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The Manager and Direct Report Relationship

I’ve been thinking a lot more about the manager and direct report.  I’ve been direct report to about 15 people in my life in all my different roles.  I’ve seen a lot of different styles of management, as have many of you.
It’s important to consider the objective of this relationship prior to analyzing it in [...]

Organizational Perspectives – Add Value However You Can

When someone says they are “in the weeds” it means they can’t really see much beyond what their day to day tasks is. Imagine wading through a bog of cattails, you cannot really see anything and your lucky to know which way to go at all!
The longer you are in one organization, the more [...]

Confidence Indicators At Work

The number one indication I see of confidence in people is the ability to admit to things they don’t know. Or that they were wrong about something.  The people that refuse to admit wrong are similar, but I’ve written about them before so I’ll just leave that alone today.

Both of these qualities are actually rare.  [...]

Annual Reviews: A Flawed Concept

This and last week were those of annual reviews.  Most organizations do these kinds of things in order to review a person’s performance.  It’s one of those things that has been done for a long time and correspondingly will continue to be done for a long time. Large organizations do them for a few reasons, [...]

Paying for Leadership

When you look at salaries of many professionals, especially people at the top rungs of the organizational ladders, it can be eye opening and somewhat hard to swallow.  Especially for folks in the lower or middle of the pack when it comes to income.  Growing up, the idea that someone could be paid millions of [...]

100 Friend Limits

Way back when, when I was on Facebook, I had a good amount of “friends” on the service, maybe 350-500.  I can’t recall the exact number, but it was a lot of people from High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, my various occupational peers and a few randoms as well.
On Twitter I have followed 96 people and [...]

Managing With Power

It hasn’t been long since I finished a book.  Went from a several month gap to a few weeks gap between reads.  There’s a good reason for that, this is without a doubt one of the most important business books I’ve read.  Actually check that, it’s one of the most important BIG business books I’ve [...]

Headhunter Etiquette

Today, a head hunter called me at work. This happens every few months. I was a bit taken aback today though. Someone left me a message with their name and I could not figure out who it was, but thought it might be important, so I called back. It was just [...]

Intent and Perception

There is absolutely no getting around it.  What you intend to do and what people actually percieve are going to be different things more often than not.  That means that you can be absolutely remarkable in terms of effort and ability, but the perception of your output is going to be different than what you [...]

Favorites

When people have something or someone that they like better than anyone else, they often don’t choose them based on being the absolute best, even if they are.
Think of your favorite sports athlete.  Your favorite movie.  Your favorite pair of socks.
You’ll find that in many situations, it’s not the actual utility of the thing in question.  It’s [...]

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