Category Archives: Employees

What (Who) is the Problem?

If your team or organization is having productivity problems, perhaps the problem is one particular individual. Don’t ignore the problem, and don’t let it slide. It won’t get better without intervention. Combat the Effects of a Divisive Team Member has … Continue reading

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Everybody Makes Mistakes

We all, employees and managers alike, make mistakes. But when employees do make mistakes, it is the manager’s job to help correct them.  

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Leading from the Middle

Good libraries are led by good leaders. But there are also leaders who are not always at the “top.”

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What Does it Mean?

How many languages can you speak?        

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Tears?

So we recently talked about being new to management. Today we talk about what to do when as a new (or not so new!) manager you give feedback that results in tears, anger, or gossip.

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Feedback, not Criticism

In a workplace, whether it’s a library or some other organization, we need rules for employees, and we need to get along and work together. Really, it’s the same as in a home and family. We need to meet certain … Continue reading

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Don’t be (or Create) an Accidental Manager

An accidental manager is someone who falls into a supervisory role without the least qualifications to oversee the work of others.”

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Do You Have What it Takes?

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Problems or Solutions?

This is a tough one I think.  

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Sorry, I Don’t Have Time!

So, in libraries, as you probably know by now, we don’t just sit around and read books. 🙂 Sometimes, in fact, directors and staff are really busy with one project or another.

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