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Some blogs I recommend reading from this month…

What to do (and not do) during your first 2 weeks as a new manager
Good advice for new managers, some are good reminders even for the more experienced. Saying “I don’t know” is a sign of humility and can be used throughout a career.

How to Run an Effective and Engaging Problem Solving Session
“Things go wrong. It happens.” Indeed they do! A good strategy when facing those pressured and often very visible problems is to “Stay open, listen, and facilitate discussion.” Forward facing questions has been a challenge for me and takes practise to overcome.

Say the Hard Thing
“The difficulty with saying the hard thing is you know how it will feel to hear the hard thing.” It is never easy giving feedback that may not be received well, but it is the responsibility of every manager to do so. Not only for the person but for the health of the team. I’m not sure it gets easier with experience, only you find better ways to deliver it.

Building A Great Tech Team
I’ve never been a fan of rushing to hire people, most of the time it backfires. Simple points for building teams. As the saying goes “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

You can let things go…
A short blog I posted about unexpected behaviour of people in our teams.

11 traits of unforgettable leaders
Trust is the foundation for everything that happens in a team, gaining this has to be taken seriously and carefully! There is listed a good set of behaviours to help build trust. Also, good tips for 1:1 questions. Great quote included at the end:

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” — Jim Rohn

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