This cast gives managers specific steps to take when dealing with a personal crisis of a direct report.

Mark once heard a manager say that when one of his directs started crying, he simply "gave them some tissue and walked out." Even though he prided himself on being a tough-minded, results oriented, very successful manager, at some level he knew that his response was too callous, too cold. When Mark looked at him, mouth agape, he immediately backpedaled and said something to the effect of, "well, I'm giving them space...I don't want them to be embarrassed . . . I appreciate their need for privacy . . . I didn't want them thinking I was evaluating them right then."

All delivered with that delicate edge of panic that comes from defending the indefensible. Your directs have lives outside of work, and as often as you will ask them to stay late, to do more, to answer emails on the weekend . . . every once in a while, THEIR lives are going to herniate into YOUR work.

What do you do as a manager when one of your team has a crisis? When their spouse is hurt or hospitalized? When their house burns down? When someone's parent passes away?

We'll tell you in this cast.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • What do I do when one of my directs has a personal problem?
  • What should I expect when a direct has a personal problem?
  • What should I say to someone who is having a personal problem?

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