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The Idiot Leader

The Idiot Leader

I’ve found, and this will be controversial, that there are very few idiot leaders. Instead, I’ve seen employees who believe they deserve recognition, and the only logical reason they don’t receive that credit is that their leader has to be an idiot. I’ve seen this mentality many times, and I’ve even experienced this firsthand. But unfortunately, I think many people fail to recognize that the only thing they can truly change is themselves. They may have an imperfect leader, a…

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The Middle Manager’s Guide to Middle Management: Books

The Middle Manager’s Guide to Middle Management: Books

Managers account for 70% of variance in employee engagement scores. Gallup, 2014 Why Great Managers Are So Rare It’s daunting for a leader to think that most of their employees leave because of them. As a middle manager, it is too easy to attribute this rationale to reasons above or around you. However, in a survey by Career Addict, 4 in 10 employees stated that they would return to their jobs if their boss were replaced. Still, 40% is an…

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The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side – Unless You Are a Fish

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side – Unless You Are a Fish

“The grass is always greener” is a common phrase leveraged to combat employees fleeing a company. Often, that phrase is used to help employees understand that they may have an inflated perception of their new job offer. Like, beer goggles, but for jobs. It turns out it’s an actional Syndrome. If your employee is showing a “grass is always greener” rationale for leaving their job, there is actually another approach worth considering. What’s your Water? Many core aspects of one’s…

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The Middle Manager’s Guide to Middle Management: Truth

The Middle Manager’s Guide to Middle Management: Truth

You’ve just been promoted into management – Congratulations, you’ve made it, right? You can just sit back and let everyone else do the work. Ummm. No. Aside from the fact that very few people actually want to be in middle management – it is now about the possibility of using your influence to benefit the organization. And it really doesn’t matter whether you’re now CEO or the lowest tier of management possible – there are a few inevitable truths about…

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Group Think or Collaboration?

Group Think or Collaboration?

No one marches into an implementation and aims to deliver only the absolute bare minimum. Well, maybe Larry does. Screw Larry – he’s an idiot. Well, no one except Larry aims for the lowest common denominator. Even so, it’s deceptively easy to slip from aspirational change into ‘good-enough’ type implementations. Sometimes we even justify the slippage by calling our new target, MVP, Minimum Viable Product. However, the difference is that MVP is a target along a journey, not a watered-down,…

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Leadership – 5 Skills to Become a Strong Remote Leader

Leadership – 5 Skills to Become a Strong Remote Leader

As a remote leader for the last 8 years of my career, I haven’t had the learning curve that some leaders find themselves on right now. Transitioning into a remote leader does require a re-tune. Organic moments in the office don’t happen unless you make them happen. And unless you have a sixth sense that crosses the space-time continuum, then you have to know what to focus on to do that. Forbes released a visual guide on five key things…

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The Language we use

The Language we use

‘Sort of’ is such a harmless thing to say. Sort of. It’s just a filler. Sort of. It doesn’t really mean anything. But after certain things, ‘Sort of’ means everything. Like after, ‘I love you’ or ‘You are going to live.’ — Demetri Martin The language you use can help you or harm you at work. The words you choose, the phrases you adopted along your journey, the types of things you choose to speak about – all matter. Do…

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Handling Stress in the Covid-19 era

Handling Stress in the Covid-19 era

If you alive right now, you are likely feeling a crazy amount of stress. Whether unemployed or fully employed, there is increasing pressure associated with the unknown. As you factor in that very few businesses are thriving (with some obvious exceptions) — it is clear that the pressure to survive is immense for virtually every organization. If you are unemployed, the amount of competing applicants is staggeringly high. And if you are employed, the amount of stress your company is…

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It Matters

It Matters

As president and CEO of this little corner of the internet, it’s essential to acknowledge the world that we are sharing right now. The goal of Tech vs. Humans is to create and build and ideate and to do that in a world we would all want to live in. But we can’t do that unless we stop and face the ugliness woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Given the recent death of George Floyd at the hands…

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