Leadership & Management
Are you making the transition from an individual contributor to a manager? You'll want to read this article if you hope to avoid the "New Manager Death Spiral". Slack's VP of Engineering and author of Rands in Repose, Rands gives valuable insight and advice on how to grow into a true leader. It's all about building trust with your team—read to find out how to do it, and perhaps more importantly, how not to do it.
How often do you look back on your decisions and the process used to make them? When a decision leads to a poor outcome, we tend to blame the person that made it and ignore the decision itself. In this article from Farnam Street, learn why good decisions don't always lead to positive outcomes, bad decisions don't always lead to negative outcomes, and how you can improve your decision-making process.
According to the most recent Gallup “State of the Global Workplace” study, half of all employees in the United States have quit jobs at some point in their careers in order to get away from their bosses. So what can you do if you hate your boss? Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries offers some strategies to improve your relationship with your boss, including practicing empathy, looking inward, and working together to change what's not working. I wonder if half of you will read this...don't worry - we won't tell your boss.
If you’ve ever wanted to make the case for investing more in developing your managers, here’s your template. Lighthouse shows you how to combine some simple numbers about your company with their research to create a strong estimate of the value of a good manager.
Early in his career at IBM, Neil Lustig decided to leave his role as a rapidly ascending engineer to take an entry-level sales position. His mentor told him that he'd hit a ceiling if he didn't expose himself to the commercial side as well as the technical side of the business. Lustig went on to rise through the ranks and serve as the lead of the solutions division, then GM at Ariba, then CEO and President at Vendavo, and now CEO at Salithru. In this interview from First Round Review, Lustig shares how his management code came from his days in engineering and how everyday engineering practices have helped him grow into a more effective manager.