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Performance Management Isn’t Only About Results
Performance Management Isn’t Only About Results 1080 608 Jason Lauritsen

I recently finished binge-watching the FX show, Welcome to Wrexham. It’s a documentary made about the team and community surrounding a Welsh Football (Soccer, for us Americans) Club that was purchased by two Hollywood stars, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in 2019. I’d highly recommend, particularly if you are either a sports fan or even…

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Why we need to kill the dress code
Why we need to kill the dress code 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Perhaps the simplest and most potent management advice I have to offer is this. Treat people like responsible adults. Sadly, the legacy of traditional management practices we inherited doesn’t always do this. Case in point: the dress code. For most of my career, I’ve railed against dress codes as insulting and mostly unnecessary. Our role…

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How to Make Work Suck Less
How to Make Work Suck Less 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

My recent video about Quiet Quitting generated a lot of reaction. Reading through the comments, I was reminded of a sad reality. Work still sucks for a lot of people. If you look at any article or video online about Quiet Quitting, you find the same thing–a bunch of comments that fall mostly into two categories. The biggest…

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Why You Should Ask Employees What Would Make Them Quit
Why You Should Ask Employees What Would Make Them Quit 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

It’s the conversations we are most afraid of that are the most important to have.  This is true in all areas of our lives. And it’s particularly true at work right now. As you worry about retention and losing our best people, I’d ask you this.  Do you know why each of your best people…

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Quiet Quitting is NOT the Problem
Quiet Quitting is NOT the Problem 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Is it just me or does it seem like references to “quiet quitting” are everywhere all of a sudden? Thanks, TikTok. Last year, it was people posting their resignations to TikTok (also known as “for real quitting”). Now it’s quiet quitting. But what is it? Is it actually quitting? And it’s not really that quiet…

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How to Fix Employee Performance Issues without Breaking the Employee
How to Fix Employee Performance Issues without Breaking the Employee 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

One of the biggest mistakes I see from managers and organizations is how they address performance issues with employees. They treat the performance issue as if it’s some flaw in the employee to be fixed. Or worse, like the employee has somehow decided to under-perform on purpose and deserves to be punished. Performance improvement plans…

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Performance Is Always First
Performance Is Always First 1080 720 Jason Lauritsen

As I was scrolling through LinkedIn this week, I stumbled across this post from the prolific Adam Grant. The post was promoting an interview he had done with Prince Harry about mental health at work.    Given the amount of writing and speaking I do about well-being and compassion in management, you might assume I’d read…

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Management Shouldn’t Be So *Bleep*ing Complicated
Management Shouldn’t Be So *Bleep*ing Complicated 1080 721 Jason Lauritsen

Why do we make management so hard?  I’ve got an entire bookshelf that is full of management and leadership books, many filled with contradictory advice about what really matters or the most effective approaches.   Why have we made it so complicated? Spending years as a corporate executive was a study in unnecessary complication. One specific…

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Managing = Caring
Managing = Caring 1080 565 Jason Lauritsen

The longer I study and teach management, the simpler things become. For example, this week, I was again asked how managing a hybrid team is different than managing a team that is in the office full-time.  When someone asks this question, they are expecting me to share how managing a hybrid team is more challenging.…

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What will the future of work look like?
What will the future of work look like? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Over the past week, I’ve been asked twice what I think the future of work will look like. And while it’s always fun to speculate, here’s the truth.  There is no way to know with any precision what’s coming in the future. If there’s anything the past few years has taught us, it should be…

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