Get a Pay Raise or a Better Boss? Survey Says…

Ask yourself this question: If I gave my employees a choice between receiving a pay raise or me becoming a better boss, which would they choose? Chances are you’d probably say your employees would choose a pay raise, right? I mean, after all, who wouldn’t want more money? Taking a few liberties with the classic…

Stop Trying to Be Everything to Everyone—Making Distinctions between Managing, Coaching, and Mentoring

Managers who understand how to conduct useful management, coaching, and mentoring conversations can address the needs of their employees quickly and effectively. The challenge is knowing when each conversation is most appropriate. Without clear distinctions it is easy for these conversations to blend together and overlap. And once that happens, managers may find themselves attempting…

The Leader as Coach – 3 Common Traps to Avoid

A leader’s ability to coach effectively can really foster the development of the people they lead.  But like any leadership style, using a coaching style incorrectly has its drawbacks—especially if you are new to it.  Here are a few of the common mistakes. The leader does the heavy lifting.  To be effective, a coaching conversation…

Worried You Might Be Laid Off?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a fairly new manager for a giant tech company, with only one direct report.  Over the last year our upper management has been consolidating departments and flattening things out. I am pretty sure my direct report and I are going to be either folded into another group or let go altogether.…