Leadership Advice

Why Some Businesses Never Change






  Have you ever wondered why some businesses – even after being alerted to oncoming, meaningful risks and threats – never seem to change direction? Or why the managers in these institutions seem content with the same old-same old despite instructions from above to adapt or die? Often, the obstacles to making real changes (especially(…)






Call this His/Her “Jerry Maguire Moment”






(The following guest post was written by a respected colleague of mine in the automotive industry. The author, who shall remain nameless, is one of the brightest, most energetic, hardest working and truest “team players” I’ve ever met. His/her frustrations are far too common in most industries; but are especially common in automotive. His/her words(…)






What Every Business Can Learn from the Social Media Efforts of @Delta






  It was about 6:30 last evening when I found myself at the Delta Sky Club in Tampa, Florida. I was booked on Delta’s 7:45 flight to Atlanta (where I am speaking to a group of Ford dealership managers about Internet processes this morning). I had a yearning for a cup of coffee, but I(…)






The 10 Douchiest Job Titles in America






The 10 Douchiest Job Titles of 2012 For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to keep my business cards free of my title. I feel this way for a couple of reasons: primarily, I don’t want those outside of my company getting hung up on my title; also, I really don’t give a(…)






The New Learning Gap: Business Leaders Know Little About The Internet






Today’s Leaders Are Tomorrow’s Followers   For some reason I’ve run into too many business leaders lately who know less and less about how their businesses are being marketed on the Internet. From owners and CEOs to vice presidents and general managers, leaders (even good ones) are getting further detached from the realities of what(…)






Abusing One’s Leadership Role is Never a Good Thing






Leadership Lessons from Cash for Clunkers   Without diving too deeply into a mini controversy from last week, let me just enlighten you with some quick facts: Edmunds.com estimated that the recent Cash for Clunkers program cost US taxpayers about $24,000 per incremental vehicle sold; The chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)(…)






Stop Managing Activities and Start Seeing Results






Keep Everyone Busy So You Can Kill Creativity In the current economic climate (one that we’ve dubbed The Great Necession), it seems that companies are so concerned about productivity that they’re forgetting about innovation and creativity. Whether we’re all trying to cover our asses as managers or whether we truly believe that micromanagement and piling(…)






Leadership Lessons from Barack Obama






What Business Leaders Can Learn from Obama’s Bad Week Wow, what a week for the Leader of the Free World. Just as his something-for-nothing-health-care-plan was starting to lose steam on Capitol Hill, one of his friends breaks into his own home, gets lippy with a cop and gets arrested. In his typical “you never want(…)






How Does a Young Manager from the Outside Convince an Interviewer that He Can Lead?






How Do You Convince an Interviewer That You Can Lead? Recently, a reader posed a question after finding our article explaining how young managers can lead older subordinates. Because his question (posted below) required more than just a passing comment as a response, we decided to dedicate an entire post to properly address it. Recently(…)






Leaders Don’t Get Too Caught Up In The Details






  Low Hanging Fruit and the Cost of Perfection Imagine a small airplane flying low over a crowd at a baseball game. The door of the plane opens and a smiling man appears with a large sack. He turns the sack over just as the plane flies over the bleachers and millions of dollars in(…)






Some People Should Be Allowed To Quit – Coughlin’s Law Can Always Take Over






Coughlin’s Law: Bury the Dead People leave, let’s get over it. Gone are the days when a man arrives for work in the factory two days after his high school graduation and leaves forty years later with a gold watch. The American career path hasn’t included this scenario since before Lyndon Johnson took office. Over(…)






Sales 101 – Stop “Venting” and Start Selling!






Are You Venting or Just Making Excuses? A colleague recently posted a rant about the quality of the leads she was handling on an automotive industry social network. As a part of her diatribe on her most recent batch of Internet sales leads, she gave some great examples of just how bad the leads really(…)






Stop Chasing and Start Leading – Leadership Lessons from the NHL






Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to win the coveted Stanley Cup. Both teams deserved to be there, both played well throughout the season, and – as evidenced by a Game 7 in a best-of-seven-series – both teams were evenly matched. Both(…)






The Effect of Ego on Leadership






The Effect of Ego on Leadership At AskTheManager.com we’ve always held to the belief that you can learn more from bad leadership examples than you can from the good ones. It’s not really cynical to think this way; in fact, we believe it’s quite healthy. It’s like seeking out the silver lining. We’ve learned so(…)






Uplifted in the Down Economy – Guest Article by Bill Curran






I don’t know about the best of times but these sure feel like the worst of them. It’s as close to Dickens’s London as I dare want to see us go. Dickens would have been hard pressed to pen an economic/social setting as ugly as the one we find ourselves in today. Eventually, we will(…)






Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss – Dealing with Your New Boss






How Do You Deal With a New Boss? One of our regular readers – and someone who asked our advice very early on in the legacy that has become AskTheManager.com – AngelCakes from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan recently provided us with both an update on her management career and a new dilemma. When we first heard from(…)






Proper Filenames are Critical to Proper Business Etiquette






  Sometimes You Have to be a Prick to Those Outside of Your Company   I just received the March 2009 purchase report from one of our company’s 50+ vendors who provide such recaps. This particular vendor chose to name the file MyCompanyMarch.xls. By “MyCompanyMarch,” I mean he put the name of my company and(…)






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