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Management Quick Takes for Week of 4/18

April 22nd, 2011

quicktake Happy Friday! Well.. it has been a couple of crazy weeks, but I’m back in the saddle and ready to roll.

Each week I will share five articles that have caught my attention for one reason or another. In general, I will stay on topic (e.g., leadership, management, etc.), but I reserve the right to occasionally stray. There are a lot of great writers and bloggers out there. Hope you enjoy this week’s selection!

The Top 5 New Rules of Productivity: This post was recently shared with me through a colleague at work.  Alexander Kjerulf, The Chief Happiness Officer, presents an interesting and provocative perspective on the productivity rules for knowledge workers.  Not sure I agree with every point, but two fundamental beliefs I can really get behind: “Your productivity will vary wildly from day to day. This is normal.” AND “Happiness is the ultimate productivity enhancer.”

Leadership Caffeine: Is it Time for a Leadership Break?: One of my favorite bloggers on the leadership topic, Art Petty (you should really read his stuff), writes a thought provoking article that all managers/leaders probably think about from time to time.  Art covers five questions that can help you become more self-aware.  Just like everything else, there are ebbs & flows that occur in leading others (perhaps because while rewarding, it can be exhausting).  Whether thinking about taking a break from leading or just taking a break to recharge – your answers to these questions can help you set your direction.

The Absolutely, Positively, No Doubt About It Way To Keep Customers – In A Nutshell: I’m in the services business, so this post struck a chord with me.  I may actually just print this post out, and put it on my bulletin board.

Guidelines for Talking to Team Members About Their Performance: Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership, shares some pointed guidelines for having a performance discussion with a team member.  My favorite piece of advice he shares is, “You want your team member to leave the conversation thinking about how they will do things differently in the future and not about how you treated them.”How true is that?

Revisiting Colin Powell’s 13 Rules of Leadership: I’ve always respected Colin Powell and what he stands for.  This post by Management is a Journey Blog, shares some words of wisdom by Colin Powell.  It’s a great reminder of how some of America’s best leaders are thinking about leadership.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. April 22nd, 2011 at 15:19 | #1


    Thanks for including my blog post in your Management Quick Takes for this week.



    • Chuck Hebert
      April 22nd, 2011 at 15:32 | #2

      Robert, More importantly – thanks for the post. It was a great reminder for us all. Have a great weekend!

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