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Performance Reviews From A Manager’s Perspective

November 22, 2013

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It’s Performance Review season, also known as Evaluations, so I am fielding a lot of questions about what will or will not be evaluated or what the best approach is to take with the self-evaluation. In the spirit of the season, I thought I would share some insight into the process from a manager’s perspective. […]

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Dealing With The Here And Now

November 21, 2013

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snowplow pushing snow down a street

As a leader, it is really important to deal with the here and now… in the here and now. Famous leaders are celebrated for being “forward thinking”, “visionary” or “strategic”. While thinking ahead is a critical skill for great leaders, it cannot be at the expense of dealing with things in the here and now. […]

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Why Wearing Two Hats Is A Bad Idea

November 19, 2013

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Mural of the two faces of the Roman god Janus

In many companies and industries there has been a trend to combine “management” roles in an effort to reduce costs or improve efficiency. Personally, I first noticed this trend with combining project management and functional management roles. The reasoning is that any competent manager should be able to handle the project management duties for their […]

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Standout: A Review of Marcus Buckingham’s Book

November 18, 2013

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Because it speaks so much to my values, my all-time favourite management/leadership book is First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. It’s not so much that I am a rebel, breaking rules whenever I want. It’s because the book is based on a 25-year Gallup study on what great managers do: […]

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Should You Become A Manager?

November 15, 2013

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It’s remarkable how many people are accidental managers. These are people who became managers because they happened to be around when there was a need to put a manager in place. There just as many others who choose to become managers because of dreams of how it “should” be or pressure from family and friends. […]

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What’s Up With Pie Charts?

November 15, 2013

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Reaction to pie charts

Managers love pie charts. Unfortunately, my initiation to the Dark Side did not include the Handbook of the Art of Pie Charts. When I see a pie chart in a presentation I usually wonder “What’s up with this pie chart?” or “What is this really trying to tell me?” It usually flashes up on the […]

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