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Amy Omang Huber, Meeting Planning Consultant, American Staffing Association
Jan 31, 2014

February starts with an “F”
so make it a month of focusing on the fundamentals!


You probably made some New Year’s resolutions in January. Are you still on track? Yes, no, whatever.Good news: It’s not the big gestures like New Year’s resolutions that really matter. It’s what you do every day that matters. If you’ve fallen off the strong management wagon, just get back on. Take it one day at a time. Are you practicing the fundamentals… today?

Who needs a weak leader? Nobody.

Who wants a weak leader? Low performers who are hiding out, seeking to collect a paycheck, and hoping nobody notices!

High-performers want strong leaders who can help them do more, better, faster!

What about the vast majority of employees who are somewhere in the middle between high performance and low? Most are scrambling to take care of themselves and their families. They know they are expected to work longer, harder, smarter, faster, and better and they rely on their immediate boss more than any other individual for meeting their basic needs and expectations at work. They need strong leaders, not weak, to provide guidance, direction, and support every step of the way.

I have tried desperately to convince managers to dedicate themselves to being strong, disciplined, and all about the work. I want you to start holding your employees accountable and helping all of them work harder to earn what they need every day.

Remember… If you are somebody’s boss, you have power in relation to that person’s livelihood and career. Their work is how they feed their family. It’s how they pursue their ambitions. This is how they contribute to the mission of your organization, how they serve your clients and customers. And YOU are the boss. That is a huge responsibility. It is not one that should be taken lightly.

So… What kind of boss are YOU going to be? It’s all up to YOU.


Top 5 Ways to Be a Management MVP this Season

Business leaders tell me every day they still need to give themselves a reality check on their own management practices; to inspire them to fight under-management in themselves and in their midst; and to arm themselves with tools and techniques to be strong and highly-engaged. And every day, I coach leaders at all levels in organizations of all shapes and sizes on what we’re learning in our research. One day at a time:

  • Get in the habit of building regular structured one-on-one dialogues with every person you manage;
  • Spell out expectations clearly and relentlessly;
  • Track performance in writing;
  • Solve small problems before they turn into big problems;
  • Remove stubborn low performers; and
  • Reward high performers when they deserve to be rewarded (and only when they deserve to be rewarded!)


I hope YOU are off to a fundamentally strong 2014… Here at RainmakerThinking we are off to the races….. Please check out my brand new blog at Huff Post, “HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE MANAGER.” Plus, I just delivered my new book, filled with concrete tactics to solve the most common challenges managers face (forthcoming in September from JosseyBass/Wiley) and I’m already deep into the manuscript for MANAGING GENERATION Z (due out Spring 2015)… Meanwhile, our research team is wrapping up our next White Paper (to be released next month), HarperCollins will soon release a revised/updated new edition of IT’S OKAY TO BE THE BOSS, and our development team is nearly done with our new on-line training site… More on all of this news next month. It’s going to be a heckuva 2014!
Stay strong and stay tuned!


Huffington Post

How to be an Effective Manager
January 24, 2014

Chief Learning Officer

Forget Gen Y — There’s a New Generation Arriving at Work
January 3, 2014

Training Magazine

Help Wanted: Non-Technical Skills
December 30, 2013


Employees Dragging After the Holidays? Here’s Help
December 26, 2013

Training Zone

Just in Time Learning
December 11, 2013

USA Today

Take your parents to work? Good for employees, business
October 27, 2013

From “The Office”

Michael Scott: Remember when people used to say “boss” when they were describing something really cool. Like, “those shoulder pads are really boss man.” “Look at that perm, that perm is so boss!” It’s what made me want to become a boss.


You Don’t Have Time Not to Manage