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Without the Power to Make a Difference, There is Little Incentive to Participate

May 17th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Business Management, Effective Leadership, Improving Your Business Leadership

The essence of power is not the power itself, but in the license it grants the holder of power to make a difference and influence the outcome of any situation. Many in business seem to believe that the accumulation and retention of power is the objective of the game, but that misses the point. Power […]

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The Secret to the Joy of Firing Someone

May 10th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Business Ethics, Business Management, Effective Leadership, Improving Your Business Leadership

How to make firing someone cathartic for you and the one fired Donald Trump may take perverse joy in scowling “You’re fired!!” on his mindless reality show, The Apprentice, but unremorsefully humiliating an employee is not a perk for being boss, it’s an imbecilic caricature of what a businessman should be. The truth is that the […]

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Grading Employees Fails the Grade

May 3rd, 2015 · 20 Comments · Building Better Business Managers, Business Management, Effective Leadership, Employee compensation, Improving Your Business Leadership

The traditional method of employee “performance reviews” has not only lost its effectiveness (if it ever was), it has become counterproductive. I don’t know about you, but for me it made no difference whether I was the “reviewer” or the “reviewee,” the ritual of the annual job “performance review” always struck me as akin to evaluating […]

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