Tag Archive for Management

You Don’t Need to Adopt Holacracy to Get Some of Its Benefits

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by: Greg Satell When Alfred Sloan conceived the modern corporation at General Motors, he based it on hierarchical military organizations. Companies were split into divisions, each with their own leadership. Authority flowed downwards and your rank determined your responsibility. Today, a few organizations – like Medium, David Allen Consultants, and Zappos – are adopting a radically…

How to Stop Micromanaging Your Team

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by: Rebecca Knight Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labeling yourself a “control freak” or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to…

Strategies for Every Type of Email Pain

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by: Alexandra Samuel In our ongoing preoccupation with digital overload, nothing comes in for more hatred than email. Colleagues compare email triage strategies with the fervor they once reserved for their local sports franchise, and an entire industry has sprung up to tackle email pain by offering solutions at both the personal and organizational level. But…

Personality Tests Can Help Balance a Team

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by: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic & Dave Winsborough   It’s just plain hard to get people working together the way you’d like. That’s because, left to our own devices, we are often too greedy and self-centered to collaborate, preferring instead to compete as individuals. Sigmund Freud made this point, comparing humans to hedgehogs in the winter: When hedgehogs get…

Empathy Is Key to a Great Meeting

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by: Annie McKee Yes, we all hate meetings. Yes, they are usually a waste of time. And yes, they’re here to stay. So it’s your responsibility as a leader to make them better. This doesn’t mean just make them shorter, more efficient, more organized. People need to enjoy them and, dare I say it, have fun.…