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Memos to Managers

The 5-step plan for handling an employee’s 2-weeks’ notice

08/06/2016
For a smooth exit that’s favorable to both employee and employer, follow these steps for any departure.

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

08/03/2016
Managers are human. You’re bound to make some unfortunate word choices now and then. But employees will give you a pass on those annoying expressions for only so long. Spew these 10 phrases at your peril.

Here comes the summer help!

05/26/2016
How to welcome, prep and manage those seasonal employees.

Let’s all play nice! Prevent and manage bullying in the workplace

04/21/2016
Here are a few simple ways to prevent and manage workplace bullying—for the sake of your staff, and your own ability to be an influential manager.

Don’t add fuel when you fire: 6 tips for terminations

03/10/2016
If you supervise employees in any capacity, there will come a time when you need to let someone go. Here are some tips for making the best of a bad situation.

10 FBI tricks for effective persuasion

02/24/2016
What can managers, executives and leaders learn from the FBI’s techniques?

Do employees feel like they ‘belong’? 5 red flags

12/21/2015
When employees feel like they belong in an organization, they’ll give you their all. When they feel like outsiders, you’ll only get a half-hearted effort at best. Here are five red flags …

It’s OK to have favorites … just don’t PLAY favorites

12/04/2015

Studies show that managers often unknowingly give the benefit of the doubt to employees that they like, even employees who are average or subpar performers. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that most managers would rather work with “lovable fools” than “competent jerks.” To make sure you’re not unwittingly playing favorites, consider these issues.

Start the day right by … eating a live frog?

11/03/2015
Here are six amazingly simple productivity routines practiced by some of the world’s greatest business minds—that could just change the tone of the entire day.

Analysis paralysis? 4 tips for making better decisions

10/26/2015
Your ability to make sound business decisions swiftly—even when they involve ambiguity and risk—is a major factor in your ability to guide and manage a successful team. Here are some simple ways to help you make better decisions.