These seven phrases won’t get an admin noticed—at least, not in a good way, says Dave Willmer, the executive director of OfficeTeam. He recently compiled a list of the words your manager doesn’t want to hear:
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Sacred cows are roaming your hallways. They’re grazing on profits, productivity and patience. To round them up and put them out to pasture, you need to be a constant cow hunter. And you need to get your entire team excited about tumbling those herds.
Governing by rules allows those at the top to believe they can control the actions of those below. Leading from values, though, shifts the responsibility for decision-making to employees. Shifting power to people may seem dangerous, but it can ultimately make an organization more powerful.
When the World Trade Center was hit on 9/11, Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer happened to already be on the scene. That made him the first FDNY fire chief to take command. What we’ve learned since then, he says, is that leaders don’t simply “command and control” during a catastrophic event. They go beyond that.
You should conduct regular appraisals of your employees’ performance for two important reasons. First, periodic and competent appraisals reduce the opportunity for a discharged employee to claim unfair treatment.