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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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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
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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
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How managers can lead newsrooms in a digital age

Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief Jim Brady doesn't know who Olivia Pope is, but is more than willing to find out about the central character in the TV series "Scandal." That openness to the interests of diverse workers can be counted among the new skills required of leaders managing today's digital staffs, the topic of a workshop Saturday at the … Read More
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