“They offered me an analyst title,” a coaching client told me. “Do you think titles matter?” She looked at me funny as I started spluttering. “The hiring manager told me not to focus on the title,” she said. “The role itself is great — a dream job. But I feel disappointed about the title. Insulted, even.” My client, a woman of color, has been interviewing for vice president and executive director roles. “Easy for him to tell me not to focus on the title,” she mused. “He’s a 50-year-old white man with a president title. But seriously, am I making a big thing out of nothing?” I was still spluttering. “Yes! Your work title matters!” I exclaim. (I get carried away.) “Analyst is an awesome title, but it’s only a part of what you do,” I told her. “Having ‘analyst’ as your job title would not accurately reflect the scope of what you are expected to contribute to … [Read more...] about Make the job title part of your salary negotiations
Q: I work as a group manager in a tech firm. About six months ago my director was promoted to vice president and sent to the head office. A new director was hired, but it seems to me and to several of my peers and other stakeholders that he is not up to snuff. He makes frequent rash decisions, he criticizes people unduly, and he seems plain lazy, not showing up to key meetings. This has not improved over the months that he’s been in the job. I have an open line of communication with the previous director, and I’m thinking about complaining to him about the performance of the replacement. Something tells me that the more time passes, the harder it would be to do anything about this situation. But I am worried about the risks. What should I do? If I should act, what would be the best timing? — Isaac A: It may help to act, but not by “complaining.” Don’t simply dump a problem on your old boss; clarify in advance what you hope a conversation would … [Read more...] about The new boss isn’t working out. Should you go over his head?
You don’t have to get your co-workers a holiday present. But a small token sure is a nice gesture for teammates you interact with daily, the cube neighbor who invites you to coffee, the mentor who offers encouragement, the colleague who has your back on those last-minute assignments, and the people whose coffee talks, pep talks, vent fests and validation get you through the daily grind. Taking the time to show you get and appreciate them contributes to office morale, holiday spirit and a happy work environment. So, don’t just say you gave at the office — consider doing it. Here are 15 picks to help you spread a little workplace cheer. For the BFFset of the Fab Four for your whole posse ($38) or by the friend ($9). For the procrastinator“Running Late Is My Cardio” mug by Fringe Studio (on sale for $8.50). Maybe it’s even you. Perhaps filling this pretty, gold-lettered ceramic mug with 11 ounces of caffeinated goodness will help get them (or you) out … [Read more...] about 15 super-fun gift ideas for your co-workers
Q: I’m a chief operating officer at a medium-size nonprofit. My boss and I have worked together for many years and have always had a great relationship. Over the past year I’ve been dealing with a health problem, and my doctor is pushing me to have surgery. I keep putting it off because it could mean being away from work for as long as three months. I can’t afford three weeks without a paycheck, let alone three months, and the amount of paid time off we can accumulate is limited. My boss has urged me to have the surgery and says, “We’ll work something out.” How can I get him to give me a more concrete explanation of how exactly we’d work this out? I think he doesn’t want to be backed into a corner, but am I just supposed to trust his intent? A: You know what would make this whole situation easier? Short-term disability insurance. Many employers and a handful of states use it to provide income to workers temporarily disabled by illness or … [Read more...] about When you need surgery, but can’t afford the time off
Management and effective management are two different things. Management meets the expectation while effective management exceeds it. Effective managers get results by keeping their team productive. Management skills include problem-solving, strategic planning, communication, collaboration and delegation. Developing and continuously refining these skills will not only ensure that you are exceeding individual and team goals in your role, but will enable you to create your own management style. Management style is all about your approach to decision-making and building relationships with teams and colleagues. Some managers implement a style that is laid back, allowing for lots of innovation from team members and maybe even including an open-door policy. Other managers implement a style with more structure. Your style will be informed by the needs of your project, your personality and your experience of what works with your team. Your management style may be active, helping team members … [Read more...] about Up your management game