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Stop Using “Manager” as a Dirty Word!

Stop Using “Manager” as a Dirty Word!

If you read articles and books about leadership I can guarantee you’ve seen it. Perhaps you’ve even done it.

I am talking about using the term “manager” as a dirty word.

I get it. When talking about leadership, it is helpful to contrast good qualities to strive for with bad qualities using personas (good cop, bad cop). But please stop portraying the good as “leader” and the bad as “manager.” Pick another term to represent the bad!

Here are a few reasons why.

7 Ways to Appear Unintelligent

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7 Ways to Appear Unintelligent

You want to make a good impression, right? Who doesn’t? Whether you are in a job interview or you are hanging out with friends, no one wants to look silly or unintelligent. I work primarily in higher education around people with PhD’s. I really have to pay attention to this. Here are seven things that make you sound unintelligent.

Leadership, Communication, and the “Why”

Leadership, Communication, and the “Why”

Effective leaders filter communication through the “why.” The “why” of an organization is it’s purpose and vision.

When the communication of the organization isn’t driven by the leader and/or the “why,” it is by default communicating something…something less than desirable. Noise, dissent, silos, internal conflict, inconsistency, confusion, etc.

Ineffective leaders never clarify the “why,” or simply can’t stick to it. They become distracted by side issues or by trying to please too many disparate concerns. They may have tons of charisma but lack the discipline to either clarify or stick to the “why.”

Communicate What You Know When You Know It

Communicate What You Know When You Know It

Leading people and organizations requires more and clearer communication than one would normally deem necessary when implementing change. Sure, your core team is in the know and on board, but what about everyone else? Employees? Stakeholders? Clients? Customers?

The more substantial the change, the more time it takes to communicate and bring people on board. The larger the organization, the more time and effort it takes to communicate. That is why it is critical to communicate early and often.