Great read Tom. I like the idea of sharing notes via a dedicated Slack channel to create a running log. I’ve always found it helpful to do this for myself, but sharing with the report makes sense (especially when there’s follow up). Are your notes tactical (like a list of action items)? Or do you also share your thoughts, reactions, etc.?
Stephen Collins found this on the Watercooler and really enjoyed the conversation. At the end, Michael talks about having a strong core of ideas and philosophies to make decisions out of. I’m reading Principles by Ray Dalio currently, which advocates for a similar approach to work and life. Curious if you’ve taken any time to put your thoughts I…
Tom, great as always. Elements of this post reminded me of an idea from Drucker about approaching problems. As managers it’s helpful to ask if this problem has a generic solution, or is truly unique. Early on as managers, almost everything we run into is unique — we’ve likely not encountered it before. But as we gain experience, some of these…
Great stuff Rich. I’m new to managing managers as well, and you hit some good stuff here that I’m going to start putting not into place. One helpful thing I read recently was that when you manage managers, you have to lead through others, not just do through others. It’s a subtle, but significant context switch.
Oh man, this is great advice. I’ve long subscribed to the idea that management is the act of doing through others, but as a new manager of managers, I love this idea of leading through others. I’ve already caught myself doing exactly this—jumping in—so I’m going to print this out as a daily reminder to not get involved.
This is such a simple, yet powerful idea. One of the challenges I’ve had with performance review systems in relation to compensation structures is being too rigidly tied to goals, especially as those goals shift. As you mention, the mental cycles around goal setting and by extension compensation structures around goal setting all seem to increase exponentially.
Emil Bruckner these dispatches have been refreshingly candid. I appreciate the idea in today’s post that being slightly ashamed of MVP #1 is good, but nonetheless a tough pill to swallow. Cheering for you as you head toward day 30.
Byron, thanks so much for the great feedback and link to Vince Law’s story. Was crazy to see a very similar framework emerge from two distinct places. I honestly haven’t dusted up this piece in a while, so it’s good to know people are appreciating it. If you get any other good reads, send them my way.