Category Archives: Leadership Issues

Five Tips for Becoming a Leader

One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is “How can I get promoted into a management position?” That list of answers is far too complex for just one column, but here are five to get you started. … Continue reading

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Don’t let negative criticism cause you to fail

It’s a rare person who has never heard negative comments or criticism about job performance or personal qualities. I once worked with a plant manager who openly and loudly criticized everything I did to improve our operation and profitability. He … Continue reading

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Stress has devastating health effects

As a manager or leader, you likely experience stress, right? Perhaps you have to fire someone. Maybe your team is not meeting its budget goals and you’re getting pressure from your boss. Or you are distracted at work because your … Continue reading

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Leaders never use terms of endearment at work

I live in eastern Oklahoma and often shop in western Arkansas. This is a part of the country where informal speech and speech patterns are the norm. It’s common, for example, to hear store clerks address customers as “honey” or … Continue reading

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Everyone needs feedback. Let’s just do it right.

Early in my career, I began hearing that I was “too aloof.” I was hurt and offended by the description, and didn’t really understand what it meant, so I turned to Webster’s dictionary for a definition. ‘At a distance but … Continue reading

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