Bad Employee, or Just a Bad Fit? How to Tell If an Underperforming Worker Is in the Wrong Role

“Hire slowly and fire quickly” is a good rule—most of the time.

Other times, firing quickly could actually be a big mistake, such as when the employee in question is not necessarily “bad” but more like a bad fit for the current role.

Understanding the distinction is important because:

Can Personality Help Build A Better Virtual Team? What You Need To Know

If I have to build a virtual team of employees, what’s the most important thing to look for in candidates?

As remote jobs become more popular, managers and small business owners everywhere are beginning to ask themselves just that.

Why You Should Quit Brainstorming and What You Should Do Instead

Pioneered by advertising executive Alex Osborn in the 1940s, brainstorming has become the most popular creativity technique of all time. It operates as a kind of verbal free-for-all where participants think by association to come up with ideas to solve a problem.

For a business facing complex challenges, brainstorming is a compelling proposition. Lots of ideas are produced in very little time. Employees are democratically involved in the decision-making process and therefore are less likely to resist the implementation of the ideas later on. It sounds like the Holy Grail.

3 Exercises to Help Sensors and Intuitives Communicate

Have you ever tried to explain something that your conversation partner simply could not understand? Chances are, you were speaking to someone at the opposite end of the Sensing-Intuition spectrum. The two terms describe how a person creates meaning from the information they receive from the world. 

How Sensors and Intuitives Communicate

As a quick reminder, let’s take a look at the way Sensors and Intuitives process information.

Stress Management: What We Can Learn From Perceivers

There are certainly some folks out there who like operating from only rigid guidelines. Though it’s important to know what is expected of you in the workplace, many people stress over strict requirements. For that majority, Perceivers could impart wisdom on better handling such stress.

Even though it may appear that the Perceiving type is a little loose in dealing with work priorities, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Unless taken to the extreme, their open-ended approach to the world is simply a direct focus on process, not product.

4 Ways Introverted Leaders Can Make The Most of Their Strengths

When asked to describe a great leader, which type of person springs to mind? The all-guns-blazing, exuberant networker? Or how about the dominant visionary who flips tradition on its head? Certainly not the understated loner who listens more than they speak, right?

How to Stop Being a Boss and Start Being a Leader

Early in your career you dreamed about making it into management. But now that you’re there, your dream is turning into a nightmare. Rather than elevating your status, the corner office seems to be alienating you from your team who accept your guidance out of obligation rather than loyalty. So, what’s going on?

3 Ways To Manage Conflicting Personality Types

You're outgoing; he's reserved. She researches everything to death; you rely on hunches. Does this sound familiar?

You and your employees can fall into any one of the 16 different personality types, so don't be surprised if you find yourself supervising someone who is your diametric opposite. But, don't fret! Follow these ideas to manage personality opposites effectively.

Drawing Introverted Employees Out of Their Shells

Diversity is always valuable to have in workplace teams, but the strengths of each personality type need unique support to emerge. Employees who are introverts may especially prove to be challenging to work with for some extraverted managers or teammates, so it's crucial to take a few specific steps when working with them. Use these three tips to help you bring your introverted employees out of their shells so that they can make their best contribution to the organization.

Understanding How Judgers and Perceivers Approach Business Goals

It's no surprise that Judging and Perceiving types do things differently at work, especially when it comes to managing their business goals. Judgers approach life in a structured manner, creating plans to fulfill tasks in a predictable way. Perceivers, on the other hand, tend to feel constrained by structure, as they prefer to keep their options open and use their time to explore problems as they come. To a Perceiver, a Judging personality type is rigid and single-minded, while to a Judger, the Perceiver is an aimless drifter.