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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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What is wrong with middle managers?

Someone pointed out what I think is generally a fair observation. Middle managers tend to be obnoxious and out of touch. Why is that? They weren’t really asking me my thoughts but I think I surprised them that I could

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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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Posted in Advice, Business, Career Management, Managing Employees

On Momentum

We don’t do enough with momentum in the workplace. I tend to think of momentum in military terms. A lot about breaking down an offensive is sapping it’s momentum. We need momentum on projects because when they stop moving forward

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Authority, influence, and how to have both regardless of job title

I won’t lie, I jockey for job title all the time. Not that I think job titles are important, but I know they are important to some people and they become useful leverage in conversations. That said, your job title

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It is all about attitude

In my constant search for perspective and information I stumbled across a blog I thought looked promising. As I started to peruse their posts I realized that every single one was negative. The author hated her job, hated her customers,

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