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Be a Leader, Not a Guard

I once worked for a manager who spent a lot of time “protecting” my colleagues and me instead of leading us. This manager worked for a leadership team who would not provide essential information, like budgets, in a timely manner. So our manager spent a lot of time meeting with us, saying a bunch of catchphrases, making empty promises, and guarding us from the leadership team. Our morale was low, our performance was weak, and we couldn’t figure out what to do with our days.

10 Things to Remember About Your Team Under Pressure

My supervisor came to me in a panic one day because a project waiting in the wings suddenly became top priority. I was instructed to drop everything, redirect everybody and all resources to this project, and be prepared to work ridiculous hours for the next couple of weeks. I said, “I can do that, but…

Your workplace is creating communication struggles

Part 1 of a 3-part series. One of the most common complaints I hear from team members (and some leaders!) is, “I’m not really allowed to ask for more details on this. Right?” This kind of common communication struggle is probably not your fault to begin with, but it is a problem YOU can fix.