Managers, Teach Your Team Members Resourcefulness

Delegation is one of the most often discussed topics in management.  In this article I’ll focus on one aspect of good delegation – teaching team members how to seek resources as they work on delegated tasks. Not coincidentally, I’ll be leveraging research published recently in the Academy of Management Annuals* to promote this idea. The researchers defined a resource as …

Great Managers have Big Ears

It’s been said a hundred thousand times – managers must know or learn how to listen to their team members. There it is. I put it right out here in the first line. If you’re going to be in charge of others, do them the courtesy of listening to what they have to say.  How else are you going to …

You’ve Set Your Team Goals, Now What?

The inspiration for my thoughts today come from our lovely puppy Eleanora. A standard poodle. We call her Elly. Here she is relaxing on the couch on a cold winter morning, not a care in the world.  Last month Elly and I spoke about setting a team goal of not getting up on the couch. I walked into my den …