Fresh Look – Healthy attitude toward politics

We develop our attitude toward office politics according to our experience. If we observe a lot of self-serving manipulative behavior, especially if we are victimized by it, our attitude is likely to be negative. Accordingly, politics becomes highly stressful[1], and…

Fresh Look – Politics and performance appraisal

When your boss formally appraises your performance, do you get a fair and accurate rating, or does politics contaminate her judgment? Political manipulations of employee evaluations are not uncommon.[1] Hidden agendas a supervisor might apply include being biased against the…

Fresh Look – How much power does your job provide?

Office politics is about power, and we all have two sources: our job, and the sources like our networks, expertise, and inside information that we personally cultivate. Ever wonder how much power your job gives you? Take the following test…

Fresh Look – Is your mentor doing all s/he can for you?

Few of us consider the range of services a mentor might potentially provide us. Some mentors are merely advice givers; they tell us what to do but don’t do other things great mentors do. Great mentors not only provide task…

Fresh Look – Political Will

Not surprisingly, I was a skilled political player. However, at the end of my career, politics lost my interest. I scaled back on networking, cared little about how I was coming across, and exercised little social influence. It was a…

Fresh Look – Managing others as though they have a life

In my last post, I commented on the voluminous research on work-family conflict as it relates to senior managers. In passing, I referred to the role supervisors play in the fulfillment of each employee’s role as family member as well…

Fresh look – Humble leadership

Leadership scholars have long sought an answer to the question of what qualities separate good leaders from bad ones. By focusing on leaders in the normal range of the population, they overlooked qualities that differentiated between good and great leaders….

Fresh Look – Are your work friendships delivering?

What a strange question. Most of us feel that our friendships at work are important, but many of us have never considered how they might contribute to our flourishing as human beings. Thriving as a human being implies that our…

Have an employee you think may quit?

When faced with these suspicions, many of us resort to looking for signs that the employee is about to leave. For example, we may look to see whether she has updated their LinkedIn account with qualifications, skills, and competencies. But…

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…