Working Smarter, not Harder: Wisdom from My Father

Posted by Rich Freedhoff on December 13, 2017

I have often heard people advising others to work smarter, not harder. But, what does working smarter really mean? And can it be learned?


Categories: Effectiveness, Management, Performance, Leadership, Leader-manager

Do Managers Matter?

Posted by Allison Christilaw on November 30, 2017

What would life be like without managers? Chaos or relief?


Categories: Management, Performance, Leadership, Leader-manager, why managers matter?

7 Sins that Hold Back Managers’ Success

Posted by Sandy Lee on October 27, 2017

For some reason, and maybe because it makes for juicy storytelling, it’s always the worst managers we remember most vividly. We share the lessons we learn from their failings. And we pledge to...


Categories: Management, Performance, Sins, Leadership, Leader-manager

Building a Stress-free Workplace with Management Discipline

Posted by Rebecca Knaggs on October 19, 2017


Let’s talk about the practical ways that you can make your workplace a little more enjoyable and a little less of a Stephen King movie. If you’re no stranger to the internet, you’re sure to...


Categories: Effectiveness, workplace, managementstyles, discipline, pressure

Habits that Supercharge Results

Posted by Rich Freedhoff on September 28, 2017

In my career working for and consulting to many different companies, I learned that the biggest obstacle to positive change is creating good sustainable habits. From my experience, the people I...


Courage to call things out

Posted by Doug Emerson on September 15, 2017

Aristotle called courage the first virtue because it makes all of the other virtues possible. Think of this in terms of the business world. Can you excel as a leader-manager, without courage? Can...


Resist The Micromanager in You

Posted by Allison Christilaw on August 31, 2017

Action plans, sweating the details – ensuring work gets done  are important and help keep us on course. Without them, it’s easy for top performers to lapse into average ones. But too often,...


Categories: Effectiveness, Management

Now’s the time to plan for 2018 – if it’s not too late already

Posted by Doug Emerson on August 17, 2017

It’s August, you’re a Leader-Manager, and summer is flying by at its usual brisk clip. Time to get moving, fast – it’s almost too late to be starting the planning process.


Categories: Effectiveness

5 Management Lessons from a Failed App Experiment

Posted by Sandy Lee on July 21, 2017

Meditation and mindfulness practice is on the rise in organizations to promote wellness and balance, and I was ready to jump on board. So, I committed that I would try meditating, and guess what,...


Categories: Management

The Lean Leader-Manager

Posted by Doug Emerson on July 14, 2017

The concept of lean has been successfully imported from lean manufacturing into many sectors and industries. So, why not into executive management? As a process, lean management has a lot in...


Categories: Management

Effectiveness in Focus

Posted by Brian McCarthy on June 13, 2017

Today’s workplaces are full of people running in different directions. Getting busy with much activity, ending their day with little to show for it all. Lack of focus drains leader-managers’...


Categories: Effectiveness

Can Training Fix Bad Management?

Posted by Allison Christilaw on May 30, 2017


Employees leave managers, not organizations. In fact, 50% of them do. But how do you turn a bad manager into a good one? Train them on how to be better, right? Nope – training rarely sticks....


Categories: Performance

Is Your Team Aligned for Success?

Posted by Doug Emerson on May 11, 2017


One of the most common reasons for business failure is lack of team alignment. Leader-Managers can set out brilliant strategic objectives. But without clear direction on how these translate into...


Categories: Performance, Alignment

Are Performance Reviews Dead?

Posted by Sandy Lee on April 27, 2017


Traditional performance reviews have moved far off the mark in growing, engaging and retaining talent. The entrenched practice is too focused on a one, maybe two times per year sit down with a...


Categories: Performance

The Quest for The Best Management Style

Posted by Doug Emerson on April 13, 2017


We believe there is no optimum management style. To gain respect and buy-in from your team, different situations call for different behaviors. Through situational sensitivity, effective...


Categories: Management

Are You Accountable? For What, You Ask.

Posted by Allison Christilaw on April 7, 2017

Accountability is a cornerstone of any successful organization. When ownership is not clear, projects stall. Blame becomes rampant resulting in conflict and a disengaged workforce. Clear...


Categories: Performance, Accountability

The Busyness Trap

Posted by Sandy Lee on March 23, 2017

Effectiveness is a term largely misrepresented, and hence misunderstood. Take the “busy” professional - they look good, work long hours, deliver fast. These are well-valued traits by any...


Categories: Effectiveness

Effectiveness and Role Clarity

Posted by Brian McCarthy on March 15, 2017

Many workplace management activities are often confused for productivity. Someone may appear to be productive when in fact they are just busy with activities, or ‘inputs’. Real effectiveness is...


Categories: Effectiveness, Role Clarity

Are You a Leader-Manager?

Posted by Doug Emerson on February 27, 2017

We coined the phrase “Leader-Manager” because we strongly believe that anyone who leads a team needs to have the skills to be both. A leader sets direction, identifying the right things to get...


Categories: Effectiveness


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