Category Archive: Managing

Seagull Management: 4 Ways to Stop Dumping on People

Seagull managers fly in, make lots of noise, dump on everyone, and fly away.* You might say a seagull manager is full of crap. The seduction of problems makes you a seagull. Stay… Continue reading

Two Questions that Reveal Aspirations

I first heard the expression, “A typical job interview is a conversation between two liars,” on a call to Buenos Aires in 2014. It’s not just job interviews. People pretend they’re someone they… Continue reading

7 Ways to Succeed at Forgetting

Your inner critic helps you remember pain and disappointment. Negative memories rain like rocks. Botched projects increase anxiety. Bungled relationships motivate isolation. Anxiety and isolation limit your life. Research says you remember bad… Continue reading

Questions Proactive People Ask

You’re doomed if you can’t change direction. A turbulent world requires you to be light on your feet. But you can’t get anywhere when you constantly change direction. Constant reacting eventually makes you… Continue reading

How to Not Do Anything Stupid with Your New Team

A young manager with a new team is like an ant pushing an elephant. It’s smart to be concerned. My friend Stan Endicott tells managers who ask for advice, “Don’t do anything stupid.”… Continue reading

Taking Time Off isn’t the Answer

Taking time off isn’t the answer when you don’t know how to live. A four-day workweek is pointless for miserable people. Do you live to work or work to live? The answer is… Continue reading