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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Year, 4 Months ago Karma: 0  
The Harvard Business Reviews offers three tips on strengthening your big picture skills....

The ability to see the big picture is a critical skill for a rising leader. Detecting patterns and linking concepts help connect your work, or the work of others, to the larger goals of the organization and to the world more broadly. Here are three ways to make those valuable connections:

Identify parallels. When faced with a new situation or project, ask yourself if it reminds you of anything. Are there elements that are similar to or relate to other situations in which you've been?

Expand your thinking. Look for non-obvious factors that may affect the situation. Seek out underlying causes or events.

Articulate analogies. To communicate what you are seeing, use metaphors and analogies to which others can easily relate.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Year, 3 Months ago Karma: 0  
If you have too much to do and not enough time to do it, it's easy to disappoint yourself and others, forget to follow through, and lose your temper. Managing your time better, learning to say "no" and resisting the temptation to multitask are all good long-term solutions, according to a recent tip of the day from Harvard Business Review.

But what can you do now to stop the fuse from lighting? Every hour, take one minute to take a deep breath and ask yourself if in the past hour you've been the kind of person you want to be. Have you been a good boss or colleague? Then recommit to who you are going to be in the next hour. Sometimes it only takes a small interruption to help you regain control. Why not take the time to prevent losing your cool before it happens.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Year, 3 Months ago Karma: 0  
Hi Sheryl:

Thank you for continuing your insights into being a better boss.

Time for self is so important, even if it is a quick walk down the hall for a cup of coffee or a breath of fresh air.
Interrupting the lighting of that fuse can, to your point, diffuse anger or help regain composure.

The disappointing of one's self is key to many things ... I've seen managers take our their anger and frustration on employees without realizing how hard they are being on themselves first. Self awareness is key.

Remaining open - without judgment, applies to all things, employees, situations and of course yourself. Listening and honoring the person before you is most important - in that silence of just listening, an employee or boss will feel
respected and heard... the human approach, open approach
leads to greater productivity and collaboration in the workplace.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Year, 3 Months ago Karma: 0  
Yet another piece of wisdom from the Harvard Business Review.

The brightest leaders don't just rely on their own intelligence to succeed, but use it to help their people shine as well. Here are three ways you can help your employees not only feel smarter, but act smarter.

1. Look for ideas everywhere. Don't assume you know where all the new and creative ideas will come from. Involve people on projects not because of their titles, but based on their ability to contribute.

2. Encourage openness. Create a safe environment where your people know they can -- and should -- think, act, and speak with reason. Have a high tolerance for mistakes so people aren't afraid to take risks.

3. Challenge them to get better. Offer opportunities for people to stretch their thinking and behavior. Set the expectation that everyone, including you, should improve their skills.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Year, 3 Months ago Karma: 2  
The trouble with this advice is that no one has the time to follow it. You need to be open, consistent and honest in your communication. But all that stuff takes time and patience and everyone is under the gun constantly now. Also while it's great to allow employees to make mistakes 1) employees are thinking about taking as little risk as possible right now 2) the amount of risk and way you encourage that depends on your organizational culture.
 
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Re:15 Ways to Be a Better Boss 1 Year, 3 Months ago Karma: 0  
This bit of wisdom comes from Harvard Business Review

Avoid the three tendencies of bad bosses....

Being the boss is hard, especially when you need to counter the natural tendencies that separate you from the people you manage. Knowing what these propensities are can help you avoid them. Here are the top three to watch out for:

Self-deluding. This isn't just a problem with bosses; the majority of people estimate their skills to be higher than they are in reality. Be aware that you might be self-aggrandizing and find ways to get input and evaluations that show you what your true skills are.

Heedless of subordinates. Those in positions of power are watched carefully by those under them. But that level of attention is not reciprocated. When you become the head honcho, don't forget to remain curious about and engaged with your direct reports.

Insulated from reality. No one wants to deliver bad news to the boss, so the boss often doesn't know the full story. Create a culture in which the messenger isn't shot, but lauded for bringing important information forward.
 
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