5 things a manager can’t (and shouldn’t) delegate

"You have to do many things yourself. Things that you cannot delegate." - Nadine Gramling As you already know, I truly believe managers should build teams, empower team members and orchestrate the implementation of main tasks. I believe managers should and must delegate... a lot. However, in my opinion, they should delegate everything but some tasks that ...

Should you hire slow and fire fast? – Part 1: Hire slow

"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world."  - Steve Jobs My Coconut Milk Mate tea this morning inspired me to write about one of the easiest to explain and most difficult to apply people management mantras. It's the typical hire slow and fire fast. ...

Next time you don’t do what you are supposed to do, I’ll try to understand WHY

"For every hundred men hacking away at the branches of a diseased tree, only one will stoop to inspect the roots." - Chinese Proverb Drinking my chocolate truffle black tea along with my morning HBR reading. Read an interesting piece on employee performance and immediately was reminded of an organization I worked with, where the management ...

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 ...