Dianna Booher

Dianna Booher works with organizations to improve their productivity through clear communication and with individuals to increase their impact by a stronger executive presence.

At some point in your career, you’re going to find yourself leading a team, department, division, or organization where you’re working with an employee who irritates you. Sometimes you know why. Often you don’t.

Piles of applications and résumés represent time to sort through applicants, attempting to match a position with a person’s expertise and skills. It would be so much faster if the unsuitable job applicants walked in with a label on their forehead: “Reject.” Then you could spend time with the best qualified candidates.

The top candidates have unique qualifications, while the worst candidates share common flaws. Here are the glaring warning signs that will help you short-circuit those time-wasting interviews in the hiring process and move on to the top talent quickly.

The COO of my consulting firm years ago used to start staff meetings with 5-15 minutes of small talk. Although he intended to promote socializing, the adverse consequences were late-arrivers, difficulty in focusing on serious discussion at the start of the meeting, and low energy throughout the remainder of the meeting.

Nobody I know proudly brags about being a micromanager. Frankly, most vehemently deny the label. Yet the workplace overflows with them. Here’s how to spot them on your team before you give them even bigger opportunities to frustrate the people who work with them. And if deep down you fear you may be falling into the micromanagement trap yourself, consider these signs before it’s too late to make a change.

Micromanagers Complain About Work Overload

On the good days as leader, you feel like a winning coach at the Super Bowl. On the bad days, you feel as though you’re skiing just a few feet ahead of an avalanche. Most days fall somewhere in between.

To increase your chances of more good days than bad, check your leadership aptitudes and attitudes:

Are You Emotionally “UP” As a Leader?

Show UP as a Leader

For many decades, the citizenry has consistently given Congress the lowest ratings of the three branches of government. The reasons for such low ratings:

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