Spot the Bad Guys: 6 Signs It’s Time to Let an Employee Go

Superheroes in comic books and movies have it made: It’s easy to tell the good guys apart from the bad guys. Hint: The bad guys are usually the ones laughing maniacally in poorly-lit lairs.

Managers, on the other hand, have a tougher job. It’s not always easy to spot the villains and goons lurking in your department. Many of them have gotten good at blending in with the rest of the crowd – so good, in fact, that some of them may even be managers!

The good news: Every bad guy has a tell – and you don’t need X-ray vision to spot them. Here are six signs you’ve got a villain-in-the-making on your hands who needs to be let go. [Read more…]

Gasp! 10 Warning Signs You May Be The Office Villain

It can happen to the best of us: Jean Grey turned into Dark Phoenix; the second Robin became Red Hood; even sweet little Anakin Skywalker was eventually consumed by the Dark Side.

If they’re not careful, heroes can slide into villainy. It starts small – letting your nemesis off with a warning here, a little micromanaging there – but before you know it, you’re plotting to take over the world and employee morale has evaporated.

Here are 10 warning signs you might be the villain in your own story – if any of these sound familiar, it’s time to save yourself… before it’s too late! [Read more…]

Dark Side Management Tips: How to Lead Like a Star Wars Sith Lord

Movies – is there anything they can’t teach us? Probably. But they can definitely teach us how to be an evil manager.

Let’s take Star Wars: Force Awakens for example. In this newest installment, we get to see a new face of the dark side in the form of the New Order, managed by the sinister Kylo Ren.

Like his predecessor, Darth Vader, and the Empire of the original trilogy, Kylo demonstrates a solid management style. [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…]

4 morale-crushing personalities – and how to handle them

As a new manager, you may want everyone to like you and want to get along with everyone. But the reality is, there are some people who are just plain DIFFICULT.

Before you joined the ranks of management, you could ignore those people and hope that they would go away.

Now that you’re a manager, handling these life-sucking vampires is your responsibility.

Here are four common destructive personality types and how you can deal with them: [Read more…]

How to STOP the zombies in your workplace

We have all read the statistics about the number of employees that are disengaged in the workplace – walking around like zombies – crushing the morale of all who cross their path.

It’s a classic dilemma for managers who want to motivate their staff: What do workers really want out of their jobs? [Read more…]

When finger-pointing hurts morale and productivity

Tired of excuses, it’s time to call their bluff

In today’s challenging environment, it’s important for managers to get everyone working as a team and to be less tolerant of individual’s unacceptable behavior.

Supervisor Katherine Grant found herself facing that situation with an employee who blamed everyone for his own failures

‘It’s not my fault’

“How’s that year-end project going, Jeff?” Katherine asked. [Read more…]