good management

first-time manager? here’s what you need to know

If you’re new to managing, the skills that served you well up until this point probably aren’t going to be enough to bring you success managing a team. Managing well requires a whole different set of skills and behaviors. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the five most important things for […]

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are you giving your employees enough feedback?

If you’re a manager, I can tell you with almost total certainty that you don’t give your team members enough feedback. I say this because the vast majority of managers don’t, so you’re not alone. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the three categories of managers who don’t give enough feedback […]

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my new staff resents me — what do I do?

A reader writes: I recently started a new job where I manage a department of five people. One person on my team applied for my role but didn’t get it — and I’m getting the sense that he and the rest of the team resent me for it. How do I smooth things over and […]

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how to terrify your new employee

You’ve just made a promising new hire. But when she shows up to start work, all that effort that you put into recruiting the right person can go up in a puff of smoke when her first weeks aren’t well planned out. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I tell you how you can ensure […]

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the 7 biggest mistakes managers make

Managers receive remarkably little training, given how important the role is to a team’s success and how many people managers impact daily. In fact, the vast majority of managers end up in their jobs because they were good at something else – communications or programming or operations or whatever they were doing before getting promoted […]

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how to gain respect as the new boss

Walking into an existing team as the new manager is tough. People are often wary of a new manager and will be scrutinizing your every word and action, as they try to figure out what to expect from you. If you’re the new boss, there are some important things you should do to quickly gain the […]

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what to do when your team is missing deadlines

Most teams miss a deadline now and then. But if people on your team are regularly blowing deadlines, there’s a problem that you need to address … before it causes work to blow up too. Fixing a deadline problem means first figuring out what’s causing the problem. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I […]

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managers: you should ask your staff what’s not getting done

This was originally published on March 28, 2011.  Someone told me recently that I was his only manager who ever asked him to specifically report on what he wasn’t getting done. Other managers wanted to know plenty about what was happening — but because they never asked him about what he wasn’t getting to, he assumed […]

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how to delegate last-minute work without a mutiny

No matter how well you plan out your team’s work, you might occasionally need to delegate an urgent project at the last-minute. At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about how to do it without sending your team into rebellion or causing anyone to have a panic attack. You can read it here.

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