Managing

Pay Adjustments

Recently, I had someone ask me if this scenario is reasonable: An entry-level employee currently makes 70k.  They have worked for several years and are being promoted to mid-level with a pay adjustment down to the low end of the…

WTF

Anyone that knows me personally, is well aware of my sailor talking abilities. WTF is a well-used favorite of mine. Recently, I was teaching in a class and my co-trainer mentioned learning that leaders should change”WTF” in the traditional sense to “Where’s…

Saying no

I’m not very good at saying no especially when the opportunity is appealing. I would imagine most people would fall into this category, yet, I seem to take it to the extreme. My colleague, Jake, even made me a post-it…

Mini updates

One of my new favorite types of communication is the mini-update from former colleagues. These come in a variety of ways (social apps, texts, calls, emails) and frequencies (once a month, once a quarter, once a year). In addition to saying…

Vacation Policies

There are a variety of approaches to providing paid time off (PTO). Personally, I’ve experienced the following approaches the most: Accrue as you go, rollover Downside:  This is tough when you start somewhere and need time right away.  You often…

1-1 Meeting Pet Peeves

Yes…I have an infinite number of pet peeves.  Let’s focus in on the 1-1 meeting this go around.   Just to make sure we are on the same page, I am referring to the meeting between manager and direct report: Repeating Status:…

Rumors SUCK!

I really wanted to use a few different words to describe rumors but I am trying to get better with my swearing.  Jury is out still on whether I make it through this post without swearing. As people who personally…

Accountability

I’ve been thinking a ton lately about “holding someone accountable”.  What does that even mean? Nagging (did you do it?  is it done?) Public shaming (making sure everyone knows this person messed up) Loss of money (no bonus, etc) Loss…

Feedback

Now since one of my goals is short posts, this is not an all encompassing post about feedback.  I want to focus in on a specific topic within feedback:  the dangers of indirect and/or anonymous feedback..  I’m sure there are…