Reviews
April 10, 2016

Boss Life : A Leadership Story Never Told

TL;DR? Watch the 1 minute summary below.Many leadership and management books come from big, noteworthy businesses.  Fortune 500s, celebrity CEOs,…
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Reviews
April 4, 2016

Jeffrey Pfeffer’s Nihilistic Masterpiece On Leadership

Jeffrey Pfeffer’s new book, Leadership.B.S, came to me as a holiday gift.  I’d noticed the striking yellow cover and red stamp on…
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Ideas
April 2, 2016

Perks. Why Tech Companies Have It So Good

Life of Luxury Perks.  Employees at tech companies have it so good.  Google employees get high quality food for breakfast,…
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Action
March 28, 2016

Inexpensive Ways To Show Employees You Care

A few years back, I found myself in an argument with our IT department about standard equipment and refresh policies for my team.  They wanted us to move off Macs and standardize on Windows, use small monitors and buy new…
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Reviews
March 27, 2016

It’s Time To Leap, With Seth Godin

If you aren’t familiar with Seth Godin. Type the word “Seth” into Google.  His blog is the first result, ranking…
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Meditations
March 27, 2016

Mental Resilience Is A Raft On The Ocean

Think of mental resilience as being a raft. Everything happening around you is the ocean. At first your raft is a few planks of wood,…
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Action
March 22, 2016

Three Words Every Manager Should Say To Their Team

Here’s the scene... I have just taken on the largest team I’ve ever managed. I have prepared for this challenge diligently. I know where I want to take the team and how we’re going to get there. Because I believe…
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Action
March 22, 2016

Self-Management Has A Go-To-Market Problem

My good friend Josh Allan Dykstra recently wrote a piece called The Future Of Managers, Is No Managers in which…
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Meditations
March 4, 2016

Practicing Acceptance In The Rain

Acceptance is the art of being at peace in uncomfortable situations.   When things aren't going our way we try…
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Ideas
March 3, 2016

In Support Of Amazon’s Culture. The Case For Informed Consent

If you were following the technology press last Summer, you would have heard about an article that appeared in the…
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Reviews
March 2, 2016

Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek

I can’t decide if Simon Sinek is a brilliant author or just skilled at pointing out the blindingly obvious.  If…
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Ideas
February 23, 2016

Employee Conflict Is A Matter Of Perspective. The Parable of Talia Jane and Stefanie

Talia Jane Have you had to resolve conflict or a difference of an opinion between two team members?  If you haven't, you will eventually and you need to learn that conflict resolution isn't about finding out who is right or…
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Guides
February 21, 2016

14 Concepts For A New Manager

There are a lot of books and articles about "how to be a manager".  Being an effective manager doesn't have…
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Guides
February 20, 2016

Cultivating The 4 Types Of Transparency In Business

We're tackling the topic of transparency within a team or organization.  Part one concluded by arguing that transparency is hard because…
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Ideas
February 15, 2016

There Are 4 Types Of Transparency In Business

Questions for the Reflective Manager is a regular column where managers and their employees ask questions about the management topics top of mind for them and their organizations.  Send your question to the Reflective Manager at [email protected] The Question Matt…
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Ideas
February 9, 2016

Cam Newton Teaches Us About The Danger of Expectations. Twice.

Last weekend saw the culmination of the American NFL season with the Denver Broncos, lead by veteran Peyton Manning, getting…
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Guides
February 2, 2016

Conversations To Create A KPI

Brad is a Technical Recruiter for a staffing and professional services company. He works in business development and sales, connecting…
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Reviews
February 1, 2016

Story About Anonymous Is A Guide To Self Management

At some point between 2008 and now, you probably became aware of a group of computer hackers going by the…
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Action
January 27, 2016

Giving An Estimate For Work Is Hard

The Scene I’ve worked in software engineering organizations for more than 20 years.  At some point every software developer is…
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Discussion Topics
January 25, 2016

Discussion : How Much Sleep Are You Getting?

We've all stayed up late working. Trying to get an important presentation finished. A proposal out of the door. A…
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