Category: winning well

3 Consequences of Promoting the Smart, Successful Jerk (with video) thumbnail

Oh he’s good. Very good. He gets sh__ done. It’s hard to argue with the results. So what if he’s ruffling a few feathers… with his team, with his peers, with HR, with IT?  The better he does, the better you look. And so you choose to look the other way, shrug your shoulders and chalk it up to the cost of genius. And that may work. For a while. If you’re lucky you can get him promoted

Show Me the Love: Recognition that Makes a Difference (with video) thumbnail

Yesterday a high-potential, high-performing VP called:

Karin, the thing is, I know I’ve been accomplishing a lot. And I shouldn’t need this. But, I just wish one of the big guys would just say “thank you.” HR and my peers have told me “Oh, if you haven’t heard anything, you can be sure you’re doing just fine. if you’re screwing up, that will be perfectly

Try This Surprisingly Simple Way to Raise the Bar thumbnail

She looked right at me and yelled across the gym floor with conviction, “You are a dancer!” Now there are a lot of labels I’m ready to buy:  “You are a leader!” I hope so. “You are a Mom!” Well, that one could go both ways, couldn’t it? Anything from “Good job, Mom” to “Is this your kid? What was he thinking?” “You are a

5 Signs Diaper Drama Is Destroying Your Culture thumbnail

Diaper Genies are a FABULOUS invention– for parents and nurseries. They hide the stink of a poopie diaper and exponentially increase the interval necessary to empty the trash. The stink stays conveniently wrapped tightly in plastic so no one can smell it. The stink is unavoidable and the Diaper Genie provides a welcome reprieve. But sadly, in so many companies around the world, I see a similar effect

A Fresh, Fast, and Fun Way to Focus Your Team thumbnail

If you’re like most managers, you’re neck deep in performance agreements, stretch goals, and the dance between managing your boss’s expectations and warning your team not to sandbag. How you spend January can make the difference between a breakthrough and mediocre 2017. Too many managers take the goals handed to them, wring their hands for a day or so, and then pull the team together to figure out

Stop This Terrible Habit You Don’t Even Know You Have thumbnail

How do I know you have it? Because I have it too. Most high-performers do. It’s a sneaky little bugger, because on the surface it really feels like you’re doing the right thing. And on most levels you are. It’s a Winning Well core competency taken to extremes. But if you go too far, the stress will crush your spirit and undermine your confidence. It’s one more way great managers lose their

4 Secrets to a Successful Performance Improvement Conversation thumbnail

You sit down for an earnest performance improvement conversation. Things improve for a minute. And the next day (or the day after), she’s back to her “hot mess” behavior. Sound familiar? Maybe it’s her. Some people are hard to reach. But before you write her off as “unfixable,” take a hard look at your approach.

Center Your Performance Improvement Conversation Around These

3 Ways to Rock Your Role in the New Year

3 Ways to Rock Your Role in the New Year thumbnail

Carol was visibly shaken on the other end of the phone.

Karin, you know that new job I got, well I lost it. I mean, it’s not really my fault, the contract they had anticipated didn’t come through. I get it. But what bothers me more than anything is what my boss said a few days after I got the news. He said, “You never showed up in any meeting as well as you did in the interview. That

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