good management

my team’s workload is too high — what should I do?

When the demands on the team you lead are higher than your group realistically can get done, how can you tackle the situation without just throwing up your hands and saying “no, we can’t do all that” or expecting everyone to work 80-hour weeks? At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the formula […]

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how to manage the subject matter experts on your team

Having subject matter experts on your team is awesome: In addition to your own team benefiting from their expertise, they often end up being highly sought by other teams too, which can raise your team’s value throughout the organization. But when subject expertise isn’t the person’s main job responsibility, things can get trickier. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast […]

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my employee keeps sneaking out of work early

A reader writes: I’m a relatively new manager (4 months). I am coming from the position of teammate to most of the staff I manage, but they all seem to have adjusted well to my new role and respected my move from peer to manager. However, I seem to be having an issue with one […]

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how to manage a brilliant jerk

Sooner or later in your career, you’re going to have a difficult team member – a person whose skills are great but who no one wants to work with because he or she is abrasive, unpleasant, and negative. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about how to manage the “brilliant jerk” to ensure that […]

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how can employees move up if they don’t want to manage people?

Traditionally, to move up professionally, people eventually need to move into a management role. But what should companies do with top performers who want to grow but who aren’t interested in managing people? When companies don’t provide career paths for people who don’t want to manage, they’re more likely to lose good employees — and plus, when you […]

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my employee delivered a status update … in song

A reader writes: I am a newly promoted manager and am stumped on how to handle something bizarre that happened in a meeting today, primarily because my sense of humor is getting in the way. I asked one of my employees to explain the progress he’s made in the assignment he’s been working on, and […]

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