Performance Reviews

On Wednesday, I got to have a lovely dinner with a long time listener and friend of Manager Tools. As he began to describe his work and his team, he said something like ‘I feel like I have to tell you I’m doing everything perfectly’. We laughed, but it was a moment for a serious […]

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Time

An article in Fast Company focuses on Jason Evanish, and his influence on the start up / angel investor / vc relationships in Boston. He runs a clearing house for networking events and startup resources, but he also ‘turned himself into a gatekeeper, arranging strategic meetings to filter out the groupies’. He says ‘Everyone thinks […]

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Solutions

What’s the solution to your building having a mailroom which may be targeted by someone sending a suspicious powder? An article in November’s Fast Company describes the way Visa has solved the problem: the mail goes into a modular building near to their office. If a suspicious powder, ‘the mail room can just be airlifted […]

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It’s the little things…

In a regular feature, Bloomberg Businessweek gathers a bunch of smart people to ‘fix’ a part of the economy, or a political or other situation. In the October 17 edition, the situation to be fixed was education. Obviously, the US education system (and from my experience living in other countries, the education system of any […]

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Feedback

There’s an article in December 19th’s Forbes magazine about a new burger chain that started in Denver in 2007 and now has 143 locations. In it, CEO Dave Prokupek says: “We overinvest in the things that matter most”. The article goes on, ‘If a line cook fills orders in under six minutes on average, he […]

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The 10 key skills for the future of work

What are the jobs of the future? The demographics of an aging population suggests health care will be big, say some. Data science is scheduled to explode, suggest others, or maybe anything computer-related is a solid bet. But let’s be honest, predicting exact job titles set to soar or the fates of specific sectors is […]

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Hire For Attitude

One of Manager Tools mantras around hiring is we’ll take less skill if we can get more attitude. Skills can be taught. Attitudes – the behaviours that we want in our team and our workplace – often cannot. I was pleased to see an article reporting on a speech given by the former People and […]

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