Category Archives: Leadership and Influence

What Employees Really Want From Their Managers

I used to think managers needed to be likable, charismatic and extroverted to be considered great managers. In other words, I thought great managers also needed to be great friends to their employees. After all, people want to work with those they like, right? Not necessarily. Friendliness is great, but it turns out that most employees already have friends. They […]

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The Corporate Skills You Didn’t Learn In College

My wife and I have three children, each born under the supervision of a different doctor. Our opinion of each doctor’s performance varied greatly. We loved the first doctor; we really, really liked the second; we strongly disliked the third. As I’ve reflected on our criteria for rating these doctors, I’ve come to this startling realization: each doctor’s technical skill […]

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