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Manager Tools: Episodes

Learn to ask your directs, "What do YOU think?" when they come to you with problems. THAT is the simple way to develop their skills – have them learn new ones.
How many people the average manager can supervise, and what rules to apply when creating team sizes.
Don't vote against a plan or decision if you're the only one doing so, unless it's for ethics or principles (and it usually isn't).
Don't vote against a plan or decision if you're the only one doing so, unless it's for ethics or principles (and it usually isn't).
The best way to help colleagues and fellow managers with their employees is to insist on behaviors. But most managers don't think this way.
How To Document Performance - Part 2.
How To Document Performance.
The conclusion of our series on how to write a simple job description.
How to write a simple job description.
Assume positive intent when analyzing the actions of others, especially directs.
Announcement of Changes to the Career Tools Interviewing Series
Certain emails DO justify reading them with some urgency. The key is keeping a very short list.
Never ask how a project is going. You'll get information that isn't helpful…and it's your fault. Ask for status, and define what status is.
Announcement of Changes to Manager Tools and Career Tools Personal Licenses
This guidance recommends extending short coaching deadlines when your directs show that they can meet them, and keeping deadlines flexible based on performance.
This guidance describes how to communicate lateness for one's responsibilities.
This guidance concludes our series on how to rollout the DiSC Behavioral Instrument to your team.
This guidance describes how to rollout the DiSC Behavioral Instrument to your team.
Executives are often vague or indirect in giving feedback. One way they do so is to say, "You might want to think about..."
The conclusion of our recommendation of using Visual Record-Keeping for meetings that require collaboration and discussion about future plans and discussions (versus historical discussions like status reporting).
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