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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If
They're Real People

How to Lead Employees As If They’re Real People

I recently had the privilege of kicking around ideas with Kelly Leonard on his WGN broadcast “Getting to Yes, And . . .” We talked about what makes an employer cool, what happens if fear is unleashed inside a company, and why people have Stone Age reactions to modern challenges.

If your commute is 36 minutes and 21 seconds, this one’s for you. The podcast can be found here.

The Powerful Example of a Young Hockey Player’s Handshake


Minnesota high school hockey culture is, at times, brutal. What’s euphemistically called “chirping” is variously rude, scatological, misogynistic, thin-skinned, and profane. The f-word is inserted by some on the ice and in tweets as adjective, verb, and noun. Insulting the other teams’ skill, appearance, girlfriends, economic status, masculinity, or parentage is de rigueur. Yet one can’t judge these 16-to-18-year-olds too harshly; there’s a lot of that snottiness going around from people old enough to know better.

So it was a pleasant surprise to witness what happened after the state championship game last weekend. The story is my latest column for Forbes.

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