Fresh Look – Speaking truth to power

Sticking your neck out to advance an unpopular idea can be pretty scary.[1] This is especially true if your idea involves going against the commitments of authority figures or team preferences. Speaking truth to power is one of the most…

Fresh look – adapting to a new boss

Given the pace of contemporary organizational life, it is just a matter of time before you have a new boss. When this happens to you, keep three things in mind. First, realize that your brand precedes you. If you are…

fresh start

With this post, I am beginning a new series entitled, FRESH LOOK. During my “leave,” I thought a lot about where this blog was going. Up to this point, I have brought you new research findings relevant to office politics….

Do women prefer male or female bosses?

Male. This preference is pretty robust, i.e., it occurs in a variety of contexts.[1] I have now logged over 1,000 posts on this blog. Time for a break. God willing, I will start posting again on the first of February….

Is your boss an effective change agent?

All of us have lived through organizational changes in which our manager was a principal agent. How well did s/he do at applying known propositions of change management? If you want an assessment fill out the following questionnaire. Directions: Please…

If your boss shares a positive experience…

For goodness sake, offer a positive, enthusiastic response. That way, research shows that your boss will experience both happiness and increased life satisfaction.[1] Many bosses will withhold telling you about positive experiences believing that it is a sign of bragging….

The career implications of romances with your boss

Everyone knows that having an affair with your boss is unwise, but is that really true? Yes it is. A number of studies show that romantic involvement with your boss is career limiting.[1] A new study shows, for example, that…

Negotiating special deals with your boss

What do you do if you want a “special arrangement” that grants you something “out of the ordinary.” What I’m talking about is an idiosyncratic deal or “i-deal” for short. Let’s say that you are coaching a Little League team…

Is your boss a good communicator?

Bosses who are good leaders give good direction, encouragement and feedback. Are you fortunate enough to have a boss who communicates well? Bosses who do well on the following test are more satisfying to work for and make you a…

Were you hired personally by your present manager?

Congratulations! If that is the case, your manager has a positive bias in favor of you.[1] If asked to appraise your performance, s/he will give you an edge over others than were not hired directly. A bonus is that your…