how to be assertive
Clean Thinking, Personal effectiveness

Rethinking how to be assertive

How to be assertive is one of those topics that I've always found to be a little funny. Assertive in what way? Assertive according to whom? If you've ever received the constructive criticism or professional feedback to be more assertive or to be less assertive, and you're struggling with this feedback, I've got some great… Continue reading Rethinking how to be assertive

implementation issue
Management Mastery: Teams, Problem Solving

Avoid an implementation issue that ruins a great strategy

Just one critical implementation issue will ruin the most beautiful, perfect strategy. I'd like to talk about those types of implementation issues. In my mind, there are only three: insufficient buy-in from people; failure to achieve brilliant execution; and lack of a pivot when new information points to the strategy being wrong. Even if you… Continue reading Avoid an implementation issue that ruins a great strategy

navigate change
Managing Stress, Anxiety, Overwhelm, Personal effectiveness

Navigating change: how to be visible and protect yourself

UPDATE: Check out this week's Facebook Live on this topic, which does a deep dive with some practical steps not included in this blog post:  https://www.facebook.com/aureliancoach/videos/308451219960456/   The foundation of navigating change in your organization's leadership is managing up. You must align your work and results with the priority initiatives of your (new) leadership. While you… Continue reading Navigating change: how to be visible and protect yourself

manage limited resources
Management Mastery: Teams, Managing Stress, Anxiety, Overwhelm, Problem Solving

Two questions if you are managing with limited resources

Challenges of midlevel managers have some common themes, one of them being managing multiple initiatives within limited resources. "Limited resources" might be defined as not enough people, not enough budget, or not enough time (or all three). There are two types of work we perform: daily whirlwind tasks and larger, overarching initiatives. You'll need to… Continue reading Two questions if you are managing with limited resources

Aurelian Coaching Model

After employee termination: how to care for the existing team

Working in isolation is very rare these days, so when one of your team members is fired, it can have a negative ripple effect that can seriously impact productivity. So when employee termination affects your team, what should you do? Of course, it's important to get work done - even more so when you're one… Continue reading After employee termination: how to care for the existing team

employee recognition
Management Mastery: Individuals, Personal effectiveness

Employee recognition: Here’s how to do it right.

Being a boss is a job, an actual job. Being a manager means you need to learn how to do employee recognition well for your direct reports as part of your duties and responsibilities... even if it's not explicitly listed in your job description. Employee recognition = acknowledgement + reward. If you know how to… Continue reading Employee recognition: Here’s how to do it right.

manager mid-year review
Management Mastery: Individuals

Mid-Year Reviews: Only Two Solutions You Need to Get Back on Track

For many organizations, mid-year reviews on job performance are either underway or soon to be underway. You probably developed goals for 2018 in the latter part of 2017, and it's the perfect time to see how far we've come! ... or how far we haven't come. Every year, a few of my direct reports would… Continue reading Mid-Year Reviews: Only Two Solutions You Need to Get Back on Track

management growth mindset
Management Mastery: Individuals, Management Mastery: Teams, Personal effectiveness

Growth Mindset: The #1 Key to Management Mastery

Companies often set up their management roles as rewards for outstanding individual performance. There is one fundamental problem with this: individual achievement has nothing to do with good management. (See my post on the differences among leadership and management and authority.) But all is not lost! In order to transition well from stellar individual performance to… Continue reading Growth Mindset: The #1 Key to Management Mastery

managing up women in business
Aurelian Coaching Model, Management Mastery: Teams

Managing Up: Address the 3 Biggest Challenges to Mastering this Elusive Skill

When I interviewed a number of mid-career managers about their greatest pain points, one item came up again and again: managing up. You can find a lot of great articles online about managing up, and they're useful for tips and things you can try to do to manage up better. However, I'm interested in exploring… Continue reading Managing Up: Address the 3 Biggest Challenges to Mastering this Elusive Skill

Clean Thinking, Personal effectiveness

Application of the 3-2-1 Model for Critical Thinking

I simplified critical thinking into a short model because I would rather we all practice it more systematically in our daily lives. I would prefer to see that critical thinking is not something we have to strive toward when it really matters, but rather, we flex that muscle so regularly, it's second-nature. Super complex critical… Continue reading Application of the 3-2-1 Model for Critical Thinking