Category Archive: care and feeding

Are you killing your managers?

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It’s easier than you may think to ‘kill’ your managers. I’m personally not the greatest middle manager in the world, but I’m grateful for my time as one, since it helped me understand… Continue reading

Does your staff feel safe?

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I was recently reading an article about why Agile implementations are failing (yes, I’m a total geek), and it got me thinking about safety. I haven’t thought much about safety explicitly (beyond being… Continue reading

Managing stupid(ly)

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A few years back, I realized I was killing my staff. I thought I had found the ultimate in productivity. In order to manage my completely ridiculous inbox, I found a system.  Each… Continue reading

Working stupid(ly)

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I have a confession to make: I’ve been working stupidly. For a while now, I’ve been working all hours. Sometimes I start at 5am and end at 7pm. Sometimes I put in 60… Continue reading

Are you a bottleneck?

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Is your staff frustrated? Do you feel like they’re all inefficient? Is there a line every night out your office door and a long queue of email from your team awaiting your reply?… Continue reading

Making people successful

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Perhaps I’m a bit optimistic, but I am inherently convinced that anyone can be successful given the right attitude and circumstances. I think I came to this conclusion in college.  During my junior… Continue reading

How I give negative feedback

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In my previous post, I talked about how to give negative feedback. In this post, I’ll describe the steps that I personally take when I have to give negative feedback to someone. Do… Continue reading

Giving Negative Feedback

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I have to admit that I hate the word “feedback”.  To me, it’s basically like saying, “I’m about to tell you just how much you suck, but I’m going to put it in… Continue reading

Why does my staff hate me?

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If you’ve ever managed people and (like me) are somewhat empathic, you’ve had this experience: you walk into the office, and you can feel the waves of disgruntlement radiating from your staff. You’re… Continue reading

Leading Geeks through Disasters

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Some of you have read this blog for a while might already know that I have some experience with technology disasters. Specifically, two back-to-back disasters involving many gallons of water and a server room,… Continue reading