Even someone who doesn’t manage can have great advice for a manager. Ask me: I’ve been a contributor many times over the years and for all manner of bosses. While I’ve been lucky enough to work for great people, we can all look back at struggles we’ve had in the “managed” department. Managers, Listen Up So what advice would someone experienced as a direct report give to a manager? Respect your staff’s time. It’s nigh on impossible to engage consistently with staff when faced with countless meetings and projects. But by staying on top of your calendar, you can ensure your timely attendance to meet with your staff. You will show you care about the time they took to prepare by being present. Managers, even if you need to print out your daily schedule and tape it to your tablet or legal pad, do what is necessary to set the bar. Build an […]
Back to school this year made me achieve this level of restraint. What got me to this point? With my oldest getting “silent lunch” with the dean on the 4th day of school, then my education at Back to School Night on how the same child had tried to snow me all week about a procedure with his planner, and finally having to muscle the same child through his homework during breakfast because he had forgotten his math book—which I retrieved for him at that Back to School Night… let’s just say I was DONE. How is your back to school parenting going? Commiserate.