7 Mistakes New Managers Should Avoid

When you move into a people manager role, it’s usually because you are doing a great job as an individual contributor.  Being a manager is quite different than being an individual contributor. Instead of only being concerned with getting your own work done, you are now responsible for a whole team of people getting their…

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It’s Not Over, Till It’s Over

The word “over” can mean a lot of positive things.  “Over the rainbow” is where you find your pot of gold.  “Turn over a new leaf” means you’re changing your ways or stopping a bad habit.  And “head over heels” describes falling in love.  Yet, the word “under” usually means something negative.  “Getting under my…

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Experienced to the Level of Obsolete

Some days I just amaze myself.  I can be tired, even exhausted, and not very focused on work.  Still I can go into a work meeting, make a few comments and add a ton of value.  And I can do this again and again and again until I really don’t need to pay much attention…

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Superheroes Don’t Work at Corporations

This message is for the workaholics out there, and not for those of you who barely want to get your work done, who aren’t interested in doing more than just what is asked at work, or who have a balanced lifestyle so that you are seeing many years of success within your career.  This blog won’t help you…

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Advice From Your 95 year old Self

There you are sitting on your death bed.  Yep, you had a good life.  And although many people have come to visit you and feel sad for you, you aren’t sad.  You are content.  You did absolutely everything you wanted to do and had a ton of happiness along the way.  If you had to…

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How Important is the "How"?

Do you know the best way to succeed in your career?  To stand out in the crowd?  To prove your capabilities?  Well sure, that’s by showing results, a ton of results!  You work long hours and stay focused on getting your deliverables done.  Right?  Well, have you considered the possibility that showing results isn’t the…

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That Team Is Struggling – Great!

Ok, you are thinking that I’m crazy.  If the team is struggling, why would you want to be on it?  Or lead it?  Do you really want to set yourself up to deal with all the problems that need fixed?  And what if they aren’t fixable?  Doesn’t a well-established, smooth-functioning team sound like one where…

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Ignorance is Bliss

Isn’t it interesting that for vacations, many people choose to stay in places with little access to computers, the internet, or technology in general?  Why do people find that “unplugging” from the information on the internet is actually a vacation?  If you haven’t spent some time unplugged from the internet, TV, phone, etc. you should…

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Over-functioning is Not Job Security

You would think that under-functioning teams are bad, functioning teams are just right, and over-functioning teams are perfect.  But in reality, team members who over-function can cause the team dynamic to change in a way that may not be the desired outcome.  At Microsoft, we hire people who are driven for results and it’s a…

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