Month: July 2016

Why you shouldn’t fall prey to “reverse delegation”

About a year ago, I wrote a column for Profit Magazine – How to Stop Doing Employees’ Work For Them – about how not to fall into the classic leadership trap known as “reverse delegation”, which is the natural tendency that many leaders have to “help” a struggling employee by taking back a task that’s […]

When you set people up to fail, the pain lasts longer than you might think

Last month I got pulled over by local law enforcement and was issued a $310 ticket and a summons to appear in court.  The ticket was legitimate; after all I was (unbeknownst to me) driving around town with an expired registration.  But the whole mess caused me to ask the question: Are you (inadvertently) taking […]

Build a stronger working relationship with your boss by jointly setting priorities

For the last couple of posts, I’ve been talking about actions you can take to strengthen your working relationship with your boss.  Earlier this week, it was about building trust through consistency in behaviour and action.  Today I want to cover one final topic in this series – how to address conflicting priorities with the […]

Want a stronger relationship with your boss? Consistency builds trust

Last week I started a short series on definitive actions you can take to improve your working relationship with your boss with a post about tailoring your presentations.  Today I want to continue on that subject by highlighting the importance of consistency, both in the quality of the work you do for him or her, […]

Build a stronger working relationship with your boss by tailoring your presentations

In September 2013, I wrote a series of three blog posts focused on how to build a stronger working relationship with your boss.  Specifically, I covered keeping your boss informed, learning more about his style, and finding out her objectives.  So I thought I’d take another look at this important topic in the next three […]

Are your actions increasing or decreasing your value in the eyes of your stakeholders?

I read something the other day that gave me reason to pause and consider how my clients and other stakeholders value the services that I have to offer. You have likely heard of (and perhaps even used) the Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards Michelin stars for excellence […]