Month: August 2017

The two tracks of growth

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Management 101

How do we grow? You have a responsibility to your staff to understand their career aspirations and facilitate their growth in the right direction. But what should they be aiming for, and who is accountable for making it happen? There is often a stereotype within the technology industry that the only way that growth can occur is via promotion into roles that carry increased people management responsibilities. At best, this can produce excellent leaders who […]

Performance reviews

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It’s that time of year again… Let’s get one thing straight: nobody likes performance reviews. They’re essential yet unpleasant; a trip to the proverbial dentist. Yet, despite the unpleasantness, they’re the best opportunity that you have to push your top performers further and course-correct those that are underperforming. Use them well, and your staff will only get better. Use them badly, and you’ll be in for some very awkward conversations. I’ve been in many different […]

Bringing yourself to work

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Wow, this is so much more tiring than programming… Those who manage others: have you ever had one of those days where you feel like work has completely sapped you of all of your emotional energy? Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Being a manager exposes you to a rich spectrum of challenges at work. Of course, you still have the technical matters that come along with working at a technology company, and those are […]