Posts Tagged: Management

How to not lose your job

Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she’d been working with him for 12 years. In response, Musk told Brown to take two weeks off, during which he would assume her responsibilities and see whether she was critical to his success. When Brown returned, Musk told her he didn’t need her anymore. –… Read more »

Why aren’t all management teams like this?

Guess which CEO of a $62B company said this? Going forward, I’ve asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception. I’m meeting with the safety team every week and would like to meet every injured person as soon as they are well, so that I can understand from them exactly what we… Read more »

Why Planning & Scheduling is so Important

If you’re the sort of person who resists planning, it’s probably holding you back… [Smart people] can get away with not planning for much longer than most… But as time demands increase — you get a new job, you’re short staffed, you get married or have kids, or your health changes — a life without planning or… Read more »

Apple only has 19 designers, Samsung has 1,600!

Coster, a core member of Apple’s design team for more than 20 years, is perhaps only the third member of Ive’s tight-knit industrial design group to leave in almost two decades. And one of the others died. The industrial design team is Apple’s idea factory, the place where big ideas take shape and morph into… Read more »

Do What You Love — And Watch Your Productivity Suffer

Ann Latham has been on a roll lately at Forbes “Follow your passion!” We’ve all heard that advice. And while it sounds like nirvana, beware! The tasks you love can destroy your productivity. To me, your talents and passions are revealed by the things you can’t not do. The activities that perk you up no matter how tired you are. The… Read more »

We Documented Our Agency’s Mistakes Every Week for a Year. Here’s What We Learned.

Jeff Rutherford shared these with me: Every Friday, our team comes together for a weekly reflections meeting. It’s our “touchy-feely-kumbaya” moment where everyone has an opportunity to open up and share what’s on their mind. Primarily, we try to focus on three things: what went well, what didn’t go so well, and what we learned…. Read more »

10 Reasons Leaders Get Dragged Into Problems Unnecessarily

Why do leaders get dragged into problems? It’s a ladder. Unclear priorities, unclear options, unclear responsibilities, leadership not respecting the same priorities as others, etc. You should read Ann’s article about leadership if you find yourself getting dragged into situations you shouldn’t be…

Reasons don’t matter, results do

According to [Stanford professor Bernard] Roth, we’d be happier and more successful if we stopped giving reasons for everything. In the book, he uses a personal example: Earlier in his career, he was consistently late for a particular board meeting. Each time he showed up tardy, he would explain that he got stuck in horrendous traffic…. Read more »

The value of R&D and Professional Development

I started in higher education but the longer I’ve been managing people the more I’ve seen that the more specific and ROI-driven professional development is, the more successful it is. I noticed this first in the late 90’s when I was teaching at Marlboro College. The students who learned the most and succeeded the most… Read more »