“Do these pants make me look fat?” In an effort to avoid being considered impolite or rude, you may be trying to avoid embarrassment or awkwardness on the part of the other person. That can result in your being less than honest. But if you soften the truth —
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You can’t undo months of neglect or poor treatment. You can’t magically erase the challenges you were facing while everyone was holding on with their fingernails. But you CAN do some of the things that matter, because they matter now:
Competing for air-time is a professional sport. We compete to get our ideas heard, to win the argument, and to clarify our points. More often than not, people interrupt each other to maximize their air-time. (Presidential debates aside!)
The last stage of your Project Team’s existence is not the implementation of the project. It’s not the bow during applause, and it isn’t even measuring the all-important ROI.
Once upon a time (also known as the ‘old days’), companies operated from the top down. The boss told you what to do, and you did it. Today, employees don’t often wait for the boss to make the decision. And many bosses want people to feel empowered and take more initiative. With the pressures and constraints my clients are working with today, employees need to work together with the boss, not simply for the boss.
Do you think that you will end up acting like a jerk if you are confident? If you have the skills to do something, why wouldn’t you have the belief in yourself to perform successfully?
Mentoring is not a new thing. It’s been around as long as there have has been workplaces. Do you mentor? Do you have a mentor? Do you have multiple mentors? Are you getting what you need, had hoped, want – from the relationship?
An essential skill to managing well is delegation. The problem is that many managers think they can do a better job if they just do the task themselves.