3 Leadership Lessons from CBS’ Supergirl

This past September, Supergirl flew onto our screens from Krypton on CBS’ new hit TV series. Your life is already pretty super, so you might be thinking the show isn’t for you. If you wanted to look at a superhero, you’d just look in the mirror.

But this show is about more than its caped heroine! It’s also about her strong support team – in many ways, the show relates to anyone who has worked in an office environment.

Below are 3 leadership lessons you can harness from the woman of steel! [Read more…]

The Top 4 Leadership Myths

You don’t need super powers to be a leader.

Some people seem to inherently have leadership skills, much like Superman was born with an array of impressive powers. But others have to earn it the hard way. Even Bruce Wayne had to climb a mountain to learn how to be a hero.
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Three Keys to Super-Speed (Even If You Aren’t the Flash)

We get it – there’s not enough time in the day. We can’t all have super-speed or travel through time. Some of us have to settle for the ability to read expense reports super thoroughly. But even the most mundane of heroes can get more done with these surprising techniques. [Read more…]

Let Go to Gain More Control

“Forget it! I’ll just do it myself.”

How often do these words come flying out of your mouth like Superman coming to save the day? Does that thought bubble over your head say, “If I want it done right, I’ll have to do it myself?” Are you convinced you manage a team of complete idiots?

This just in: We don’t need x-ray vision or mind reading abilities to know that you are not surrounded by idiots! Instead, you are what we like to call a control freak. [Read more…]

The Five Management Powers That Make You Superman

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! All pretty solid descriptors for your management style, right? It’s time to take off those glasses, Clark Kent – we all know you’re Superman!

But just because you’ve got heat vision and ice breath doesn’t mean you know how to use them. Workplace villains are powerful, but you’re super, and you need to keep your management powers sharp. [Read more…]

When to tell whiners ‘enough is enough’

Whiner from another department is driving good employees nuts

For some folks, whining is the national pastime.

It makes no difference how well things are going, they always have a gripe.

Obviously, whiners can poison the well. But even in a place where employees generally ignore the whiner, it can still disrupt productivity.

That’s the situation manager Susan Baker found herself in when a whiner was driving one of her good employees to distraction. [Read more…]

Employee freaks out when long-term co-worker becomes her supervisor

The Scenario

“I want to register a complaint,” Lucy Alschuler announced as she stamped into Stu Capper’s office.

“About what, exactly, Lucy?” asked the HR director, motioning Lucy to a chair.

“About Linda Webster. My new boss.” Lucy spat out the last word. [Read more…]

How to deal with a backstabbing employee

Employee smiles to your face, then trashes you behind your back

No matter how good morale is, there are always some employees with negative attitudes.

The worst may be those who offer sweet smiles to your face – and then badmouth you or the company to other employees.

It can tarnish a manager’s image, undermine his or her authority and crush morale.

That’s the situation manager Katie Adams faced when she heard a worker badmouthed her to others. [Read more…]

You can’t keep everyone happy: How to heal bruised egos

Report unintentionally ridicules employee

Keeping morale high and productivity up can be a constant juggling act.

As managers, we must motivate people to perform better, massage egos, deal with unacceptable behavior, settle conflicts, etc.

But let’s be honest, sometimes we screw-up – and make things worse. [Read more…]