Fixing Micromanagers: How to manage your manager without telling them to F*** Off

I can’t take the “On this bullet you need to change this word to this one instead.” micromanaging conversations. Seriously, who can learn to do something better next time if all the feedback you get is at the “capitalization of a letter” level? Don’t you want to just tell micromanagers to just go do it themselvesContinue reading “Fixing Micromanagers: How to manage your manager without telling them to F*** Off”

Need Ideas for Soft Skills Training? Ice Breaker Games for Teams

I wish I knew who introduced the idea that team building activities would solve team problems. It just isn’t an easy or fast way to build relationships with your coworkers or mend past tussles. What these activities are good for is for new teams that don’t know anything about each other. You don’t need toContinue reading “Need Ideas for Soft Skills Training? Ice Breaker Games for Teams”

3 Types of Stellar Employees: The Cheater, the Suck-up, and the Juggler

Okay, so you’re not a manager of any kind. There are some employees that stand out. You notice them. You know who they are and for a good reason. I think there are three types of employees that take the word “worker” to a different level. The Cheater Knowing how to cut corners is notContinue reading “3 Types of Stellar Employees: The Cheater, the Suck-up, and the Juggler”

3 Tactics to Make Your Client Happy and Keep Them From Getting Upset

One of the age old difficulties of working with other teams outside your own is that they have no prior context of your abilities. There is no trust built and even though you are working together, you aren’t on the same team yet. How can you bridge that gap and help them feel confident thatContinue reading “3 Tactics to Make Your Client Happy and Keep Them From Getting Upset”

How to Give Better Feedback That Might Actually Be Implemented Next Time

I was given some of the best feedback on my speaking and presentation skills last week during a training program. The feedback giver was able to put into words how the audience perceived me, my ability to react to participant on the fly, and my manner as the expert in the room. I was happyContinue reading “How to Give Better Feedback That Might Actually Be Implemented Next Time”