5 Questions to Ask on Your First Day Managing a New Team

5 Questions to Ask on Your First Day Managing a New Team

Taking over leadership of a new team can be a challenge. When you come in the door as a manager, all eyes are on you, and what you do during the first few days and weeks will set the stage for how you are perceived, and how you relate to your new team members.  All...
What Makes a Great Manager?

What Makes a Great Manager?

What words come to mind when we think about what managers do? Crack open a thesaurus and we find a range of synonyms from ‘director’ to ‘zookeeper’. The dictionary uses words like ‘control’ and ‘administer’. Ask an employee, and you’ll likely get an eye roll along...
Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (TED)

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (TED)

In a short (14 minute) talk, Amanda Palmer helps us understand the power of asking. A truly fascinating example of leading by giving. I’m reading Give and Take this week (book review to come). This is a good example of a successful giver. (photo by Jurvetson,...
Do Your Best

Do Your Best

Last week Victor Lipman wrote a wonderful post on the many different hats managers need to wear in order to be successful. It’s a huge challenge for a leader to juggle all those roles, and some days it can feel truly overwhelming. What do you do when you feel...

How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down...
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