Tag: Management

  • Brainstorming is for solutions, not for ideas.

    What headline should I use? A story about a camel? Here is why: people don’t gather around the campfire, buckle up for smarty pants time and start throwing ideas into the air! People tell stories around the campfire. Also, families don’t sit at dinner, put the genius hat on and emit weasel ideas to each other, […]

  • Who should be a manager?

    Listen, I get it, you hate the word “p r o c e d u r e”. When you only hear about “procedures”, you get chicken pox. I just wanted to let you know it is just a word. A word is not harmful by itself. But I know, the founding fathers of our meritocracy […]

  • An offer with an anchor inside is called bait

    Anchoring is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered (the “anchor”) when making decisions. PON, Harvard And now, to wrap up our interview, may I ask you what is your current salary? No. Could you at least tell us the level of […]

  • Hands On Management Is Great Unless The Hands Are Always On

    “If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work”, said Harvard Business Review. That means, employees are far happier when they are led by people with deep expertise in the core activity of the business. Indeed an old assumption, one going back to days of middle age guilds, that true […]

  • What Is Management?

    ​First management is not a “business term”. Management is just a generic human activity, mainly: Management is any activity that creates empowerment But what is empowerment? Empowerment is the complex result of of ability, motivation, drive and action. Only when all four components are active, does empowerment start. There are four basic tenants of empowerment: […]

  • Thank you and here is some gratitude

    I confess, my expectations kicked me in the butt again: i thought I’d see a shower of thank you’s in the responses. Instead naysayers. So here is a big thank you and a tap on the shoulder saying “you tried to solve a really hard problem, not bad” First, only these types of experiences can crystallize […]

  • All success is overnight, because it is random

    Why don’t people admit that when it comes to success it is luck first and then everything else: acumen, work, grit, intelligence anything comes right after luck. There are so many people who make it and then spread this idea that through hard work anything is possible. That everyone smart, determined and hard working enough […]

  • Leader over population

    Look at these: I am so tired of this leader versus manager, boss vs manager, leader vs boss differences. In fact there are none. I believe that those who make these comparisons don’t get the following: You can’t compare managers to leaders. Leadership is a function of management. So a manager is a leader, by default. Not […]

  • Deadline Dread

    There are three types of deadlines: rational deadlines, abstract deadlines and real deadlines. Too often lately “agile” has become either an excuse or a “solution” for deadline phobia. Because things cannot be endlessly fiddled with, generally any stakeholder involved in the development process will, at some point, require something done in a certain timeframe. One […]