Kathleen Sebelius was insurance commissioner of Kansas when health powerhouse Anthem wanted to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield. “My gut just told me this was a disaster waiting to happen,” she remembered.
Leaders & Managers
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How not to avoid paying overtime.
In 1988, at age 33, Miles White turned down the chance to head the Asia Pacific region for a division of Abbott Laboratories. Why? His wife wanted to open a children’s bookstore and he didn’t want to transplant their three young sons.
When an employee goes out of his or her way to please you, resist the urge to respond in a positive way. Follow this advice.
Surveys consistently show that lack of trust in management is one of the main reasons employees disengage from their work and seek jobs elsewhere. Here are 10 ways managers can work to earn trust from their employees.
Q: We had a superstar here who quit because she couldn’t take the C-suite’s bad decision-making anymore. Now since I’m fairly high up the ladder, several people are asking me what happened. How much honesty can I afford here?
No manager enjoys having “the talk” with employees. But ignoring an employee's poor performance won't make the problem go away; it'll only make things worse.
Just because change is a constant in today’s workplace doesn’t mean employees like it or are open to embrace it.
Negative people in the workplace zap energy and productivity. Leadership expert Dan Rockwell offers these tips for dealing with three very specific types of negative people.
When an argument breaks out during a meeting, work through it with this advice.
As I write this, the local pro football team is engaged in a familiar dance with an emerging star: Management wants to pay him a certain crazy number of millions of dollars per year, but his agent would like just a smidgen of an increase over that already astronomical amount, thank you very much, or the man with the golden arm walks. How many times have you shaken your head over the greed displayed in a situation like this? But if you were that football player, you’d likely make a similar demand.
According to Mark Lipton, author of Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Man, here’s how you can (unfortunately) sound just like a toxic business leader when the time inevitably comes to say you’re sorry for something.
Q. I’m quite well paid and it’s obvious to everyone at my company. But I’m in charge of motivating a lot of very low-paid employees. I’m not sensing their trust—I think the income disparity is a real problem. What do you recommend?
Even at 16, it was obvious that Bram was going to make it big. Here's what he possessed that so few others do.
When the opportunity arises to negotiate your compensation package, avoid these three pitfalls if you want to meet your objectives.
Wafflers constantly change their minds and give wishy-washy answers to even the most simple fact-finding questions. To hold a waffler accountable, try these techniques.
He always was a hard worker, but it was Harrison Ford’s ability to push beyond good to excellent that propelled him into leadership.
Creating a more compassionate, cooperative, gracious workplace can start with sending a simple birthday card.
To win an argument, don’t rush to argue. Showing trust and respect can prove more formidable than building an airtight case.
Turns out it’s easy to find out if someone is a narcissist.