New Challenges for First-Time Managers

Congratulations! You’ve been promoted. Now what? In your previous role you were a rockstar. They saw something in you and you’ve been asked to lead the next generation of leaders. As a new manager you will make mistakes and face new challenges, no doubt about it. However, a little preparation can help you through these common, new challenges. 1. It’s Lonely […]

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Patterns of Effective Teams

“Some teams are orders of magnitude more effective than others, turning around business solutions in days or even hours. Their secret is a combination of smart technology choices, great development habits and a powerful team dynamic. In this talk Dan describes a number of patterns of behaviour that he’s identified working with some great teams, […]

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Top 5 Tips for Self-Mastery

In Robert Greene’s book Mastery he describes 3 steps in your journey to becoming a master of your craft: learning, practicing and mastering. Each step must be done intensively and deliberately. Along your journey, no matter the step, you will need to exercise these 5 tips to fully achieve mastery of both self and your craft. 1. […]

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7 Habits of Unsuccessful People

No one ever sets out to be unsuccessful, it just seems to happen along the way. You may think it was just bad luck or the economy or a series of random events, but it’s not. If you truly want to be successful stop doing the following behaviors of unsuccessful people. 1. Blame Others for […]

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HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

This is the one of my first posts because it is ultimate the most important topic for any manager. Even if you are taking over an established team or are not currently hiring, DO NOT skip this post. You will at some point be in a capacity to hire directly or to influence the hiring […]

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TRUST YOUR TEAM

If you read and applied the principles found the post HOW TO HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE, this post should come easily. If you find it difficult to trust your team, you really don’t trust yourself to make a good hiring decision. Because, as managers, we are confident in our abilities, I can assume you are […]

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INSPIRE CONFIDENCE

This post goes hand in hand with my previous post, TRUST YOUR TEAM. Without trust you will never inspire confidence. To inspire confidence you need to first and foremost allow people to fail. This may seem counter intuitive, but in reality it is the foundation to build confidence. Fear of failure is the number one reason people […]

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ALWAYS BE FAIR

Employees are not your children – you will have favorites. Whether it’s because of personality, similar interests or work ethic, you will connect with some employees better than others. Because of this you may find yourself talking with one employee more than another, or speaking differently to them. Your team will see this and any […]

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