Having a Good 1 on 1

Having a good and regular 1 on 1 with your direct reports is, in my opinion, a vital part of staying accessible to your team and giving them the valuable facetime that they need. Knowing that they have the freedom to ask questions, bring up concerns and get some genuine and honest feedback on their…

Being Buffy – The Effective Manager

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a great example of cult television. It had a relatively small but rabid fanbase, was timed perfectly so it ran just as the internet and internet culture was taking off, and featured content that was actually deeper than the “monster of the week” image it had on the surface. Buffy…

Defining Accountability For Your Team

Accountability is a very important word in the workplace. It conveys meaning, responsibility, attitude, and potential for both success and failure all at the same time. It is a cornerstone for ensuring that each individual team member takes their role in the product seriously, and grounding them so that they remain committed to success. Accountability…

Diving in Headfirst

Like a lot of people, I kind of stumbled into management. No formal training, no real idea of what I needed to do or how to do it, just an above average amount of common sense and a desire to see our products succeed. While hardly a recipe for success, I would venture to say…