competition

What Is Competition Good For

No matter the line of work, competition is the one that keeps us alert or motivates us to become better – it applies for both individuals and companies.
to-do list

Why the To-Do List Is Not Helping

The to-do list is a sequence of stuff to do without necessarily having a clue on how to do it.
who do you carbon copy

Who Do You Carbon Copy

If you don’t know who you are supposed to put in Carbon Copy, the easiest is to place there everyone who has something to do with that message, either directly or not, along with all their relatives. Not really everyone, save some for the blind copy, a.k.a. BCC.
backup

The Backup’s Backup

Backup is another way of stating you have a contingency copy of your work.
complicate

Let’s Complicate

Why not complicate because it would be too embarrassing to simplify; especially when dealing with things that “have always been this way”.
lying

How Can You Handle a Lying Colleague?

With or without intention, when a colleague – be it a peer, subordinate or worst case, a superior – is lying to you, it really sucks big time and any future collaboration with that person becomes questionable.
get this

Better Get This, Because I Am Only Sayin’ It Once

This is the path many managers walked on: they only say it once get this and expect you to know everything later on, you have to get this very fast. Or shortly after.
start tomorrow

I’ll Start Tomorrow

Did everyone survive the syndrome “I’ll Start Tomorrow”, or do you move mountains already? Chill, it was a rhetorical question! I said tomorrow, not today – it’s not like you came back to read the blog post you read yesterday.
i am allowed

Only I Am Allowed To Do It!

I am allowed to do it, because I am in command of things and you’re not. Wow, what arrogance! Legend goes that you should practice what you preach. Let’s leave aside the minister and gain some knowledge on why you shouldn’t tell people they are not allowed to do something and you are.
micromanagement

If You Suffer From Micromanagement-itis, You Weren’t Vaccinated For Sure!

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For the sake of all employees, know there is hope if your boss suffers from micromanagement-itis. If you have a sick boss, help him. Don’t let him in his/her own misery, as it will torment you too.
recruitment

Recruitment Is One of the Most Important Attributes of a Manager

Sometimes recruitment is considered to be a  dull activity, meant to fill up the empty sit. I have written here before, the way I see recruitment and some tips that help with that. Meanwhile, very little has changed, except for the time allotted to recruitment.
rely on your boss

Can You Rely On Your Boss?

It’s not so important to be able to rely on your boss, it’s VERY important.
project manager

To Be or Not To Be Project Manager, That Is the Question

Traditionally, a Project Manager is the one planning and sometimes executing a project – from the start to the very end. The end may not really be in reach , but not because of the Project Manager
i didn't want to

I Didn’t Want to Do It, They Made Me

In other words, it’s not my responsibility, I didn’t want to do it but the boss/company made me. It’s some way of saying it’s not my fault that you have to do this, I can even confirm it is a bull-sheet. I am not taking any responsibility, but passing it to you.
distracted

How Easily One Gets Distracted

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It’s very easy to get distracted from your current activity and you can realize it only by recalling how many interruptions you had during the day.
your priority

Your Priority Should Be the Family, Not the Job!

I am convinced that you know what is your number one priority. In theory you do. In practice, you might not be so skilled at managing your job outside work.
not my job

It’s Not My Job To Do It

If I had a nickel for every time I heard “it’s not my job”, I would be rich by now. In return, the legend goes that every grey hair I got it’s a direct consequence of someone using this expression.
democracy

There Is No Democracy Within Companies

I hope you didn’t think there is democracy within the companies you work for and that we each get a vote on how to do our job. This thing with voting applies merely when choosing a location for the end of the year party, not for serious business decisions.
admit

Admit When You Are Wrong

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Yup, Bo$$, admit when you are wrong, especially in front of your subordinates or colleagues. It’s easier to admit it in front of the manager, even if it’s a cautious act – maybe I get away with it, a mistake admitted cuts half the negative impact. Or something like that.
meeting

Let’s Have a Meeting About Nothing

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I know this has never happened to you – participating to a meeting on nothing and less likely, calling one yourself. This is a privilege that few mortals have. Very often :)
management

Management Means Administration and Regulation

From the beginning of time until today, management meant administration and regulation, either when talking about equally dividing the hunting catch so it would be enough for the whole community and organizing the next hunt; or when talking about modern marketing and innovation components, as Drucker calls them.
depressed

What Can You Do When Your Employee is Depressed?

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When your employee is depressed, the results of their work may affect the entire organization and your attitude as manager is greatly challenged in such moments.
criticism

Feedback Is Not Criticism

Feedback is generally treated as criticism because when we receive it, we expect something negative. This is not very far from the truth, but it’s far from the initial purpose of feedback.
annoying

What Can You Do With An Annoying Colleague?

There is no organization that doesn’t have an annoying colleague or more. In order to determine just how annoying that person is, there should be more than one person being bothered by their behavior. Except if you are the annoying one :)
people

People Are NOT the Most Important “Asset” Of a Company

It sounds so good this story of how people are the most important ‘asset’ we have. Well, it may sound good but it’s a little far-fetched. I mean if you have a bunch of non-performers, simply sitting around – probably they aren’t your most important people.
my dog

What I Learned From My Dog

After 13 years, I had to say goodbye to my dog. It was awful. Seeing him hurt and not being able to help, makes you feel powerless.
start a blog

Why Start a Blog

I will provide you now the secret recipe for (not) to start a blog. They may seem many or just a few posts, I don’t know, I wrote once a week.
productive manager

What Can You Do to Be a Productive Manager

If you are not a productive manager, sooner or later your team will be counterproductive and this will affect you and the company.
remote work

Telework or Remote Work

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It’s been a while now since remote work was adopted as an option to classic office hours. One out of five employees throughout is part of it.
recommend

I Must Recommend Something Really Cool

In a world full of opinion givers, the best of all is the one who says “I recommend…” without even trying that particular recommendation on themselves.