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Putting Some Meat in the Managewhich!

No one wakes up in the morning and asks to themselves, “How can I screw my job up today?”  And yet, sometimes we feel that way in our management roles, yes?

I’ve gotta tell you, when I look back over the course of my corporate career, there were a lot of things I would do differently, mainly around conflict management, negotiation and feedback.  I wish I’d had better examples and mentors.  In the craziness of never having enough time to do what I needed to do, there were many times that it felt like I was blindly feeling my way around the fun house.

Managewhich? What to do With Complete and Utter Incompetence

Photo by Ryan Schultz

Photo by Ryan Schultz

Her name is Oblivia.  She’s nice.  People like her.  And, she can’t get anything done.

Have you ever worked with someone who is Unconsciously Incompetent?  That is to say, that they are so incompetent that they don’t even know that they are incompetent?

It’s rare.  Most of us know when we really, truly suck at something.  However, there are times…

Manage Which? Up or Down (Part 2)

Photo By Brian

Photo By Brian

Where we left off last post is that our Managewich, Breeze, gets urgent requests from her manager, Hoover, and Breeze habitually has managed down, meaning that she’s generally accepted the work and the consequences of doing it for herself and her team and has muddled through by either directing her team to do the work or doing it herself.  I made a request of Breeze that she not accept work until one of three things has happened, the first being that she understands fully and completely how these reports and spreadsheets are going to be used and how they add value.  So far, this has resulted in some relationship building with Hoover, and it’s reduced some of the distracting work.  And, we’re not done yet.

Woo Hoo Woo Hoo, Making My Radio Debut

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m very excited to have been invited as a guest on the “Business Networking Brunch” this Sunday.  We’re going to be on the air from 9am – 11am Central time on 1360 am in Dallas.

Managewiches, I am there to beat the drum for the cause.   Some of the topics I plan to hit:

  • Why middle managers are integral to execution
  • Why leadership is important in all levels of the organization

The Omniscient Managewich

I have a question for the sandwich generation of managers, middle managers or owner managers, stuck in the middle of competing priorities and agendas:

Why is it so hard to know what someone else really wants or believes, and yet, how is it that we know others’ intentions just by looking at their body language or actions?

Paradoxical, yes?

Managewich on the Run

“Stuck Inside These Four Walls, Sent Inside Forever, Never Seeing No One Nice Again Like You…”

Oops, sorry.  That’s “Band on the Run.”  But it could describe the managewich’s office, yes?

Whenever I hear about the “Fight or Flight” Response, I wonder….  is it really either or?

Investing in People Pays 600% Dividend

I need a picture of me on a soapbox.  Anyone know where I can find one?

Engaging employees pays off more than fear.  Most of us know this because we desperately want to be engaged and fulfilled ourselves, and we know that when we’re connected with what we do, we go the extra mile gladly.  However, knowing it in our heart of hearts doesn’t work for some.

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!

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