Today at work, you may have dozens of interactions with people. How many of them, though, are actually worthy? Try this experiment on a busy day: On a sheet of paper, track with a simple mark how many individual times you discuss work with people—a mark for each meeting, office visit or casual chat at the coffee machine. If, at the end of it, a discussion actually pushed work forward, or generated ideas or solutions, circle the mark. When the day comes to a close, note how many of the interactions ultimately came to nothing. These are the minutes you need to reclaim by identifying unproductive mindsets and the people who are trapped in them.


Ask "Z"

Ask "Z"

Anticipate problems and set up solutions

Q. I’m taking maternity leave soon, and I’m worried. I’m a hands-on manager with more technical skills and institutional knowledge than all my staff combined. While I’m gone, I fear that my employees won’t be able to fill the void, especially if problems occur and clients look to us to fix them. Any tips on preparatory steps I can take before I leave?

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Leadership Library: Weekly Feature

Transition to Leadership

You’ve landed a brand-new supervisory position. Now what? You know your skills as a team player won’t be enough for you to excel. But suddenly you’re the boss – supervising your one-time co-workers and friends. Making the change from co-worker to manager is tough enough. But taking that extra step – to becoming a true LEADER – is even tougher.

Kevin Eikenberry

Remarkable Leadership with Kevin

5 Ways to Make Your Virtual Meetings More Engaging

While we all go to lots of meetings (too many?), more and more people are spending more and more time in meetings using technology, rather than being face to face with everyone. And while meetings are still meetings and people are still people, virtual meetings are different. One of the biggest challenges with virtual meetings is keeping people engaged and participating. Having led many virtual meetings, I’ve found five things that can help make a difference to increase participation and engagement, and reduce distractions for meeting participants. Let me share them with you here.

Best of the Blogs

Best of the Blogs

Finish the drill

Victory lies at the end of your drill, not with the idea of it or even with the start of it. That’s why coaches say: “Finish the drill.” Here’s how.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Negotiation Coach

Should you stay or should you go?

Q: As a senior manager at my company, I have spent most of the past year trying to settle litigation with another company in our industry. We are about to go into our third mediation session in a few weeks. However, I have just been promoted to a job where I will have responsibility for a larger portfolio. It will include the litigation, but someone else will now have day-to-day responsibility for it. Should I bring her to the mediation with me? Maybe she should go instead of me?

Marie McIntyre, Ph.D.

Ask the Workplace Coach

Who gets to solicit for charity at work, and who doesn't?

Q: “Our boss frequently requests contributions for a charitable group that she supports. Is this acceptable management behavior?” Feeling Harassed

Put all your energy into one task

Nov. 27, 2015

In this age of multitasking, it’s often more productive to “singletask.” By concentrating on one assignment at a time, you can deliver better results and minimize error.

4 ways to let creative juices flow

Nov. 25, 2015

To boost the innovative output from your employees, create an environment that’s conducive to creativity. Here’s how.

6 skills of new leaders

Nov. 25, 2015

Researcher Amy Wilkinson spent years interviewing 200 of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs. Here's what she found out.

Don't fling open doors to hackers

Nov. 24, 2015

Given the ongoing storm of hacks into computer networks, what more can your team do to reduce the risk of a virus or hack? Even with a robust firewall and other safeguards, you need to avoid these pitfalls.


Who do you turn to?

Nov. 16, 2015