8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right. Getty A few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets. I learned that the “best of the best” tend to share the following…

Stop Working More Than 40 Hours a Week

You may think you’re getting more accomplished by working longer hours. You’re probably wrong. shutterstock images There’s been a flurry of recent coverage praising Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, for leaving the office every day at 5:30 p.m. to be with her kids.  Apparently she’s been doing this for years, but only…

5 Things Great Mentors Do

Your employees can achieve greater things with your help than they can alone–if you give them a chance. shutterstock images Mr. Miyagi and Daniel Larusso. Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. Dadabhai Naoroji and Mahatma Gandhi. History (OK, and the box office) is full of examples of people who have accomplished tremendous feats—far more than they could…

For People to Trust You, Reveal Your Intentions

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of competence for fostering the trust you need as a manager to influence others. We stressed that management competence includes not just technical knowledge of the work but operational and political know-how as well. Here we want to focus on the other great component of trust —…

To Build Trust, Competence is Key

In our last blog , we discussed the importance of trust. It’s the foundation of all you do as a leader and manager. Your ability to influence others, which is your fundamental task, begins with people’s willingness to be influenced by you. And their willingness begins with their trust in you — their confidence that…

Do Your People Trust You?

When we talk to managers, we often ask, “Do your people trust you?” Most are taken aback. It’s not something they’re often asked or a question they’ve even asked themselves. After some thought, most eventually say something like, “Well, I think so. I hope so. No one’s said he doesn’t.” In fact, as they ultimately…