Posts by Jill Geisler

About Jill Geisler

Jill helps news managers learn how to lead her favorite people in the world - journalists. Good journalists, she points out, question authority and resist "spin." It takes exceptional leaders to build trust, along with the systems and culture that grow great journalism. In addition to teaching leadership styles, conflict resolution, collaboration, coaching, decision making and problem solving, she also teaches in the area of ethics and broadcast journalism. Her background as a TV news director, reporter, anchor and producer inform her teaching on broadcast issues as well as her work with print and online leaders.

New York Times' Sulzberger took a risk; how about one more?

Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s latest statement is a far cry from the May 14 New York Times news release about Jill Abramson's departure, a missive that seems almost comically cordial now. Then, Sulzberger expressed his "sincere thanks" to her and she, in turn, thanked him for "the chance to serve," calling him "a steadfast protector of our journalism." Addressing the … Read More

Inside the Thunderdome newsroom: heartbreak and hustle

From leadership literature to commencement speeches, the message is: Don't fear failure. It's a gift that makes us stronger and wiser. But that's a heck of a lot easier to say -- and believe -- when you're looking at failure in the rear view mirror, not while you're in the midst of it. As the people of Project … Read More

And you thought the AP ruckus was just about style

Read Poynter's Storify of reactions to the AP Stylebook "over"/"more than" revision, and you get a quick class in change management, especially about the emotional impact of change. I’ve always taught leaders that change involves two key challenges: learning and letting go. This time, for legions of teachers, editors, and grammar fans, it’s about unlearning. It’s about changing … Read More

Why employees resent a 'Bigfoot Boss'

Great bosses often have big talent, big ideas and big reputations for excellence. But here's what I've learned: Even when those respected leaders are larger than life, they have remarkably small feet.  Said another way: They don't "Bigfoot" their employees. They don't stomp like Sasquatch on their colleagues' ambitions and successes. Employees resent "Bigfoot Bosses" because they are takers. Read More

Future of News Audiences live blog: what we are hearing (2)

Moderator Al Tompkins, Poynter senior faculty broadcast and online, opens with information about digital viewing of video. Loading time for video is very important. Too slow, and people will abandon the effort.  "Load 'em or Lose 'em" -- is key. Tompkins says documentary viewership is on the increase. He shows a clip from Frontline's "The Secret State of North … Read More

Future of News Audiences live blog: what we are hearing

As news organizations struggle with increased competition and fragmented audiences, Poynter gathered about 30 top news executives and researchers on Jan. 26-27 to examine how consumers are changing and what those trends will mean for journalism. Here is some of what we are hearing. (Note: These are summaries of participants' comments, not transcribed verbatim quotes. Follow along with Twitter hashtag  … Read More

How will you score on the 'Great Bosses Quiz'?

I know there are many managers who aspire to be great bosses. So, I've developed a little quiz to see if you're well on your way. Read the 10 questions, then select from the multiple choice answers. I hope the correct ones will be obvious to you and the others might bring a smile. You'll find the correct answers at … Read More

When managers fumble: 5 tips for repairing your reputation

We customarily think of managers as the men and women who pass judgment on the performance of others. But managers are evaluated, too. It may come in the form of annual reviews, employee surveys or union grievances. They may get feedback from conversations with colleagues and staff.  And from those interactions, even good managers … Read More