The Hidden Skills in Your Most Reliable People

When you need something done — and done right — you probably know who you can count on. Even at work, most people have someone they can call on at a moment’s notice. If you gave your team a basic personality test, the reliable people would probably score high in conscientiousness, one of the five…

8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

Gayle Beebe has written a book on how effective and moral leaders develop and more importantly, how they must continue to develop. Too often leaders think they have made it and stop working on themselves. Eventually they become leaders in title only. He writes in The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Our understanding of leadership…

What The Hell Is Project Management, Anyway?

“Project management” can sound like everything and nothing all at once. We spoke with a project management pro to clarify what it really means to get people moving in the same direction. Project management seems like a classic chicken-and-egg career conundrum: How do you prove you’re adept at managing projects if you haven’t worked as…

How to Run a Successful Project

The key is to understand and manage employees’ emotional engagement with their work Many projects fail because organizations put their practices before their people. This happens when organizations try to make an employee’s human nature and emotional makeup fit their processes and policies. This traditional approach to project management emphasizes developing complex guidelines to manage…

4 Leadership Styles to Master

It’s not enough to have just one way of leading: Different circumstances require separate management styles. When it comes to leadership it doesn’t matter if you manage a company with 500 employees or one where you are the only employee. Either environment will disprove the myth that leaders should stick to just one leadership style…

8 Things Your Employees Need Most

Forget about raises and better benefits. Those are important — but this is what the staff really want. Pay is important. But pay only goes so far. Getting a raise is like buying a bigger house; soon, more becomes the new normal. Higher wages won’t cause employees to automatically perform at a higher level. Commitment,…