The opposite of micromanagement is a leadership approach in which trusted workers are given training, expectations and the authority to find solutions and make decisions on their own, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. That gives bosses the space to focus on big-picture thinking and also helps get the best out of their newly empowered employees. "Let the direct reports share what they've experienced and how they would do things differently, if at all, the next time," Baldoni says.
Performance anxiety evaporates when you focus on sharing something rather than trying to prove yourself, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Someone who seeks to be number one in order to prove how confident he is fails a fundamental concept of leadership," he says.
A clever turn of phrase can help to clarify your meaning and ensure your message is not forgotten, John Baldoni says in this blog post and video. "Good sound bites are brief, pithy statements that sum up what you're trying to say: Short, sweet and to the point," he says.
Work matters, but many of us take things too seriously at the office, advises S. Chris Edmonds. The Chicago Cubs got results by arranging a pajama party on a flight back from a high-stakes game, Edmonds notes. "You don't have to host a pajama party to reduce tantrums. But a pizza lunch to celebrate traction on a big project might go a long way toward building relationships," he writes.
Leaders should be educated on each part of their business while being smart enough to know people will tell them what they want to hear, says Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of the board of Loews Corp. One question he says executives should ask: "Are you telling me this because it's what you believe in, or because you think it's what I want to hear?"
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has approved R. Alexander Acosta's nomination as US labor secretary along party lines. Acosta could be confirmed by the full Senate before it breaks for recess next week.
The US has 90 roundabouts for every 100,000 miles of roadway, compared with 10,200 in the UK and 4,900 in France, apparently because US motorists find the circles too confusing. That's a problem, writes Zachary Crockett: Traffic circles have proved to ease congestion, reduce accidents and emissions, and save thousands of dollars a year in traffic-light costs.
Long before Tesla Motors and SpaceX, founder Elon Musk had to take big risks and deal with skeptics, starting with deciding to build his own rocket. Today, SpaceX undercuts U.S. rivals and foreign countries on per-launch cost. But the journey almost didn't happen: In 2008, Musk came within hours of bankruptcy as he strung together multiple financing deals to keep Tesla afloat before winning a NASA contract for SpaceX.
Small tasks can lay claim to your time and productivity, but it's often possible to defeat these "terrible little tyrants" by automating, eliminating or delegating tasks, writes Michael Hyatt. More advice comes from Tanveer Naseer: "The best place to start decluttering the way we work and reconnect with why we do what we do is by first examining those processes, projects, and tasks that we should stop doing."
Workplace productivity starts with hiring people with the right mindset and then striking a balance between focused goals and a willingness to experiment, says Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter. "The truth is, passion and motivation are contagious," he says. "It sounds simple, but when you're surrounded by passionate, purposeful people who understand the scaffolding of the business, you can focus on moving forward and getting things done efficiently."
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