May 11, 2016

7 tips for making the most of a one-on-one meeting

Question: I meet one-on-one with my subordinates monthly, but the meetings aren’t as productive as they could be. On top of that, my boss is supposed […]
May 3, 2016

How to deal with hypocrisy (in yourself and others)

Question: One of my employees implies that I am being hypocritical any time I fail to do what I said I was going to do. The […]
April 26, 2016

4 steps for organizing your day to get more done

Question: Each day I am overwhelmed by all that I have to do. Do you have any advice for busy leaders trying to organize themselves to […]
April 20, 2016

7 ways to think more effectively INSIDE the box

Question: Pete, my boss is constantly telling us to “think outside the box.” He preaches about how we need to think differently, but he isn’t willing […]
April 12, 2016

6 tips for female leaders from a Coast Guard lieutenant

Question: I am a woman in my late 20s, working in a male-dominated profession. I aspire to be a leader in my field, but I’d also […]
April 5, 2016

Does Donald Trump understand leadership?

Photograph by Gage Skidmore. Question: I know this is an advice column for business leaders, but given that Donald Trump is a businessman running for president, […]
March 29, 2016

How to be a more authentic leader

Question: I am trying to be a better leader, and my boss says that one area for improvement is to be “more authentic.” I am open […]
March 22, 2016

Three Strikes and…: When to give an underperforming employee one more chance

Question: Pete, one of my employees is struggling to perform. He tries hard but fails. I want to be fair but how many chances should I […]
March 15, 2016

5 questions to ask when dealing with an angry employee

Question: What should I do with an employee of mine who keeps getting angry over what seems to be pretty small problems or matters? Answer: (continue […]
March 8, 2016

How to make sure time doesn’t kill a good deal

Question: Pete, I am deeply frustrated. My company has a good product — very competitive — but we are slow to close deals, either because my […]