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7 Characteristics of a Great Manager

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As I’ve outlined elsewhere, managers drive results and deliver outcomes through the skillsets of others. That may sound manipulative, but the best managers are coaches, not manipulators. Accordingly, managing is a bit of a dance. I’ve been studying, thinking about, talking about and writing about managing for a few decades […]

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Turning 40: The Old Age of Youth

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There’s an imaginary line that runs along the Rocky Mountains and from time to time, it’s marked by signs like this one: Every drop of rain that falls on the right side of the sign ends up in the Pacific Ocean. Every drop that falls on the left side makes […]

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How to Add More Time to Your Work Day

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Delegation can be tough. It’s gut-wrenching to give up decisions or projects you care strongly about, and then it’s doubly gut-wrenching when it goes wrong. See what happens when one city manager delegates the task of selecting a new city slogan. In reality, of course, delegation is a necessity if […]

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How do You Get Your Toddler to Sleep?

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Have you ever tried to convince a toddler to go to sleep? It’s been a while for me. If you haven’t experienced this unique privilege, cue up the above video to the 5:20 mark and listen to Jim Gaffigan’s brutally honest description of bedtime, or what he calls a “hostage […]

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A Quick Guide for First Time Managers

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“You’ve really done well here. We’d like to offer you the position of manager.” Or co-manager. It’s an exciting day! Your successes have been recognized and rewarded with extra responsibility (and usually some extra income). You actually get to test the dreams you had about how you’d do things if […]

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What Type of Contributor Are You?

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In early June, Lincoln Riley got a new job. One of the most powerful, most storied, and most profitable college football programs in the country turned the reins over to 33-year-old Riley, who immediately became the youngest head coach in the country by two years. The question on the lips […]

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What’s Your Clout Category?

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The best boxing movie ever made is…(drumroll please)… Cinderella Man. You might have thought I was going to say Rocky (or perhaps Rocky II, III, IV, V, or VI), but as much as I love a good Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed showdown, I’m sold on Cinderella Man.  The movie […]

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