Sometimes, teaching another person is the best way to improve a skill yourself. Managers looking to retain or enhance their technical expertise can use teaching and coaching as a way to stay on top of their own skills.
Plus, a manager’s role in professional development is to help team members discover their skills and passions, and then connect them to the resources they need to develop further. Managers who actively enable and coach their team members help keep their team performing well, and help cultivate a growth mindset at their organization.
As such, the manager-as-coach role is an important one at every organization.Continue reading
In today’s knowledge economy, the companies that rise to the top tend to be the ones who can consistently come up with innovative ideas and imaginative solutions to problems.
But why is it that some organizations seem to have all the best ideas? Where does that creativity come from?
Although we know little about the science of innovation, we do know that creative ideas tend to come from special teams, where each individual is encouraged to share their contributions without fear.
Here’s an example.Continue reading
Imagine you poured your heart and soul into a project only to discover that it’s a total flop. It doesn’t work. Your boss hates it. Feedback is abysmal.
Fortunately, you have time to fix it, but it’s going to be tight, and it’s going to be tough.
How are you feeling? Most people might feel defeated, lost, upset, angry, or embarrassed. But some would find, emerging from that smorgasbord of negative emotions, a gentle simmer of excitement, of challenge, and of potential.Continue reading
The world needs better managers. Or at least the tech industry does.
In few places is that more apparent than at car-hailing company, Uber. On Tuesday, they released the results of an in-depth investigation into their corporate culture, which culminated in a 47-item to-do list assembled by former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm, Covington & Burling LLP.
Dubbed “The Holder Report,” this document is making its rounds on the internet and headlining many major news publications. Meanwhile, Uber is deep in company-wide meetings, planning just how to tackle the outlined changes (and sharing some staff-wide hugs?).Continue reading
“Hey, do you have time for a quick chat?” your manager asks.
Oh no. Knees weak, heart heavy, you saunter into your boss’s office, your entire corporate life flashing before your eyes. There was that project last week that could have gone better. You did book an Airbnb the other day during work hours.
What could this possible be about?
We have a visceral reaction even to the thought of maybe, possibly, sort of receiving feedback. And yet, paradoxically, we also place a high value in knowing where we stand and how we could improve. We want more feedback, not less.Continue reading