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The Devastating Mistake First-Time Managers Make

Our societal notions of what managing looks like are pretty messed up. Despite decades of research, we persist in the notion that “strong managers” or the act of “managing harder” actually improve team performance, when in fact, they do not.

So how could Eric replay the tape and do it better?

“Hey Josh, sorry, but I only have like three minutes. What can I help you with?” Eric offers. Josh shows Eric his current work quickly and looks back at Eric. Eric says, “So what is your next step?” Josh answers with several options. Eric knows which is probably the best approach, but rather than tell Josh, he asks Josh to lead. “So which do you think is best and why?” he asks.

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