Atsui des ne?*
You know it’s hot when your eyelids start sweating.
In other news, I have just found this blog entry:
It’s a blog I’m new to, so I haven’t explored it much yet, but it comes recommended by Bob Sutton, who I do follow, and this entry did indeed speak to me.
I love the simplicity of the management style he describes. I really like the idea that, if you can show your team that you care about them and trust them, you won’t need to worry about them taking the piss. I’m not sure it is 100% true, in fact I’m sure it isn’t, there will always be people who take advantage, but I hope that it is true enough of the time that your team as a whole will be productive and happy more often than not. In the final analysis, I want to believe that efficiency will be as high or higher than from other management styles.
It seems to boiled down to just two things:
1) Ask about the personal lives of your team and share facts about your own (nothing in depth, “what did you do over the weekend?” level).
2) Ask if they require your help and, if not, leave them alone.
Point 2 is particularly useful. I think the tendency to offer unsolicited advice in an attempt to make yourself feel useful is very common and it’s certainly something I do. I will try not to do this any more
*Too hot isn’t it?
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