The Supervisors Companion – Book Signing

I had a book launch party last week. Frankly, I had never imagined that having a book launch anything would be part of my life experience, but when you write a book, you at least need to share it with friends and family. The full launch of […]

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Why Choose a Human Resources Career?

Human Resources is a tough profession, at best… I’ve been in this line of work for many years, and I can speak directly to its challenges. Most recently, I was invited to speak to a class of MBA students about human resources. The instructor’s guidelines were, “Just […]

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Delegation as Motivation – Part 2

…because if you do it right, effective delegating will be the best motivating tool you will ever have.   If you took the assessment in Part I of this blog, and you’re back reading this, you probably know you need to learn to delegate work. I was […]

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Delegation Assessment – Do you need to delegate more? – Part 1

The ability to effectively delegate tasks and projects can serve as one of the best motivating tools you’ll ever have. Delegation requires a complex set of skills, and it does require some up-front time and attention. Among other things, the supervisor needs to know how to assess […]

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The New Employee

Sadly, many new employees do not have the best day on their first day at work. It’s pretty easy to blame human resources. Maybe you work for a company where the new employee program is boring, confusing, detached or (worse) absent. This will not be a good […]

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Effective Supervision can start with a “Hello”

Sometimes effective supervision starts with a “Hello” – Here’s a story I thought I’d share with you today. At least, just say, “Hi.” One of my clients, Greta, began our first session seeking help with a “difficult” employee. Greta was a delightful person. She was warm and […]

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Managing Up – Part II

Actionable Tips to help Supervisors Manage Up   Get to know your manager. How does she work with her employees? What is important to her at work? What are her strengths and challenges as you see them? How does she work best? Who does she work best […]

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What is Managing Up? – Part 1

What is Managing Up?     When a new supervisor complains to me that he is not getting support from his manager, I ask what he thinks is going on. Often the supervisor sees himself as a victim of some strange decision tree. He says he’s waiting […]

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Difference between Managers and Micromanagers

Are you an effective leader or an activities director? Dave Crenshaw does an excellent job outlining the different management styles of effective leaders and not so effective supervisors, who he calls ‘activities directors.’ What an excellent way to describe a micromanager – an activity director     […]

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Predicting if the New Supervisor will be Effective

I received an email yesterday that posed one question: “Tell me one thing that helps you predict whether or not a person will be an effective supervisor“ Here was my reply. In my view the most important predictor of whether a person will be an effective supervisor […]

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Sam, the supervisor of a team of IT help desk employees, felt his work environment was chaotic and out of his control.

His employees would seek transfers or new jobs at a much greater rate than his peers ....

How can Sam fix this problem?



“Meetings are always late and we don’t accomplish anything" - -

"I hate going to meetings”

Is this a common cry at your company?

+ A well run meeting shows respect for your employees

Some tips to help with this ....



Your employees don’t seem to come to you when they have work issues.

You’ve been trying to help by sending regular reminder emails and checking their work frequently. - Nothing is working!!

What is wrong with your employees?


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