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There is an abundance of management and leadership articles available online. And that is very good. But many of these articles are redundant, outdated or just plain boring. What are some great topics to write about? Consider these seven:

It Ends With You

“Sorry, Bob, but THEY did not allow me to give you a raise.” Many managers are guilty of blaming bad news on their higher-ups or at least they present it that way. It happens everywhere because it’s convenient and does not feel wrong. Over to you: Can you motivate a manager to ‘own it’?

Putting On An Act

Wait, in the age of transparency, putting on a show makes no sense – that will surely backfire. But putting on a temporary act of confidence might indeed be beneficial. Who wants to follow a wishy-washy leader or one who seems unsure? Yet, in our fast changing world, many managers are confronted with ambiguity. Over to you: Can you share tips for managers on how to prevent passing ambiguity on to the team?

New Definition Of Diversity

Sounds like a dry topic. But consider extending the definition of diversity to include workers with different work styles. Do we secretly discriminate against people who decide to work from home? Or moms who come to work late because they take their kids to school? What about colleagues who prefer sitting on a bouncy ball or work standing up? Over to you: How can managers foster a culture of inclusion that does not discriminate against workers with different work styles?

Myth Busters

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs explains aspects of motivation. The sandwich technique is a great way to give feedback. Annual performance reviews are highly effective. Leadership is a trait. Over to you: Can you bust these myths?

Leadership Nonsense

If you browse the web, you will find many self-proclaimed leadership experts who offer their unsolicited advice. But here’s the tricky question, over to you: As a leader, how should you deal with people who give you (unsolicited and maybe bogus) advice? What should be the online etiquette to respond (or not respond) to posts or articles promoting leadership nonsense?

Firing For Underperformance

If an employee does not meet performance standards, the manager should a) provide more training b) fire him/her on the spot or c) – over to you.

Manipulation

“Bob, if you do not clean the men’s bathroom, you are fired.”

Leading employees should never involve threatening. That sounds simple enough, but all too often, managers slip into this abusive style of asserting influence. Over to you: How can managers give authoritative orders without threatening their employees?

If you write about any of these topics, I’d love to read your work. My email address is lea [at] wdywft.com. With your permission, we may feature your post in our Useful Resources For Managers section.

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