The In-Director

Nobody really wants to be bossed around all the time.  And nobody wants to be thought of as bossy. I won’t even try to go into the gender implications of bossiness, (speaking as a woman who has been called bossy, aggressive and overly ambitious simply for showing evidence that I have a brain in mixed …


Get a Boundary

Employees can feel it when they have a “nice” manager who really isn’t really in charge.  And, in the end, it makes them feel unsafe.  Dr. Henry Cloud literally wrote the book on this topic, but we have created a cast of characters to represent the offending boundary-less habits that can undermine the good manager. …


The Blog series on 10 Manager Blunders really started something big.  For starters it became clear that there aren’t really only 10.  But it is also clear that mistakes fall into one of two categories: a. A manager or leader is a bad leader because she is overly focused on her own success and/or the …


Manager Blunder #10: Oh, Shut Up

Our final installment on Manager Blunders – though I have received so much email on this topic, I may extend to 20 – complaining.  Dictionary.com defines it thus: com·plain    [kuh m-pleyn] 1. to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure,resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor. 2. to tell of one’s pains, ailments, etc.: to complain of a backache. In our family it is OK to say something once, but if you don’t do anything to change the …

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