“Salute the Rank -Not the Wo/Man “

Leadership Lessons from HBO series Band of Brothers – Part 2 Preview(opens in a new tab) Captain Sobol refuses to salute Major Dick Winters, who used to be his subordinate. What is your reaction when you must work with a boss who you know is a lowdown, dirty, unprincipled, canine? (I would never call a […]

When the Leader Taps Out

Whether due to ineptitude, slothfulness, fear, or willful neglect, many leaders go missing at critical junctures.

The 7 Worst Ways to fire Anybody

Letting an employee go is one of the trickiest key tasks of a manager. It is part of management and accountability. It’s never the thing we were looking forward to doing when taking over a department or becoming the big boss. Yet it’s  necessary to, as Jim Collins would put it, get the right people ON […]

Is Chaotic Leadership really “a thing”? The

The headlines are full of judgments against our current Commander-in-Chief as running a chaotic administration, leading by instinct, and other unflattering terms to describe his management style. Mr. Trump’s response is that, aside from everything being “fine”, he likes being unpredictable, thinks conflict is good, and that he “gets a lot of things done”. But […]

Facing off with your Passive-Aggressive Managers

You might be a C-Suite level boss with many managers below you. Many in your management pool may carry over their personal dysfunctions into their work life. Truly, “Who you are is how you lead”.

Dear Toxic Boss: I’m talking to YOU

All of us have seen them. Some of us have worked for them. Some of us have been them. You know ” them” : the screamer; the humiliator; the total dominator; the letch (male or female); the misogynist; the man-hater; the racist; the narcissist; the incompetent; the ostracizer; the blamer…need I go on? You’re probably reading this because […]