Category Archives: Manage the Self

De-stressing in a kayak

Did you know that anti-depressants are the second-most widely prescribed drug in America (Wall Street Journal)?  In 2010, 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written. It encompasses 11% of Americans, and according to experts many don’t have a legitimate clinical … Continue reading

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How am I doing?

If you were a typical student in grade school, chances are that you experienced some level of anxiety when report cards were being issued. There was always that one class with that one teacher who was difficult, unfair, didn’t get … Continue reading

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Delegating

The better your delegation skills, the more work you will get accomplished. To be an effective delegator, start with understanding the basics.  Delegating involves understanding the dynamics between both your ability and desire to delegate, and an understanding of the … Continue reading

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Presentation Skills

The ability to convey key messages in a group setting is a very important management skill, but one that can be intimidating and challenging to master. The only way to truly master this skill is to learn basic techniques and … Continue reading

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Influencing Skills

To be an effective boss you have to learn how to influence across all levels in an organization (subordinates, peers and management). Influencing skills are not just for senior-level managers or salespeople, and the skills can be learned. It is … Continue reading

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Problem Solving

The ability to quickly and unemotionally solve problems is a critical skill for a good boss. Many problems encountered by bosses involve people-related and personal issues. Being empathetic and having good listening skills will help you understand the root cause(s) … Continue reading

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Project Management

As with leadership skills, a boss with good project management skills is a great asset to any company. Project Management is a systematic process to achieve an objective. Project management skills are obviously more useful for large projects, but these … Continue reading

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Knowledge/Information Management

In today’s data-filled world, bosses must manage all sorts of information. Because the volume of data can be so overwhelming, good bosses must learn what information is worth storing, and to know the difference between information and knowledge, and how … Continue reading

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360° Degree Feedback

360° Degree Feedback is a process used for assessing a boss’ performance and how s/he is perceived by subordinates, peers, immediate supervisor, managers from other workgroups, and sometimes individuals outside the company (e.g. key customers). This is a very useful … Continue reading

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Information Technology (IT)

Technology provides tools that every good boss should explore especially for managing data and processes. You should have a basic understanding of what Information Technology is all about. Successful bosses learn to partner with IT departments and leverage available technology. … Continue reading

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