Self-Improvement, Books, Philosophy of Everyday Life

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Being Wrong

Jeremy Arnold I could see that I was not going to cope as well as I wished with life unless I could acquire a better theory-structure on which to hang my observations and experiences. By then, my craving for more theory had a long history. Partly, I had always loved theory as an aid in …

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Valuable Lessons – First Time Managers

David Seidman The most important thing is psychological safety. If people can freely share ideas and criticize each other without taking it personally, the team will thrive. Demonstrate vulnerability. If you admit mistakes, your team will too. Any decision that involves someone’s career should be double checked for errors and miscommunications. When you deliver a …

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Sean Kernan Answered Aug 31 The autonomy and freedom to do anything. As a kid, many of you get an allowance, a small sum of money each week either via chores or for some lucky people, just for existing. As an adult, you control that allowance, albeit from a different source. If you work hard, …

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New Manager Questions

Ian Mathews I spent the first 30 days talking to every person in the region, one on one. I asked the same questions of each of the 70 employees who were doing the work. What do you like about working here? What frustrates you about this company? What frustrates customers about this company? What are …

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Earn Employee Respect

David Seidman Be fair in all things. Be as transparent as possible. Praise in public, give constructive feedback in private. Set a high but achievable standard and hold people accountable to it. Never compromise on hiring. Never compromise on ethics. Uphold a high standard of professionalism, but be a human, not a robot. Have a …

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Employee Mistakes

David Seidman Answered Aug 21 There are several categories of mistake: Typo-grade human error: Low consequence: who cares High consequence: our systems should not allow a typo to have high consequence Serious mistake on something they should be able to do First time: make sure they learn from it Second time: warning Third time: performance …

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Align Company and Team

David Seidman Answered Aug 18 Generally each of my reports is always working on something that benefits the company, something that benefits the team, and something that grows them personally. Often I’m able to find one project that does all three. Occasionally a high priority project throws things out of balance. In that case, I …

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Waste Employees Time

David Seidman Giving an assignment, then telling the employee how to do every single part of it Failing to set and maintain clear priorities, so employees waste time working on things that don’t matter Failing to correct performance issues early Failing to provide adequate training and tools Excess overhead in the form of status reports, …