personal life

The Manager Sets the Tone for the Personal Life and the Professional Life Balance

Personal life is what, in theory, most of us appreciate the most. In theory. In practice though, most of the times you have a freaking deadline.
emergency

Your Emergency is Not Mine

Many times we expect for things to happen in an instant, but just as often it happens that your emergency is not my emergency too.
look out the window

Do You Look Out the Window or in the Mirror?

Mister Collins was saying that if you look out the window instead of in the mirror, it’s possible you are not doing the right thing.
poorly performing employee

What Can You Do With a Poorly Performing Employee

No, you should not let a poorly performing employee go. At least not on the first warning, because then you will end up alone in the company.
always

But… We Always Did It This Way

Just because you have an idea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one but we always did things this way around here and it worked out fine.
do wrong

What did I do wrong?

This is how the presumption of guilt starts, you wonder from the start “What did I do wrong?” – especially when your boss calls you for a meeting.
constructive feedback

Constructive Feedback or Hate

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Most of the times the difference between constructive feedback and hate is a fine line that can quickly escalate to harsh criticism.
back to school

Back To School

As the manager/employer you need to be there when your employees children go back to school and and help when school starts.
without email

You Can’t Even Imagine How Much You Can Achieve Without Email

I am not starting a cult called “Without email”, but if you are employed – you are in great danger for the electronic letter to eat your heart out.
what i said

What I Said and What Did You Hear

What I said might be or not be right, but anyway, often we say something and people hear a different thing.
Old Lady Down the Stairs

Can’t Push an Old Lady Down the Stairs and Ask Why She’s in a Hurry

You shouldn’t push an old lady down the stairs, but neither should you do that to anyone else.
yell

Don’t Yell!

You can talk, NOT yell and still share your point of view. No matter if you are a teacher, a parent, a manager or a cashier, you cannot earn respect by using force.
measuring

You Can’t Have Performance without Measuring

You need to keep measuring every activity in order to track its progress/regress. If you go shopping for shoes, you ask for a specific size.
same water

Everyone Cooks the Soup with the Same Water

What I mean is that basically everyone starts from the same water when cooking a soup and that getting to a different result/flavor is totally up to us.
right question

To Get a Good Answer, You Need to Ask the Right Question

The right question will always help you get a good answer. If you don’t know how to ask, you will get the wrong answer.
respect

Respect You Earn, It’s Not Attached to Your Business Card

Once you are promoted to a new position, you may expect it to come along with the respect of your colleagues or superiors.
employee

You Cannot Treat Every Employee the Same

It’s the same as stating that every employee is different, that they don’t have the same needs and don’t respond to the same kind of motivation.
hates corporations

Why Everyone Hates Corporations

Everyone hates corporations because they are bacteria  eating all our resources, of course. If we look around us, without corporations we would not be here.

Useless Procedures with Annoying Results

You obviously encountered some useless procedures until now and not only they don’t solve anything, but they are really annoying.
time management

Time Management Sucks

Dears, relying on time management techniques definitely suck and it’s a lot like treating a severe toothache with dandelion tea.
FAQ

FAQ

According to an almost accurate translation, FAQ mean answers to the most frequent questions which may pop up when something new is introduced.
down the stairs

Try to Get Down the Stairs on All Fours

Even if you ever tried to climb the stairs on all fours just for fun or ‘cause you actually needed it it’s quite unlikely you have ever tried to go down the stairs the same way.
trust you

I Trust You

Even though for many employees it may sound weird, a manager should trust you. This is how an environment where mutual respect is quickly built looks like.
unread emails

Don’t Leave Any Unread Emails

If you work for a company, no matter the size, it’s quite obvious you need to deal with a whole bunch of unread emails every day.
same time

How Much Stuff Can You Do Right at the Same Time?

I have written many times about multi-tasking and in the meantime not a lot has changed – because you can hardly execute more tasks at the same time.
motivational speakers

What’s the Deal with Motivational Speakers?

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Motivational speakers are becoming common in many countries, and this was clearly a normal situation but this doesn’t mean you are a good or a bad one
comparing

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

You’d better spend time considering why you comparing yourself to others. What does this do for you other than making you a little or a lot frustrated?
effort

No Matter the Effort, the Pain Shall Pass

When you need to do something very difficult, neither the effort, nor the short term pain should be counted in, the end result is what matters most.
delegation

Why Delegation Is So Important to a Manager

Delegation should be amongst the first chapters of the book “How to Become a Boss for Dummies”. The process itself means that you empower someone.
dying

I’m dying

It’s been a few years now since I keep saying I will be dying soon enough as as I have reached my mid age; I plan to hold on to that promise.