“What Great Bosses Know”: Practical advice for managers & leaders from Jill Geisler.

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10 secrets your Great Boss never told you

I have to confess. Were it not for a desk calendar that highlights various holidays,  I’d never know that Tuesday, October 16 is “Boss’s Day” in the United States. It’s an occasion that’s never been on my radar.

I also … Read more

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Thursday, Aug. 09, 2012

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The 10 powers of leadership and why they matter

Jill Geisler delivered the commencement address to this year’s graduates of Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, where she received her master’s degree in 2004. This is an adapted version of her speech.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

8 ways the Penn State leadership meltdown could happen in your organization

The Freeh Report is a chilling indictment of the leadership at Penn State. People at the top build, sustain or change organizational culture, and clearly, Penn State’s needed a radical change. It took a tragedy to make people believe it.… Read more

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Monday, July 09, 2012

The 4 D’s that can derail a difficult conversation

It ranks among the least appealing but most important management duties: conducting tough talks with employees. Bosses are required to hold people accountable, let them know what’s expected of them, and keep them informed — even when the news isn’t … Read more

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Great bosses know: Hire good people, but don’t leave them alone

Ever have someone send you a link to an article, knowing it’s a hot button issue for you? It just happened to me, as my Poynter.org editor Julie Moos called my attention to a brief post on The Atlantic’s website,Read more

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The 5 ways great bosses win the battle against their evil twins

Consider this fair warning, managers. Lurking nearby, ready to make an uninvited workplace visit, is your “evil twin.” That substandard sibling is the one your staff sees when they misinterpret your behavior.

I’ve met countless “evil twins” while reviewing the … Read more

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

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To build the team, build the trust, with these 8 tips

Take a look at a photo I really admire. It’s a little soft-focus and the framing is a bit off. That’s what makes it perfect. After all, the photographer had only seconds to shoot and only one free camera hand. … Read more

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Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012

10 tips for preventing staff burnout in spite of more work, fewer resources

Motivation. It’s a popular topic in leadership teaching. Keeping staff members engaged, positive and productive has always been a management responsibility.

But today, the questions about motivation are often more blunt, even raw. How do we handle the human impact … Read more

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Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2012

Meet 12 great employees to toast in 2012

Dear Bosses:

I hope 2012 will be your best year yet as a manager. I know that one of your tasks in the months ahead will be a ritual many of you dread: writing annual performance reviews for staff. It’s … Read more

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Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

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6 books for great bosses to give or get as holiday gifts

Leaders are continuous learners, always looking to explore fresh ideas. That’s why I’m often asked to recommend good books for bosses. Sometimes I suggest what I’d call “classics,” which I’ve written about in previous columns. But let’s look at … Read more

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