Focus on Team Optimization, NOT your Low Performers

One of the driving forces of innovation in Silicon Valley is not the one or two geniuses roaming around the campus of a Google of Facebook. Software engineers in The Valley are encouraged to work together because studies show groups tend to innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems.

High-Performing Jerks in the Office

Sitcom producers have made millions by capitalizing on the person in the office all of us love to hate. You know the person I'm talking about-the high performing jerk. The one no one likes but everyone caters to. The person everyone secretly wishes could be taken out by a hitman but would never say that out loud. So what do you do when you have a high performing jerk in the office?

Being too close to your employees can backfire

Over the years, leadership books, blogs and podcasts have encouraged leaders to form close relationships with their teams as another linchpin in organizational efficiency. But what if being too close to your employees can backfire? A recently published research article in the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggests that it could. The research is based on … Continue reading Being too close to your employees can backfire

The Effects of Politics in an Organization

As the nation continues to struggle through the government shutdown, the two "leaders" with the power to end it have begun playing political games at the expense thousands of governmental employees' lives. Recent events have brought the awful effects of politics in an organization. Pelosi fired the first shot citing the shutdown as a reason … Continue reading The Effects of Politics in an Organization

Do your team a favor-GET RID OF THE LOSER!

You most likely read that title and immediately had someone come to mind didn't you?The loser. They are the drag on your team, the ones who complain and stir shit up or just suck the energy out of your high performing team. Losers are not necessarily bad people, they just do not belong on your … Continue reading Do your team a favor-GET RID OF THE LOSER!

Working for a Manager vs Working for a Leader

In case you haven't noticed in previous posts, I have a thing against managers. Notice I said managers and not leaders. You never hear people refer to Steve Jobs as a great manager do you? Or that a president was nominated to be the Manager of the Century. There is a distinct difference in working … Continue reading Working for a Manager vs Working for a Leader

What to do when you have a toxic manager on your team

DISCLAIMER: This is in NO way a political post.  I do not identify myself as a Republican or Democrat. When I first saw this tweet, I thought to myself, "Surely this is a fake."  With all of the hoopla in the political scene, I tend to be cynical when I see anything that's too far … Continue reading What to do when you have a toxic manager on your team

The Acceptable Way to Get Mad at Work

Most of us spend more time at work than we do anywhere else, so why is it so surprising that work can make us so angry?   While building your business or your career, you are often judged more on how you handle tough situations versus how you handle the easy ones.  You cannot afford … Continue reading The Acceptable Way to Get Mad at Work

How to have a Tough Conversation

"I hate having these types of conversations...." This was the start of a mentoring role-play I had with someone outside of work not to long ago. She was nervous about a conversation she needed to have with a close friend about how her feelings were hurt by some recent events. Although I disagreed with the … Continue reading How to have a Tough Conversation

What Leaders Can Learn from The Costa Concordia Tragedy

The Costa Concordia was Europe's largest-ever cruise ship when it launched in 2006, however, not a lot is being said about that now with the ship being on the rocks.  Considering the age with high tech GPS and mapping systems,it is pretty hard to believe something like this could happen.  Furthermore, it is more than … Continue reading What Leaders Can Learn from The Costa Concordia Tragedy