Category Training and Development


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. 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 …


Don’t be The Seagull: Manager Blunder #8

 “Seagull managers fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, then fly out.”* OK.  I’ve done a little research and it appears that the term “Seagull Management” was actually coined by Ken Blanchard and Pat and Drea Zigarmi in *Leadership and the One Minute Manager.  Manager Blunder #8 is to fall off the …


Everyone is Replaceable

I have been putting off writing this post, because I am afraid that it will come off as mean.  And meanness is not really a leadership trait that I am advocating for.  But, I have arrived at #6 in the series on Top Ten Manager Blunders, which are: Expect your people to read your mind. …


And Onward with Manager Blunders: #5 – Be Like Me

As a manager it is so easy to expect team members to see what is obvious to us.  Isn’t common sense in fact common?  Apparently not. We all know that there are as many personalities and combinations of traits as there are human – each of us as different as a snowflake or a thumbprint.  …


What’s Your Point?

We all know that going off half cocked to give someone a piece of your mind rarely yields the desired results.  And yet, when the moment comes to give “developmental” feedback, we are rarely as prepared as we need to be.  Sure, we might think of ways to soften the blow, or come up with …

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