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Women Stuck in the “Managewich”, Get Out of Your Own Way!

Jim Bumgardner

Jim Bumgardner

There’s a new study out last week that shows women consistently underestimate and undervalue their own performance at work.  It gets worse the older women get, so the women who are most likely to break out of middle management (the “managewich”) and into the executive ranks are sabotaging themselves.  This makes me furious!

How Can I Tick You Off or Disappoint You Today?

Photo By Don Van Dyke

Photo By Don Van Dyke

Back in the days when I managed multi-million dollar business applications, there were days that it seemed like I, as a manager, and my team of developers could do no right.  Anyone who deals with customers experiences days like these, and our goal is to have these days be few and far between.

Five Keys to Greater Success, Starting Today

eWomwn Ottawa Canada

eWomwn Ottawa Canada

I just returned from the eWomen Network International Conference, and as usual, I’ve come back with energy to spare.  This was my 2nd trip to the eWN conference.  Last year, I didn’t know anyone, so I just plopped down at whatever table and met people.  I connected with several people.  This year, I was gratified to see some of the same women I sat next to last year up on stage as experts this year.  And, it wasn’t done in a self-congratulatory way; these women had really grown over the last year.

Is Your Team Really a Work Group (and why you should care)?

Photo by Joseph Shemuel

Photo by Joseph Shemuel

Every group of people in the workplace seems to be called a team, but every group that works together isn’t a team.  This is important because as managers, we’ve learned a few things about how to manager teams and about how teams form and die etc etc, and these things don’t apply to work groups, which may be one reason why some middle managers aren’t getting the results they want.

The One Mistake Employed Professionals Make That Could Cost Them Thousands

(Reposted from today’s eZine… which you can receive, gratis in your Inbox by registering on the Events Page.)

Did you know that 89-90% of jobs right now are found through business networking?

In robust economies, online job postings work, but in slower economies, many employers don’t bother to post job openings, even on their own company websites. Why? Because they don’t have the capacity to handle the volume of resumes that they know will come in. They know they can find someone excellent through referral.

Inspired Workplace Q&A: When is it Time to Go?

Photo By Martin Stelbrink

Photo By Martin Stelbrink

Q:  I have grown to hate my job.  I feel the dread coming on sometime around 6:00pm on Sunday night.  I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning.  As hard as I try, I am not doing a very good job (lord knows neither the people I report to nor the ones who report to me look satisfied).  There are probably some things I could do to change things, but I don’t know if I want to or if I even have the energy.  I am so sick of corporate culture. Maybe I should start my own business.  You’re always saying that I can improve my situation by improving my leadership and communication skills, but when is it time just to leave?

Middle Manager’s Dilemma: Differentiating Pushback from PITA

Upside Downside Photo by Thomas Lieser

Upside Downside by Thomas Lieser

Are you the gal who’s known for pushing back on every proposed change?  Do you know that gal?

Almost every one of us knows someone who sees the downside to every initiative, and one of the challenges that my client, Negative Nellie, reports is that it’s hard to get people to take her seriously.  She’s frustrated, because she’s trying to point out risks and set reasonable expectations.  She believes the people around her are frustrated and annoyed from the eye-rolling and the sighs.

Practical Middle Management Tips: When Your Boss is the Hoover

Photo by heather powazek champ

Photo by heather powazek champ

After Tuesday’s post, I got several private messages about the boss’s suckage.  What?  No comments on the blog?

So, what do you do when your boss sucks the air out of a room like a human tornado?

Quit.

OK, you knew that and it was too easy. And, we’ll get back to that.

Practical Middle Management Tips: What to Do When Your Boss Thinks You Suck Like a Hoover

Photo by Therese F

Photo by Therese F

Don’t you just love it when you think you’re working your fingers to the bone, you’re doing the best job you can and your boss lets you know that you are the Hoover Windtunnel of suckage?

Brain Food For Middle Managers: How to Keep the Creativity Alive

Photo by Giorgio Montazeri

I just got back from vacation.  Sorry about the long stretch not posting on the blog, but the site was undergoing some changes.  And, when I go on vacation, I go offline.

That most middle managers can’t go on vacation without being tethered to the office by a laptop or other mobile device is not only a crime, it’s counter-productive to the company.  This is something that Albert Einstein knew on an experiential level.  Whenever he had a problem he couldn’t tackle, he did something else.  He spent time with friends and family.  He gave his brain a break.

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