To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism. While praise is easy to give, it is far more challenging and unpleasant to criticize your employees. Yet the practice of management requires you to occasionally show employees where they need to improve. Thus, it is vital for managers to learn how and when to give negative feedback.
Despite the endless predictions that business travel will become “obsolete,” spending on business travel has just climbed to an all-time high according to Oxford Economics. Since business travel doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon, what steps should you take to maximize your productivity on the road?
Here are my four top tips for effective business travel:
Imagine that an electric company wants to build a loud, ugly power line on your property. They ask, “How much would we need to pay you to make this happen?” You’d probably demand a lot of money.
Now imagine that that power line already exists on your property. How much would you pay the electric company to get rid of it? Would you pay the same amount — or less?
My students frequently ask me how I planned out my career to become president of Fidelity Investments. I always tell them, “There was no grand plan; I backed into my career one step at a time.”
‘Death by PowerPoint’ has been an old adage batted about by managers who have seen too many flat presentations jammed with too much information, while falling short on clarity of theme or message. Today, the same lament can be said about email.
‘Death by Email’ describes the ailment of what professionals are losing today: Time and productivity.
Written documents are how professionals convey their ideas to the peers, clients, and bosses. This means that professionals need to be skilled writers if they want to get ahead.
Unfortunately, I often find that even the smartest, most talented professionals lack the requisite writing skills. Here are my three most important lessons for getting better at business writing: