Establishing a Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationship


A mentor can provide a huge advantage to any business person, especially a new manager or supervisor. Fortunately, you’re not out of luck if your organization doesn’t automatically set you up with one. We had the opportunity to talk with Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half Management Resources. He provided some great insight and advice about both the … [Read more...]

Ira Glass on Being a Beginner

This quote from Ira Glass, the host and producer of NPR’s This American Life, has been embraced by many in the creative fields. I’ve seen it pop up on a number of design and photography blogs I read for fun, but I think it’s just as relevant to those of us in the business world if you replace “good taste” with “vision.” Your “creative work” probably has more to do with creative … [Read more...]

The Line Between Being Assertive and Being Aggressive


No matter how great a manager you are, bad things will happen at work: not every day, but occasionally. It’s how you handle those incidents—the ones that fill you with frustration, anger and dread—that determine what kind of leader you are. If you respond to those occasions aggressively (outwardly or passively), you’ll undermine your team, spread fear and start the rumor mill. … [Read more...]

Secrets to Hanging on to Top Talent


Are you having trouble retaining key team members? Use these tactics to put the brakes on turnover:Understand what team members want. Not everyone longs for large salaries and outrageous benefits. Smaller organizations offer significant advantages, such as proximity to the owner and to the action, the ability to make an impact, personal recognition, and personal … [Read more...]

Our Gift to You: Words for Advice for 2014


Happy Holidays from the Bud to Boss blog!As 2013 draws to an end and we all prepare to welcome the New Year, we’d like to offer you these words of advice. May they serve you well in 2014.Quit sweating the small stuff. Nitpicking over the smallest details or micromanaging every aspect on every project will only lead to stress and—eventually—burnout. Keep things in perspective. … [Read more...]