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Dan McCarthy on Management

Dan McCarthy on Management

Dan McCarthy has been in the field of leadership development for over 20 years. He is currently the Director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics (WSBE). Reach Dan by e-mail at Dan's website is

10 Essential Leadership Models

While there have been thousands of books written about leadership, there are a handful of leadership models that have served me well as a leader and leadership development practitioner. These are the tried and true models that have shifted my thinking about leadership and helped me create teachable leadership moments for others.

Leading When The Boss Isn't Around

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for an organization and not have a boss breathing down your neck? Sure, everyone -- even entrepreneurs and CEOs -- answers to someone. However, there are jobs that are so far down the deep end of the empowerment continuum that it feels like you're on your own, with little or no supervision. I am in one of those positions.

How to Discuss a Problem with Your Manager

When youve been a manager for a long time, or are used to working with lots of managers, you sometimes forget how hard it is for an employee to approach their boss to discuss something bothering them. For many employees, the thought of confronting a boss can be intimidating. They will come up with all sorts of other ways to cope with the situation.

Dealing with Poor Performers

Dealing with a poor performer has to be one of the hardest responsibilities of a leader. Great leaders confront performance issues head on. They provide feedback, coaching, counseling, and if all else fails, real leaders fire underperformers. Its all part of earning your scars as a leader. Cowardly managers come up with all kind of creative ways to avoid dealing with performance issues. Here is a summary of many of the actual methods Ive encountered:

10 Mistakes Leaders Should Make

I was driving to work the other day and the morning show hosts were doing a bit on a list someone created called 10 Mistakes Everyone Should Make Before They Die. While it was a lame bit, that, along with an email from reader Tim Eyre, gave me the idea for this blog post. Here are 10 mistakes every leader should make - and learn from - before they die.

Improve Your Leadership Skills

Like it or not, presence is an important competency for any leader. You know it when you see it a leader with presence exudes self-confidence, is self assured, can be passionate about their beliefs, commands attention, communicates well, and makes people around them feel better and more self-assured. Here are five acting techniques you can begin to work on to improve your leadership presence.

Im Your Boss, Not Your Friend

Is it ever OK for a manager to be friends with their employees? Believe me, this isnt just a question brand new managers struggle with (and most of them do). Its an issue a lot of experienced managers are questioned about as well, and many of them dont think its a problem at all. The issue of buddy to boss might not be as black and white as you might think.

GM's: Don't Be "That Guy."

Im noticing a lot of references to that guy these days. Maybe because I work at a college campus? Theres no shortage of that guy references, including references to all kinds of things you shouldnt do in bars, on college campuses, in dating, in social media, and on and on. That guy is usually described as basically full on himself, socially clueless, arrogant, a jerk, completely lacking self-awareness, and gets drunk a lot. Could that be you?