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Does Anyone Hire Eeyore?

Photo By Michael

Photo By Michael

For those of you who’ve blocked out or forgotten who Eeyore is, he’s the pessimistic, melancholic, depressed, downtrodden old grey donkey from the Winnie The Pooh books. (Think, “Oh no, we’re doomed!”)

Managewhich as Leader in Trying Times

Photo by Wendell

Photo by Wendell

Team,

Here’s an excerpt from “Breakthrough Leadership”  by Wayne Baker at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.  As you read it, I encourage you to think about how you can create this for the people who work with and for you.

“Extraordinary events–positive or negative–are temporary openings for breakthroughs in personal growth, organizational development, and human progress. Breakthrough leaders seize these moments to explore a world of new possibilities for themselves, for their organizations, for society.

Small Business Owners and Solo-preneurs: Learn the Power of Partnering

While many of us who start our own businesses or who become solo professionals value our independence, we quickly find more value in having people at our side to give us extra strength, visibility and insight in the market. And so we get out there both in person and online to network and build relationships.

It’s great to meet new people and learn what they do, and it’s even more exciting when you can find a great deal of synergy between your goals and theirs. This is when you can start to explore referral partnerships or strategic alliances.

For the Managewhich and Business Owner: Who’s a Team Player?

Photo by Joseph Shemuel

Photo by Joseph Shemuel

Team Player is one of those phrases that we all assume we have the same definition for.  It’s one of the performance management buzz-phrases that shows on reviews and on job descriptions.  And, we all think we know what it means, but do we?

Tips for the Managewhich: Is My Staff Doing Anything Resume-Worthy?

Photo by Klaus

Photo by Klaus

One of the more obvious clues that your group is on the chopping block is when you can’t figure out what real value your group adds.  That’s even more true when the company is reorganizing people into that group in ways that don’t make sense.  It’s a good thing for the managewhich to recognize this trend, and start managing up immediately, even if it seems like it is too late.

Tips for the Managewhich: Is What I’m Doing Resume-Worthy?

Photo by Thana Thaweeskulchai

Photo by Thana Thaweeskulchai

Career Management groups are filled with people who haven’t progressed in their careers, and those are the folks who are having the toughest time landing new positions.   Many of those fall into the category of being happy that they had a job, and so they did whatever was necessary to keep it.   This is fear-based decision-making at it’s finest, and I say at it’s finest because the decision probably wasn’t that conscious for most of them.

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