What Great Bosses Know
Leadership lessons from The Poynter Institute
Don't Be a "Bigfoot Boss"
February 16, 2014 03:59 PM PST
There's a particular type of manager that employees resent. The "Bigfoot Boss" takes credit for the work of others -- and takes lots more. In this podcast, the Poynter Institute's leadership and management expert, Jill Geisler, shares the damage "Bigfoot Bosses" do to their employees -- and their own careers. But she also shares tips on how to make sure you're never called a "Bigfoot."
Check her column on Poynter.org and her book, "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know."Take the Great Bosses Quiz
December 20, 2013 07:02 PM PST
Are you ready to see if you're a great boss? Poynter's Jill Geisler has a ten question, multiple choice quiz for you. She thinks the correct answers will be obvious, and the wrong ones might even make you smile. Good luck!When Managers Fumble - 5 Tips for Fixing Your Flaws
November 07, 2013 07:27 AM PST
No manager is perfect. Even a great boss has flaws. The Poynter Institute's leadership and management expert Jill Geisler has coached hundreds of bosses who want to fix their all-too-human flaws. She offers 5 tips for repairing your reputation.Managing That "Lazy" Employee
September 09, 2013 01:52 PM PDT
Every manager deals with underperforming employees. But management expert Jill Geisler believes it's too easy to just call people "lazy." In fact, she says it can lead managers to avoid dealing with the real reasons employees may be doing less than the manager expects. In this podcast, she offers a series of questions managers should answer before declaring that an employee's performance issues are grounded in laziness.Five Tips to Beat Procrastination
September 09, 2013 01:45 PM PDT
Are you someone who puts off doing work? Do you wait until the last minute or even talk yourself out of doing something you know you should do? In this podcast, Poynter's Jill Geisler shares tips from her Poynter colleague Butch Ward. Butch confesses to a little procrastination himself, and how he's learned to overcome it. The podcast has five practical tips to make your life easier.How to Close "The Feedback Gap"
June 22, 2013 07:27 AM PDT
Employees consistently say they get less feedback than they need to do their best at work. They want to know where they stand -- and not just once a year during a formal evaluation.
Yet quality, ongoing feedback remains elusive. Poynter's Jill Geisler is on a crusade to help bosses improve their leadership and their feedback.
In this podcast, she offers advice on the three key factors to high-impact feedback and why it is so important to performance management.
May 14, 2013 06:21 AM PDT
Want to be a boss known for helping good ideas take off in your organization?
There's a column that accompanies this podcast, filled with links to research Jill cites. You can find it at Poynter.org.Benefits of a "New Manager Mindset"
March 14, 2013 04:32 PM PDT
New managers come to the job with plenty of fears. The Poynter Institute's Leadership and Management expert Jill Geisler has help new supervisors overcome them all. But Jill believes there's something every manager -- especially the most experienced -- can take from the mindset of the newest bosses. She shares that secret in this podcast.
Jill's book "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know" is available to help managers of all experience levels. It's available everywhere.
Check out Jill's "Great Bosses" columns on Poynter.orgBreaking "Artificial Barriers" to Your Success
February 10, 2013 03:18 PM PST
You're a good employee. You'd like to have a greater impact in your organization. You have ideas and talent that could make the organization better. It may be tempting to think that the management at your workplace is failing to tap into your strengths and skills -- but what if the real issue is that YOU are letting "artificial barriers" hold you back?
"Artificial barriers" are so common that Poynter's leadership and management expert Jill Geisler can list at least ten of them she's helped people tear down.
In this podcast, she identifies how you may be getting in your own way, and what to do about it.
Jill is the author of the book "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know" -- a workshop-in-a-book for anyone who wants to be an effective leader.Your Message Matters -- Share It
December 31, 2012 10:11 AM PST
Poynter's leadership expert Jill Geisler often teaches about the importance of communication in leadership. This time, the lesson is very personal. As the new year approaches, Jill shares a story that drives home the importance of letting others know the impact they have. It just may inspire you to start the year 2013 in a most positive way.
In these short and practical podcasts, Poynter's leadership and management expert Jill Geisler explains the things great bosses know. Her valuable tips help anyone who hopes to be a great boss or to work for one.
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