A great leader doesn’t take his team with him, he leaves an outstanding team behind him

"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on." - Walter Lippman Having my morning Jasmine green ice tea at a table near a blooming Magnolia tree after my morning workout. Hope you're in a confortable place as well, maybe it's even ...

How to spot a first-time manager – 7 mistakes no leader should be making

"Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment." - Fred Brooks My morning ritual involves green jasmine tea and a lot of reading. This morning a funny title caught my eye: "how to cope with nightmare employees". And it was published in a digital business publication I often read. It struck me because this exact ...

One feedback a day… keeps performance okay

"We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve." - Bill Gates I like my coffee strong and black. No sugar. No milk. That's exactly how I like feedback. Because an honest assessment is the shortest and surest way to self development I know. At the same time, I often feel unconfortable when I ...

A players hire A players… and never treat them as if they were B players

"I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way." - Lee Iacocca One of the most important pieces of advice I got from my first management mentor was to hire outstandingly good people. The second most important piece was to get out of their way... fast. It sounds funny, but the truth is that ...

Perfect CV must-have: potential vs experience?

"The secret to successful hiring is this:look for the people who want to change the world." - Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO This week I've had the pleasure to reconnect with some ex-colleagues of mine, people I've hired although their CVs didn't match the needed job experience and skills back when the decision was made. The feeling I got ...

Everyday I’m Buffering! – Key Role of Management

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Victor Frankl I'm not talking about YouTube buffering. But about one of the key roles of team managers, one that I've noticed young or inexperienced leaders often fail to apply. ...