Category Archive: general leadership

Useless Feedback

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An email ruined my weekend. (And I’m still mad.) It was an email filled with extraordinarily useless feedback, including completely false accusations. The person who sent it was so unaware of her own… Continue reading

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

Valuing employees

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When RecruitLoop and I were in our final stages of negotiating, we started talking about value. About how my primary concern was feeling valued by a company. Talking about value on both sides… 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

Making effective business arguments

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I know, lame title.  But I recently had an experience that reminded me that it’s not easy to make an effective informal business argument, and I wanted to record some of my take-aways.… Continue reading

Jumping on the “WTF Yahoo!” bandwagon (re: working remotely)

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I realize that pretty much everyone is writing about the Yahoo! work from home debacle (hi Jim!).  Just in case you’re living under a rock, here’s the salient part of the memo: To… Continue reading

Management styles: chutes, shields, and shows

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I’m becoming convinced that there are three basic types of managers: chutes, shields, and shows.  Each of these types should be preceded by a certain word that I won’t say on my blog,… 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