May 16 2014

The Difference Between Delegating and Empowering

So many managers pride themselves on being great delegators.  They think because they’re handing off all the lousy work they don’t want to do, they’re empowering their employees. Wrong! Empowerment, as the word implies, makes people feel they have some power over their work and their destiny.


Sep 11 2013

The Truth About Managing Managers

If you’re a front line supervisor or managing individual producers, you may look at your boss and think, “She’s always so stressed, glad I don’t have her job”.  Wrong! Moving from working in the weeds to managing people like you is like the feeling stay at home moms have when their kids start school. Both are well kept secrets.



Jan 14 2013

When You Have to Give Them ‘One More Thing’

Guest post By Maureen Gorman, Editor at Progressive Business Publications

Over the last few years, many companies have become leaner, using the mantra: “Do more with less.” Unfortunately, that often means employees who already have full workloads need to keep taking on more. As a manager, how can you help staffers handle additional tasks without burning out?


Oct 15 2012

The Keys to Effective Delegation

Are you one of those people whose office could star in TLC’s “Hoarders, Buried Alive”? But you love to tell everyone you know exactly where everything is? Here’s a news flash- you don’t! And if the proverbial “bus” hits you, you won’t.  The reality is that if you can’t manage yourself, you can’t manage others. At least not in the long run. 

Jan 27 2012

Want to Delegate-But Just Don't have the Time?

For most managers, this is an extremely busy time of the year. You’ve likely got goal setting, performance reviews, bonus discussions and strategic planning. Did we forget to mention you also have the day-to-day responsibility of managing your team? Drinking from a fire hose doesn’t even cover it.   You really want to delegate some of your work but lets face it…



Nov 18 2011

3 Keys to Empowering your Employees

Most of us were promoted to management because we did our job pretty well. Which is why empowering others is one of the hardest things to do as a manager. Let’s be honest, does anyone really do things as well as you do? Empowerment can mean many things to many people. For the workplace, the best definition is found in the business dictionary, because it actually includes the phrase “sharing information, reward and power.  The key to moving from simple delegation to full empowerment is..