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Running one-on-one meetings for the right reasons

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Generally, people who think one-on-one meetings are a bad idea have been victims of poorly designed one-on-one meetings. The key to a good one-on-one meeting is the understanding that it is the employee’s meeting rather than the manager’s meeting. This is the free-form meeting for all the pressing issues, brilliant ideas and chronic frustrations that do not fit neatly into status reports, email and other less personal and intimate mechanisms.

via One on One // ben’s blog.

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August 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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The Mythical “A” Player

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“A” players are executives that are 10x more productive than their peers. They are equally excellent strategically and operationally. They are equally capable at rolling up their sleeves or leading others. They thrive – with or without direction. They are big picture and detailed. They are the perfect mix of confidence and humility. They fit into any team culture, thrive under any leadership style, and raise the game of everyone around them, while befriending them all at the same time. Best of all, they miraculously fit within your pay scale, and you can retain them despite brutal competition for their services. “A” players are perfect – except for one small issue – as defined here, they don’t really exist.

via The Mythical “A” Player and The CEO’s Real Job « Thinking About Thinking.

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June 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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Another perspective on the “fire fast” mantra

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I understand and admire the wisdom of the “fire fast” mentality but that wisdom is no substitute for the real work of leadership: figuring out the right people for various roles. Often when I help a client unpack their feelings while they are in the throes of a decision about whether or not to terminate someone, what is revealed are contradictory facts and ambivalent feelings. And too often, our discomfort with our contradictory feelings, our ambivalence, leads us to rush to judgement, destabilizing and antagonizing the entire organization.But if we wait, if we can pause and bear the discomfort of uncertainty, then we have a shot at getting to the heart of the problem manifested in all those facts. Then we have a shot at creating the kinds of organizations that not only succeed, but embody the best of our values, the best of our aspirations.

via The Gift of Our Ambivalence | The Monster In Your Head – Blog by Jerry Colonna.

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February 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

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HR tip – Promote fast

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CEO’s and managers in high growth environments don’t have time to micro-manage.  They need staffers who can JFDI, without requiring a lot of care and feeding.

If you have someone on your team who is consistently overdelivering, requires little supervision, and makes the team around them markedly better, promote them immediately and give them more responsibility along with that promotion.

A promotion is a great way for a CEO or manager to recognize ‘A’ players, to position them as role models within the team or company, and to regain valuable management bandwidth.

If you’re thinking seriously about promoting someone, especially at a startup, then it probably means you should do it.  I have managed people who fit into the ‘Promote Fast’ bucket before, and the only regret in my time working with them was that I did not promote them sooner.

 

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January 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

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A great Quora thread about Paypal’s unique culture

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This is a great Quora discussion of Paypal’s unique culture, with lots of input from past Paypal employees.

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August 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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