Jeff Schmitt


Jeff Schmitt is an online columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek. He has spent 17 years in sales, marketing, project management, training, legal compliance, and recruiting. You can reach him via e-mail or follow him on Twitter.

Jeff Schmitt

Articles by Jeff Schmitt


  • When to Give Someone a Second Chance
    The author reflects on a wayward intern—a young guy with a police record—he took under his wing on the job
  • How to Deliver 'The Speech'
    It's time to read your employees the riot act, lay down the law, and set them back to day one. Here's the way for a boss to vent effectively
  • Managing the Office Pest
    He means well and maybe is even a little lovable, but a needy co-worker sure can suck the life out of you
  • Meet Your New Boss: the Competition
    It's only natural that businesses recruit employees from rivals. So what can you expect when one of those opponents winds up as your boss?
  • Breaking out of Insular Cultures
    Are your reports afraid to voice legitimate complaints? Is your every word straight from the party line? Maybe it's time to rethink



  • Excelling as a First-Time Manager
    The colleagues who loved you as their peer now report to you as their boss. Will they still respect you?
  • Thriving Alongside Dead-Enders
    Are you stuck with a group of negative, unmotivated colleagues? Just because you have no authority over them doesn't mean you have to play their game


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