack confidence are less likely to take initiative, generate new ideas, or act decisively when it’s needed. So as a manager, it’s important to build up team members’ confidence. You don’t want to give people false bravado, of course, but you do want to give them confidence in the skills and instincts they […]

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