Category Archives: Human Resources

3 Signs Your Manager Likes You

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve had plenty of managers, some great and some so-so. A mentor once told me that I should focus mostly on meeting the expectations of my manager. When my direct gives me an assignment, I need to ensure these requirements are done on time, within budget, and at a… Read More »

3 Reasons Why Tom was a Terrific Manager

Like top-notch employees, terrific managers are hard to find. In my last corporate job, I had the privilege ofworking for a smart, committed, and fair manager. While I’ve had other good managers in the past, I felt Tom was the best. Applying and Interviewing In the job classifieds section of the San Antonio Express-News, I… Read More »

Improving the Bottom Line by Recognizing Good Work

Motivating your employees to succeed is much easier than you think. The problem with many managers today is that they spend most of their time micromanaging. I’m sure you know of the manager who is more interested in what you do wrong, and shows little concerns for your wins. The key to becoming an excellent… Read More »

3 Approaches to Working with Difficult People

Can’t we just get along? Does it matter that we like our co-workers? What if we ignore the difficult people, and just focus one doing our own jobs? In other words, is taking the high road the best game plan to survive in your current position? These are all tough questions, and the best answers… Read More »

A Conversation with the Micromanager Who Wants to Feel Important

Working for a micromanager can be difficult for many people, especially those with a creative and innovative spirit. Micromanagement is disliked by many because it’s analogous to rigor and bureaucracy. While a centralized approach has advantages, there are also notable drawbacks. The micromanager can be spotted from miles away. This person is usually consumed with… Read More »

3 Strategies that Work with Rude People

Not a day passes that you don’t experience a rude situation with someone. You might encounter the crazy driver who cuts you off, the cashier who looks at you funny because you have several more items than the 10 allowed in the fast lane, or a co-worker who embarrasses you in a meeting because your… Read More »

3 Strategies to Managing Rude Co-Workers

The pressures of work can take a toll. Some people are unable to handle the pressing deadlines or the increased workload, and soon they channel their frustration and anger to co-workers. Of course, there are some individuals who don’t require an excuse to be rude, but the pressures of day-to-day activities often trigger unprofessional and… Read More »

3 Sure Signs Your Manager is Ridiculous

If you think about it, most managers today are talented. They are hard working and committed to helping you succeed. In fact, I think that most of them actually care more about you than you might believe. They will give employees the benefit of the doubt, even when it’s obvious that they are making up… Read More »

3 Tough Questions You Should Ask your Employees

Your role as manager is difficult. You have many meetings to attend, countless reports to complete, and far too many fires to put out. You hit the ground running on Monday, and hope to build momentum by Tuesday. Of course, Murphy’s Law has a way of intervening, and before you know it, you’re in a… Read More »