Business tips

Executive jump-start

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail CoachingThanks for enrolling in executive coaching. This will jump-start you to a higher level of effectiveness. Here’s what we’ll be working on in the next four weeks.

Smarter hiring and work, life, family

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.21.13 Thumbnail HiringIt is surprisingly easy to out-compete other firms in hiring top people. You just need to think differently.

Mandatory corporate fun

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.31.13 Thumbnail OfficeFunIf you really want your team members to connect, there are few worse ways than “Mandatory Corporate Fun” that’s too obviously aimed at manipulating them.



How to write a perfect thank you note, again

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.24.13 Thumbnail ThankYouOne of my most popular articles is “Three Steps to Writing a Perfect Thank You Note." If you already write thank-you notes regularly, it’s a great reminder of the basics. For the rest of us who don’t, it provides a simple checklist that lets us dramatically increase the likelihood we’ll offer thanks in writing — and in the process, we’ll discover we’re making huge investments in our relationships. Here’s a fresh take on the topic, with some guidance on avoiding common errors.

Why the boss is always wrong

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.10.13 Thumbnail BossIsWrong“Are you ready to be a transference object?” Fred hesitated. The coffee shop seemed to become dead silent. One week earlier, Fred had been offered a dream job, as part time CEO of a startup, working for a proven star CEO — now Chairman — who had also offered to mentor Fred.

Six steps to solving a problem

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

05.03.13 Thumbnail SixStepsGood managers adopt a shared problem-solving framework. Here's how.



 

It's hip to be square

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

04.26.13 Thumbnail SquareI’ve recently come to realize it’s hip to be square. I decided this some months ago when I was helping present a powerful workshop to a corporate group, and one participant – let’s call him Joe – almost missed the boat. 

 

How to harness visual leadership

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

04.11.13 Thumbnail TomCoxWhen we need our busy co-workers and our busy selves to be both smarter and faster, what can we do? Get visual.


 

Stop putting people first - put profit first

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

04.05.13 Thumbnail ProfitStrategic execution requires that you stop putting people first (in the wrong way). Profit must come first.