Leadership

Smart Managers Don’t Play Monkey in the Middle

Do you remember playing that kid’s game, Monkey in the Middle where you were caught between two people (in my case, taller, older, teasing siblings) trying to catch what was being tossed back and forth? It was frustrating and often futile.

I was reminded of this game recently by a client’s situation. The middle manager I coached really did feel frustratingly stuck in the middle. On the one hand, she had a team of professionals who were fatigued, unmotivated and disempowered.

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Inspired by Curiosity (and the teams at NASA)

The first week of August 2012 was inspiring in many ways. We’ve been watching Olympic athletes give it their all. Then, last night NASA’s space lab/rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars and began to beam images to earth. This sounds easier than it was, as the scientists and engineers involved called the landing on the Red Planet “7 minutes of terror.”(To see why, watch NASA’s explanatory video on YouTube called “Challenges of Getting to Mars”.)  It’s great when we can look at what’s happening in the world and focus on being inspired instead of being disenchanted.

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Building Trust at Work – It’s not as easy as it looks.

Lately I’ve been hearing about the significant role of trust in the workplace: People follow leaders that they trust. High-performing teams trust each other.  New-comers must quickly spot allies and enemies – so they know who to trust.

Trust is one of those slippery conceptual words that evokes all kinds of emotional reactions. I think that’s because so many people carry personal stories of work place pain and betrayal. What is more insulting than to say someone “can’t be trusted”?  If you are gossiping,

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How Much Time Should You Spend on Work?

How much should you work?
By Jill Malleck, OD Consultant & Coach (February 2007)

Finding the perfect balance between work and life continues to elude us. You don’t have to search far to find studies showcasing the negative health impacts of working too much. Still, successful and well-regarded companies expect to see results faster and faster. Dedicated employees are taking their laptops home, reading their mobiles at dinner and finishing projects on the weekends. And, the question about what constitutes the right amount of work creates organizational stress.

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When your past catches up to you

by Jill Malleck

I had a great experience this week when I received a last minute invite to the 25th anniversary of the local chaper of IABC (International Assn. of Business Communicators). Seemed someone told them I was on the original Board.
Oh my, has 25 years really gone by? Yes, I was young and without children. And those of us in the country were sick of traveling to the big smoke (Toronto) to be part of IABC. Plus, I didn’t want the IABC member in Toronto to take my job when Manulife merged with Dominion Life.

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