Six Dangerous Biases of Bosses

I write this message, knowing it just might offend you -- but it's a risk worth taking. Here goes:




Why talk about biases? Because they are real and we all have them. We're also in denial about them. Research says we think of ourselves as more principled and ethical than we really are. It's human nature.


That's why I wrote a column for that lists six dangerous biases that bedevil managers. I candidly share how a few them affected me and what I learned from them. If you want to build your credibility as a leader, check out this link for the column and podcast of "Six Dangerous Biases of Bosses."


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Closing the Gender Gap: Watch The Video

Here's video from "Closing the Gender Gap: A Forum on Women in Journalism Leadership," which I moderated this week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The focus was journalism, but the conversation covered issues that affect women in all professions.


With me on the panel (left to right) are Rachel Smolkin of Politico, Susan Goldberg of National Geographic, Madhulika Sikka of NPR, Carolyn Ryan of the New York Times, and Anders Gyllenhaal of McClatchy Newspapers.


As you will see, the audience is also filled with experts and lively voices!



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Closing the Gender Gap in Leadership

NPC This week, I had the honor of moderating a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Our focus was on the gender gap in journalism. Women are underrepresented in leadership and management roles and have yet to achieve equity in pay.


These issues aren't exclusive to media -- that's for sure. They affect women in most all professions. Using data and research, we examined the barriers that still exist for women and how to knock them down.


If you'd like to read more about the advice from experts, click on this link for coverage from Or check out this take from the National Press Club's website.


The National Press Club will be posting video of the 90-minute program with leaders of The New York Times, NPR, National Geographic, Politico and McClatchy publications as well.


There's lots of work to be done, so leadership genuinely reflects the whole spectrum of our population.


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Manager, Are You Addicted to “Fixing”?

CoachPoster One of the most vexing issues managers face is how to keep quality high. It's key to their job. It's so important that many supervisors make a big mistake: they devote large amounts of their time to fixing the work of their employees. When something needs to be better, they roll up their sleeves and re-do the work.


They are "fixers."


I know all about fixers. I was a hard core fixer myself, until I learned how damaging it was to my team and to me. That's why one of the most valuable -- and appreciated -- things I teach in my workshops is how to be a coach instead of a fixer. Believe me, if I could learn it, so can you.


Why managers fix, and what to do about it, is the subject of my latest column on Just click on this link to read: "5 Reasons Managers are Addicted to Fixing -- and How to Recover."


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What’s Your Management Style? Is It Effective?

BosstownCU The day I passed through Bosstown, Wisconsin, I had to jump out and take that photo. I knew it could illustrate a number of ideas -- a city of nothing but managers, or maybe a super cool municipality -- or maybe something downright scary. What if "Bosstown" is any place where a bad manager thinks he or she is the most important player on the team, and where everything hinges on his or her moods, preferences and whims.


That's a destructive way to supervise, isn't it? And that leads to the whole topic of management styles. How would you describe yours? More important, how would your employees describe it?


I recently wrote a column called "Just What the Heck IS Management Style, Anyway?" for the Poynter Institute. I did it in the wake of the firing of the editor of the New York Times, ostensibly because of management style issues. My concern is that some bosses don't really understand what that means -- and when they don't, they are likely to get into their own way, as they do their own thing. Their employees will suffer, and so will the boss's reputation and ultimately his or her career.


Management style is a conscious series of choices, built around values and skills. Would you like to read more about it? Just click on this link to get to the column and its companion podcast.


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