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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.
priority

How Do You Set your Highest Priority?

It’s very good to have priority, especially when the rest of the world needs to wait for you. Of course, this lasts until somebody decides to dodge you or runs you over on the cross-walk.
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.
internal customers

How are Your Internal Customers?

Besides the “typical” customers, those that everyone refer to, the internal clients are just as important as the external ones. Thus, no matter your position in the company, they should be serviced just as well.
micromanagement

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

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.
How to Behave at the Office

How to Behave at the Office without Bothering the Others

If there was a textbook on how to behave at the office, it would probably have addendum's every day. We are not going to debate now whether it’s good or not to have an open office, nor the advantages and disadvantages of each – we are just going to “analyse” the scenario needed for survival.
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.
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
the power of decision

The Power of Decision

The power of decision is some trendy asset, most people crave for. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone acknowledges it, but from choosing the color of the curtains to the family car model, the decision making power is something you either achieve, earn or you are assigned.
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.
i told you

I Told You It’s Not Okay!

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How many times have I told you it’s not ok? Well, I am taking a break while you count, because it may take some time. There are people who generally have made a life mission out of pointing out that you are doing it wrong.
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.
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 :)
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.
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

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.
company parties

Company Parties

Some of you may already have held the company parties, just in time for you to see the photos (or worse: the movies) and take pride in yourselves.
rights

Employment Means Losing Some Rights

It’s one thing to be on your own and another to be employed, you’ll have to give up some rights; you can’t keep doing whatever pops into your mind.
on a plane

What (NOT) To Do On a Plane

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If last week I was telling you about what (not) to do at the airport, today you are going to read about proper behavior on the plane.
at the airport

What (NOT) To Do At the Airport

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At the airport everyone expect their loved ones and it’s a true emotional furnace. At the Arrivals gate… ‘cause the Departures have different emotions.
potty training

Congratulations! Potty Training was Successful

When a child takes his first potty training is a family celebration. You call every relative up to the 4th rank and send pictures/video. WOW!
cappuccino

Milk-free Cappuccino

After the success of an original product, there are plenty of people who are gonna say they are not good enough and they wait for the milk free cappuccino.