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Slow down and read this: 6 ideas for making better decisions

Lessons in management, like all good stories, pop up almost anywhere. Case in point: a recent episode of "Restaurant Impossible," the weekly effort by the Food Network’s Robert Irvine to “save a failing restaurant” in just 48 hours. Having seen many of the show’s nearly 100 episodes, I can tell you that in almost every case, poor management contributes to … Read More
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Maybe your staff can handle criticism, but are they learning anything?

How well do you handle criticism? I ask because in Poynter’s new report, “Core Skills for the Future of Journalism,” no multimedia skill received as many votes from professionals, academics, students and independent journalists as this one: “Handle Criticism Well.” Must be pretty important, eh? Permit me to suggest why many respondents rated this “skill’ in the top one-third … Read More
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Leading Into the Wind: a talk on leadership in challenging times

Editor's note: This article was adapted from a speech presented by Karen Dunlap, former president of The Poynter Institute, at The Centre for Women in Tampa, Fla., on March 27. This is a 1975 photo of Katharine Graham, left, first woman elected to The Associated Press board of directors, during a board meeting in New York City. (AP Photo) Mary … Read More
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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
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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
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Managers, make 'we can be better' more than empty words

So today I’m thinking about Casey Stengel and Jesus. Why? Well, in my life, it’s the time of year for two really important six-week seasons: spring training and Lent. Both are times devoted to preparation. Both are opportunities for fresh starts. And both give those who take part a chance to make an important change — whether it be their … Read More
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Advice from an introvert: It's time to speak up

I’m an introvert. A lot of folks are surprised to hear me say that. We’ve seen you teach, they say. And you were a managing editor. And you coordinated media relations for a big health-insurance company. That’s all true. I also can work a crowd, make conversation with people I don’t know, even seize the microphone if that’s what the … Read More
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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
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Gasp! How news managers can get better at listening

Here are five signs that your boss – specifically your editor – isn't listening to you: 1. Looking over your shoulder for the next person to enter the room 2. Looking at his watch 3. Checking her cell phone 4. Staring at a computer screen while talking over his shoulder 5. Interrupting you to run off … Read More
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News managers: Think like great writers, focus on the right details

Sometimes sadness is like a drug that won’t let go. On the morning after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in New York with a needle in his arm, I spent several hours reading news stories, appreciations and old profiles written during his remarkable stage and film career. With each story that I opened, I promised … Read More
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Building a creative news environment can be a matter of routine

Newsroom managers have always needed to be good jugglers. When someone asked how I was doing, I often answered: “I’ve got a lot of balls in the air — and I’m trying not to let too many of them land on my head.” But listen to managers talk today about their daily challenges, and the juggling metaphor no longer feels … Read More
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