This is performance review time, and naturally I am thinking about what I have done over the past year as a leader/manager to warrant any reward. It is always hard to figure this out, because all the work is done by an Individual Contributor, and so it is hard to be objective when evaluating the … Continue reading What do leaders/managers give to organizations?
Here is the background on this series, and here is the previous post on this series (Managing Expectations). This is the final post in the series, and this tackles perhaps the most important question of all: Ravi needs to help people in his team build and grow their career as they work under his guidance. … Continue reading Managing Careers
Here is the background on this series, and here is the previous post on this series (Managing Work). In this post, we are going to try answering the question: How does a manager as important as him (and holding as many resources) manage expectations from other senior managers and executives without over-committing his team or … Continue reading Managing Expectations
Here is the background on this series, and here is the previous post on this series (Managing 1-1s). In this post, we are going to try answering the question: While Ravi is the smartest guy and the leader in the team, he is also the bottleneck. How can he manage his work (delegation or empowerment … Continue reading Managing Work
Here is the background on this series, and here is the previous post on this series (Managing Performance). In this post, we are going to try answering the question: What is the most efficient way for someone to manage their 1-1s when one has many direct reports (in my friend's case, 9). Effective 1-1s is … Continue reading Managing 1-1s
See my previous post for background on this series of posts. The question we are attempting to answer is: How does someone (in this case, my friend Ravi who has 9 direct reports) set performance objectives for teams and individuals so that he does not have to spend too much time directing day-to-day activities? There … Continue reading Managing Performance
While talking to one of my friends (I will call him Ravi) who has 9 direct reports and 4 indirects (and who doesn't have enough time to spend on each of his reports on non-technical topics), I realized that having more reports than you can handle is a serious but common problem, especially in places … Continue reading Management Challenges
There have been many situations when I have joined a team which has lost its leader. Here are some of the things that have worked for me: 1-1s with each team member: This is extremely useful first step that I have used in many teams with good amount of success. One of the goals I … Continue reading Joining a new team as a leader
In my last post, I talked about how you identify a dysfunctional team you are part of. In this post, I want to discuss my experiences at dealing with one such team, and my efforts at changing the team being a member of the team. I had to resort to reading many books and my … Continue reading Dealing with dysfunctional teams
In the last post, I discussed the characteristics of a dysfunctional team, based on what the book talks about as well as based on my own experiences. In this post, I will present some of the lessons learned for me about how to identify the fact that you are part of a dysfunctional team. These … Continue reading Are you part of a dysfunctional team?