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Friday Round-Up – Better late than never edition

After being out part of last week and more craziness this week it’s been a bear getting this put together. Seen on LinkedIn is this misleadingly titled article about getting yourself fired. Despite that, it’s good career advice. Fair warning,

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How to fix Middle Managers

Yesterday I asked the question “What is wrong with middle managers”? I’m not one to just point out problems. Here is my approach as both a manager and as an employee. For middle managers, there are some very basic rules

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Sharing some good advice

No big update today. Just wanted to leave you with this advice a former manager of mine told me. “Try to think about how the person two levels above you sees the organization.” If you can do that, you’ll find

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I hate the term “low information voter”

In general I want to avoid politics. This blog isn’t about politics, it’s about your career, leadership, and trying to keep your sanity while earning a paycheck. This isn’t about politics, it’s about attitude. That said, let me tell you

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You won’t get a bad performance review for doing the right thing

I have built a career on the lost opportunities of others. The fear, hesitation, reluctance, laziness, narrow-mindedness, and indecision of others has allowed me to net a reputation as the “go to guy” the “problem solver” and the “guy who

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Don’t pawn the tough stuff on HR

In the early days of my management career I had to let someone go. As was the usual procedure, an HR rep had to be present to witness the proceedings. Before the meeting the HR rep asked me if I

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How to be a leader? Be humble.

When I was a kid, I thought being the boss meant you had lackeys to do everything for you. The big shots get secretaries who could hold their calls and minions to pick up their dry cleaning. Yeah, I got

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