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Recommended Reading

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I’ve posted the recommended reading blogs for one year now. It was a little experiment and I’ve enjoyed putting my thoughts to a few blogs but this will be my last for now.

Here are posts from December that I recommend:

The Best Leaders Are Helpful
Being helpful to teams can be an overlooked priority for leaders. “Listen and understand what people expect from you, not what will make you look good.” This post should act as a reminder to focus on giving over taking and offers suggestions on ways to help your teams. Remember, sometimes getting out of the team’s way can be their biggest help!

5 Ways Introverted Leadership can make You a Great Manager
Introverted leaders can naturally allow others to shine so looking at some of their traits makes this a great post. I believe any type of leader can succeed as long as they have… Continue reading

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Here are a few blogs I recommend reading from this month…

The Ultimate Workplace Praise Guide: How to be More Positive at Work and Give More Praise to Your Team
“Positivity is a choice.” If a manager is always complaining and downbeat how do you think the team will feel? How a manager acts reflects in the team too, being positive and giving praise both play a major part of this. This doesn’t always come easily, it is hard and takes effort but this post provides a number of good tips to boost your positivity. It’s difficult to pick out one or two because I agree with so many, but animated GIFs are a powerful and fun way to praise and share emotions.

Why geeks should speak
I’ve only spoken at one meetup but can attest to it building self-confidence and your professional network. This post provides lots of examples… Continue reading

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On Leadership: Why building trust is the core of every successful team
“Trust is the foundation of every great, high-performing team.” Great post on why trust and relationships are so important and how to build them. From the way your teams interact can you tell if they are built on trust?

Good Leader vs. Bad Leader: 5 Situations You Face Every Day
We can read many posts on the leadership without knowing how to put it into practise, the situations in this blog help role-play interactions in your mind that might be familiar. “The good leader sees the glass half full that everyone wants to help them.”

From Tortured to Thriving: 5 Ways We Can Transform Our Work Experience for the Better
Work does get the blame for many things that aren’t going well in our lives but this… Continue reading

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Here are a few blogs I recommend reading from this month…

6 tips to be a better manager in the most common situations you’ll face
Asking for feedback from people has never resulted in too much success for me, a good tip is to “Ask for advice instead of feedback.” I do think that saying “I’m giving you this feedback because I want you to succeed.” can come across a bit pretentious and should only be used with certain people. The blog has good tips that is worth reading.

The 5 things your employee wants to say to you that you do not want to hear
“If you choose to listen, make sure you are ready to make changes based on what you hear or your best people who were willing to give you the feedback will walk.” Choose to listen! Transparency, communication, purpose are all crucial for building strong… Continue reading

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Here are a few blogs I recommend reading from this month…

Maslow on Management
Challenging blog looking into Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Motivation. “The famous Golden Rule, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is a failure of empathy.” Leaders of a team have the responsibility to meeting each person where they are and challenge them from there.

5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload
We all feel overwhelmed at times this covers a few pointers that may help. Checking your assumptions against other people’s priorities is worth doing. Also, I feel writing down a to-do list with notes is important so you don’t have to remember details, there is also satisfaction is crossing them off when done!

Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good Follower
Being a leader is being part of the group, sharing the… Continue reading

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How to Manage an Employee Who’s Having a Personal Crisis
Whether we like it or not people in our teams will go through difficult times, this covers good points for supporting those people in the right way.

The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings
I ask the “How’s it going?” quite often, even “How’s life?” too, these are questions people expect when starting a 1:1, particularly the first. They are a good way to start, but then be open how the person responds and flow from there. You will have questions prepared and variation is important, where this blog can help. Questions that are specific helps to avoid those vague answers.

8 Tips for Being a Good Tech Lead
You may not be hands-on coding anymore but there are still helpful points in this blog. I like the… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading